Idol or God, Fecal or Profound: The Lesser Choice is Only Comfortable Because We Don’t Know Better

Today we build economies by creating marketing messages or stories to make ourselves believe that we want a product and ultimately need it. In the ancient world pagan prophets were the marketers, and entire economies were built on idol worship. Idolatry has not disappeared, however, even today some idols are included among things that we think are necessary. Modern forms …

In What or Whom Do I Trust?

After some thought about how I could best help the regular readers of this blog, it occurred to me to begin sharing my personal Bible studies in a question format along with questions from the daily reading from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. Until today, my practice was to read two chapters from the Old Testament, two …

How to be Happy as a Materialist

To be happy as a materialist is possible. Dave Peard once said to me that money couldn’t buy happiness, but you could buy a Porsche and drive up real close to it. I’ve given it some thought, and I think I’ve figured out how you can be happy as a materialist. First, carefully guard your base of friends and make …

All Have Sinned and Fall Short

All Have Sinned and Fall Short, an Unpopular Message I don’t like to hear ‘all have sinned and fall short.’ I prefer clear cut good guys and bad guys. Since Das Boot and Cross of Iron hit the cinemas in the 80s, the movie industry occasionally makes an effort to give the German perspective of World War II. Recently Valkyrie …

Twitter Followers

Twitter Followers if reading this, I probably invited you to do so. Thank you for your favs and retweets. Please follow each other from the tweeted invite. I appreciate the encouragement and dialogue. I wanted to share with you some of the things I’ve learned about Twitter since I started using it this past March. Do I view Twitter Followers as …

The Portability of God’s Provision

I just posted on Twitter, ‘I love the portability of God’s provision.’ I mentioned it as a random thought of gratitude, but as I thought about it a little more, the idea expanded and deepened for me. I travel a lot, and I backpack. The thing I dislike about both, the packing. Packing for normal trips comes almost as second nature. I don’t …

Your Best Life Now? I Thought that Came Later

Your best life now depends more on the angle of your view rather than on your circumstances. Although anyone dealing with difficult circumstances, chronic disease, economic hardship, persecution, or difficult people agrees that it would be better if these circumstances would change, having your best life now is more about your inner life than your outward life. Perhaps Jesus wanted to …

Pray and Fast for Syrian Christians

Pray and fast for Syrian Christians. According to The Voice of the Martyrs, “Christians in Syria are fleeing en masse from threats, kidnappings, rapes and murders. …hundreds are crossing the border into Turkey and Lebanon daily. Sadly, these panic-stricken refugees have faced horrific circumstances and ongoing threats. Some point to a government that failed to protect them; others to the …