Little Johnny is never told “No” by his parents. They are afraid to damage his little self-esteem. Johnny grows up believing he can have what he wants when he wants it. His wife and children suffer. Little Susie learns to be a skillful manipulator of her parents’ emotions as a toddler, honing the skill to … Continue reading How Not to Be Your Own Selfish Pig
The Bible clearly teaches that more and more people will grow less and less enamored with the preaching of the Word of God. They will not put up with it. Instead, they will “accumulate for themselves teachers who will suit their own passions.” As a result, they will turn away from truth and wander off … Continue reading Those Who Run from Suffering often Cause It
I remember it like it was yesterday. It is my 4th grade class with Mrs. Wade, and time for recess. Every day, it is the same. When the teacher announces recess, I am at once fearful and elated, excited and filled with dread at the same time. Why? I am excited and elated because I … Continue reading He Looked Past my Weakness and Chose Me Anyway
A young lady was sunbathing on the beach when a little boy in his swimming trunks, carrying a towel, came up to her and asked, "Do you believe in God?" She was surprised by the question, but she replied, "Why, yes, I do." Then he asked her, "Do you go to church every Sunday?" Again, her … Continue reading How do we make important decisions?
On the living room wall in Ethel Washington Braddy’s house in Winston-Salem, NC, there’s a large picture of her teacher and schoolmates from sometime around 1915. She is the only one still alive. Ethel has outlived her husband by more than sixty-two years. Only two of her seven children are still here, including Dilcy at … Continue reading “I’ll Be Ready When the Time Comes”
I know that many are out of work now, and I pray that the unemployment numbers will fall back to the pre-Covid percentages soon. But whether we are fully employed, half-employed, or even unemployed, God has called us to work and to a work ethic that reveals character. A study in the book of Ruth … Continue reading Live Quietly, Mind your Own Business, and Work Hard