06 Nov: The Right Time to do the Right Thing

Moving back to a working farm, my wife and I knew there would be good surprises and bad ones. Some of those surprises are just forgotten realities. We are enjoying far more good than bad, but the bad ones are there. An example is the flies. Flies follow cattle. They get worse this time of year as they are looking for warmth. And this year, we started our biggest remodel project on our house in October. Building on and replacing deteriorated structure, means lots of holes until the remodel is done. Flies are like the constant efforts of our enemy, the devil. When the sanctuary (our home, our church, our nation) has holes in it, the flies come in. In our nation, those bent on ushering in advanced levels of immorality (in the name of acceptance), are essentially standing at the door keeping it open. Those at the greatest risk…

30 Oct: To Be An Ambassador

Being an outdoorsman, I submitted an article I wrote in 2012 for consideration to outdoor magazines. Fur Fish and Game picked it up as the cover story of their June, (2012) magazine. The article was about an encounter I had with an especially large and aggressive grizzly in Alaska. It will always be in the top ten favorite memories for my life. If you want to read it (nothing to do with church security), you can buy the Fur Fish & Game, June 2012 edition at http://furfishgame.com/store/product275.html for $4.00. I named the article, “Old Friends in Alaska”, as it was my friend from Kindergarten I was hunting with. John and I have enjoyed outdoor adventure together for almost 60 years. While the FFG editors made very few revisions, the ones they did make were a total misrepresentation of me. First, they renamed it, “The Big Bad Bear”. That sounds like…

23 Oct: Do Not Become Weary

A good friend carries Galatians 6:9 as the signature line of his emails. A year ago, when I got an email from him, he had no idea how much I needed that reminder at that moment. Consider the entire quote of Paul when he wrote that line in his letter to the Galatians, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Paul knew struggles and he knew that we too would know struggles. Struggles are different for different people. Our struggles change with the seasons and situations in our life. It could be marriage, raising children or grandchildren, health, finishing a book or leading a company, community or country. I often think of David in the 12th chapter of 2nd Samuel. In that passage he faces the reality that his son would die as a…