In God We Trust

July 19, 2011
I spent this past weekend with my parents. Subsequently, I attended their church service on Sunday. Our lesson: trust. It occurred to me that on the front of every coin was the phrase, “In God We Trust.” It also occurred to me that I’ve never really considered how powerful this message was…or where it originated so I took a quick history lesson. Perhaps you already know the story. I can assure you that there’s much more to the story than what I’ve captured here. On November 13, 1861 Reverend Mr. M. R. Watkinson of Ridleyville, Pennsylvania sent a...
Bad Boys

July 12, 2011
This past weekend, our church continued the series, “Bad Boys of the Bible.” As you know, I find that reviewing these lessons here is the best way for me to share the word of God as well as reflect on the lesson each week.First, we took a look back at some of the most popular bad boys of our time:1950s: The original bad boy of Hollywood…Mr. James Dean. He lived by these words, “Live fast, die young and leave a good looking corpse.” And he did. 1970s: The “Fonz” 1980s: Bad boy on the tennis courts. John McEnroe  1990s: Dennis Rodman2000s: Big Ben...
Washed by Grace

July 05, 2011
We all know people who do all the “right things” and yet bad things still happen. Conversely, we also know people who live crazy lives and they always seem to prosper.I think I first became familiar with this concept when I was in high school…specifically when I was taking the SATs. You see, I studied incredibly hard to make the grades I made. I was an A/B student, but school didn’t come easy to me. When it came time to take the SATs, I didn’t even break 1000. Meanwhile, I noticed other kids who barely made it to school on time to take the test – they might...
Hurt People, Hurt People

June 28, 2011
I think it’s funny that we so often view Biblical characters as the ultimate role models. Sure, there are plenty of heroes demonstrating obedience, faith and love. But, more often than not, the majority of Biblical characters are much like the rest of us…human and flawed. No matter the character or their behaviors, we can both relate to them and learn from them. With that said, this past weekend, my church started a new series called, “Bad Boys of the Bible.” Catchy…right?We started this series by looking at the book of Philemon…25 verses squeezed between...