Thursday, May 31, 2018

For what shall we live?

This past weekend, I celebrated Memorial Day with my family at the lake.  We grilled out, did some boating, played games and enjoyed each other's company.  While I feel privileged to live in a country where I am free to do as I please, I feel completely unqualified to speak about the true meaning of Memorial Day, having never served in the armed forces.  Roger Brady IS qualified. He served in the armed forces for 40 years and wrote this moving article comparing our freedom to live in the United States with our responsibilities of living in the Kingdom of God.  I hope you are moved as he explores the question, "For what shall we live?"

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wisdom rules

David, from the Old Testament was a dynamic leader, but had a sordid past that included adultery and murder.  His son, Solomon, became king, and could have followed in his steps, but instead Solomon went on to inspire some of the greatest literature ever written which is found in Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon.  1st Chronicles reports Solomon's encounter with God which served as a spring-board for Solomon's life.  God appeared to Solomon one night and directed him, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you."  Solomon could have asked for fame, power or riches, but instead he responded, "Give me wisdom and knowledge".  God honored his prayer abundantly.  I may not be leading a nation, but I want to remember this simple prayer to help make me do a better job with the people I come in contact with every day.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Church Hunters

Church Hunters
I have posted frequently about our church in Braselton, The Vine.  We love everything about it.  Our first exposure was to the worship services on Sunday mornings.  The sermon series are planned months in advance, and the music is done with excellence.  We got involved in a small group that meets during the week, and while the group has changed over the years, the relationships that get informed each season are enduring.  Caroline and I have each found a way to serve regularly, and we love the people we serve and serve with.   While I give full credit for everything good we have to God, I want to acknowledge our church's lead pastor, David Walters, for listening to God and leading me and the other members to God.  David has the unique gift of making me feel special, as if he is singling me out and ministering to me personally, but I have no doubt that most of the people in our congregation feel exactly the same way.  Thank you, David, for your faithfulness.   So, if you are looking for a church home in the Braselton area, we would love to see you.   We hope your search doesn't feel like this Church Hunters spoof featuring Jenny Jennings who I went to church with in south-Gwinnett 20 years ago (yes, she was a toddler then).  I have always believed that great comedy is the perfect blend of humor with truth.  I hope you have a great week.

Thursday, May 10, 2018


The father of one of our close high school friends died last week.  His funeral was in Columbus on Tuesday,  and Caroline and I attended.  I remember a time when I dreaded funerals - too much sadness, too much time and too much boredom.  I now look forward to funerals.  Seeing the sadness of the family hurts, but God always shows up -  sometimes quietly,  sometimes brashly, but always in His full majesty.  The hope that God gives to us of being reunited with those that have left this earth is one of the great things that He has done for me.  I want to celebrate that more.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Truth or Consequence

I wrote earlier this year about a book by A. W. Tozer called The Pursuit of God.  I enjoyed it and am now reading one of his earlier books, The Knowledge of the Holy.  Tozer will be revealing attributes of God throughout the book, but in Chapter 3, he talks about what an attribute is and what an attribute is not.  He defines it as "whatever God has in any way revealed to be true of Himself".  God can choose to reveal those truths to us through his creations, or He can reveal them directly to us through prayer and meditation.  Understanding that God is infinite, there are certainly truths that we will never know until we meet Him face to face.  But we should be assured, that God delights in our seeking to find these attributes on a daily basis, and He will only reveal them to us in His perfect timing.