Friday, Feb. 19, 2010

Little things… “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed…”  -Jesus in Matthew 13:31 Japan’s Nobunari Oda has probably never seen a mustard seed, but he would fully understand Jesus’ use of this metaphor. Oda stopped his free skate yesterday at the Vancouver Olympics ...

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Sat. Feb. 13, 2010

A pause that refreshes. I took a break from the computer this week.  I spent the week with my grandsons, most of it outdoors in spite of the weather. I purposely gave my laptop to my friend, Mark Miller.  He worked on several glitches I ...

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New Orleans: City I love, City I hate

New Orleans… City I love, City I hate Now as He (Jesus) drew near, He saw the city and wept over it. Luke 19:41-42 NKJV   This story from Hearts across the Water, was written in 2005.  It’s still one of my favorites because it ...

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Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010

Saints win! As the game wound down and the realization came that the Saints had won the Super Bowl, I thought back to Friday. I stood at the wooden coffin of Jimmy Arville as they closed his casket.  As an officiating minister it is my ...

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Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010

Gradual Miracles I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and wild beasts multiply against you. Little by little, I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased and possess the land. Exodus ...

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Friday, Feb. 5 Legacy… and our Saints

A few thoughts on legacy, finishing strong… and our New Orleans Saints. I remember well Sunday September 17, 1967. We rushed home from church and turned on the television to see the first regular season NFL game of the New Orleans Saints. I sat between ...

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The Wisdom of Home Friday, Feb. 5

“If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character, if there be beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the family home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation, when there ...

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Naming a character… I need your help

The following passage is from A Spent Bullet. The setting is a barn in Bundick, LA. in September 1941.  Our character, named XXXXXX, is a high school senior, country boy, wants to join the Army Air Corp and fly, and is fighting with his daddy ...

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Baptism

Scroll down to read about Harry’s first creek baptism. Baptized in a Hot Tub in a Dry Creek I knew trouble was in the offing when I saw steam rising from the baptistery this past Sunday morning. Even the glass plate on the front of ...

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Air Raid on the Bundick Road: An excerpt from "A Spent Bullet"

The following passage is one I wrote this morning on my upcoming novel, A Spent Bullet.  The novel is now at 80,000 words.  This selection takes place on a country road during the Army Maneuvers of September 1941 and is seen through the eyes of ...

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Taking care of your flocks…

“Know the conditions of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds.” -Proverbs 27:34 One of my best friends, Mark Miller, shared this fascinating story told by his grandfather, Jay Miller. Mr. Jay was the youngest of the seven Miller brothers, a family that made ...

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6 Words to Live by in 2010

Each year I try to select six words that guide my life.  This is my current list.  I’d love to hear from you on what your favorite word(s) are. 1. Passion 2. Grit 3. Gratitude 4. Balance 5. Legacy 6. Peace

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Commitment A lesson from Charles A. Lindbergh

Lindbergh on Commitment Charles A. Lindbergh instantly became world famous after his solo flight over the Atlantic.  However, the following story from the years before his trans-Atlantic journey reveal much about the character and commitment of this young man. This passage from Wikipedia details Lindbergh’s ...

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3 ways we can help in Haiti

1.  Pray for Haiti.  It’s the most important thing we can do, and everyone can do it. 2.  I plan to give through Baptist Global Response. I worked closely with them after the tsunami as well as in HIV/AIDs ministry in South Africa.  They are ...

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