A Cup of Encouragement . . . with Curt

The words of an encouraging friend are like ice water on a hot July afternoon.       Wed. March 21                 Where seldom is heard a discouraging word . . .  Recently I shared a Denver taxi ride with a fellow writer.  Her speciality was using social …

Two of my common heroes: St. Patrick and Joseph

March 17, 2012 St. Patrick’s Day   I’d never linked two of my heroes until today. Joseph Jacobson (Joseph of the Old Testament in Genesis 37-50) and Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. Notice I did not call him St. Patrick of Ireland.  Patrick was British.  He was kidnapped as a young teen from his …

A Cup of Encouragement: The Empty Chair

Brennan Manning is a great speaker and writer.  The Ragmuffin Gospel   Abba’s Child     I heard him relate the following story about fifteen years ago. I’ve never forgotten it: Brennan Manning’s best quote: The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door …

Encouragement: God stays with us in the midst of trials

  One of the best parts of following Jesus is His faithfulness in the midst of trials. We are not exempted from trouble and tragedy.  Our comfort is simply knowing that He stands with us.  My travels to eastern Congo have taught me so much.  It’s a war-torn region rife with poverty, violence, and daily …

Wed. March 7 What is a “whupping stick”?

This is a favorite chapter of readers of The Wayfaring Stranger. Enjoy! Joe looked at the knife he already knew too well. He had felt its cold steel against his neck. He was facing a killer and he was now at a great disadvantage. They circled each other like two dogs. Amos was moving the …

What to do with a “whupping stick.”

  The Wayfaring Stranger Chapter  38       On the third day after Joe Moore had disappeared from Ten Mile,  Amos Long and his men were sitting around a campfire, talking, drinking, and laughing  when a boy arrived. The boy, about ten or eleven, walked up among the men and stood quietly. Finally, one of the …

“Hot as a Bottle of Tabasco”

Le Petit Baton Rouge When you step out of your vehicle at Avery Island, a sharp pungent odor burns your nostrils.   It is the smell of hot red peppers in the drifting in the air.  You’re at the home of Tabasco Hot Sauce.   A few years ago while touring the Tabasco plant, I first …