Real Joy

Real Joy

A few blogs ago I wrote about Joy. The final statement in that blog was:  “Real joy can’t be found in material things no more than real joy can be taken away by the loss of material things.” A very true statement, but how does a statement of truth become workable in my life?  How…

I’m Actually Not Crazy

I’m Actually Not Crazy

“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.” George Orwell from 1984. I had to read an important book back in 8th grade when I grew up in Maitland, Florida. That book was English author George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, often referred to as 1984. I read…

Joy for Sale?

Joy for Sale?

How often do we equate joy, the feeling of happiness and peaceful contentment, with material things or how well things are presently going in our lives? We are all prone to complain and bellyache more about what we do not have or what has gone wrong or what is going wrong rather than being joyful…

Passing the Test

Passing the Test

Last Monday, I was compelled to write about current events. I was deeply grieving the past weeks’ many developments culminating in the civil protests now labeled the Capitol Riots. Since my last post, we have experienced a second impeachment of the President of the United States by the U.S. House of Representatives. There are thousands…

Good Medicine

Good Medicine

The world in which we live is a sad one. Laughter and joy have been replaced with anger and fear. The culture seems to say “How dare you laugh and enjoy yourselves!” As Christians, we can and should have joy and happiness, even in heated times. James, in his letter to persecuted believers, wrote, “Count…

What If You Lose In November?

What If You Lose In November?

Last evening I watched a few segments of the Democratic National Convention. Ideological symbols were flamboyant to say the least. Scenes of multi-culturalism, protests, and mask wearing flashed across my screen. My point here is not to open up my political position or what party I am in favor of. What I am driving at…

Mundane

Mundane

This week, I’m taking a much-needed retreat with my family to Homer for some camping with friends, so my blog post this week is short, quick, and to the point. If you were to drive by my house, it’s pretty much 95% guaranteed that my lawn would be in immediate need of mowing. I try…

Sorrow Turned to Joy

Sorrow Turned to Joy

We are experiencing a great deal of sorrow in our culture right now. Many are struggling with different heartache, anger, and pain. It is always a challenge to see what God is up to when we are going through agony and hurt. But God is always at work even when we don’t see His purposes….

The Provision of God, Pt. 3

The Provision of God, Pt. 3

Nestled far up in the High Sierras over 9,000 feet in elevation are a twin set of lakes called Virginia Lakes. At first glance, nothing in particular distinguishes these from any of the other scenic lakes which dot these rugged California mountains. But few places in the world mean as much to me as this…