If you are a citizen of the United States of America, then I hope that you are aware of the humanitarian crisis rapidly approaching our southern border. Depending on which news outlet you choose to acquire your “facts” from, this “Migrant Caravan”, as it is being called, is either a group of freedom seeking peoples fleeing from the oppressive regimes within their own countries or a terrorist army marching to invade our sovereign nation; there hasn’t been much in the way of moderation in the news lately.
If you are like me, you probably see it all as a little to well organized; the cameras, the timing, the media coverage, and the amount of people all seem to point to an organized, politically motivated source, but regardless of how we may feel about this caravan, how it formed, or where they came from, the fact remains that it is still there and approaching quickly. Are they good people? Are they bad people? Are they terrorists? Are they seeking a better life? Are they seeking to overthrow our laws? We don’t know. What we do know is that this caravan is composed of people. Regardless of their intentions, we need to remember that one fact. We are dealing with human beings who were created in the image of God. I would like to offer a few of my thoughts on how we are Christians should be responding to these events.
Continue reading “Some Thoughts on the Migrant Caravan”
Part One: More Than A Story
If you’re like me, then you grew up watching countless Disney movies. One of my favorites was always Sleeping Beauty because it had an awesome fight scene between the prince and a dragon. For better or worse, we learned to see the world through the eyes of Walt Disney and the wonderful stories he created for us by bringing fairy-tales to life. Sadly, however, that also tainted the way that we began to look at other, historical accounts. You can tell any story with a happy ending, right? So even our darkest histories can be made “safe” for young audiences. One such account is the book of Esther. Continue reading “Esther: God In the Background”
(This is not actually an advertisement, nor is it an endorsement of an actual product. The following is for illustrative purposes only and is from a sermon I preached some time ago. I am not selling anything, but if you want to send me money, that’s perfectly acceptable.)
I’ve got to admit, when it comes to essential oils I’m a bit of a skeptic. Sure, I’ve heard about all the reasons I need to switch to an all-natural style of living, but I just didn’t want to get on board. That is, until I heard about True Life Essential Oils. Continue reading “True Life Essential Oils”
A few years ago, a commercial came out from The Truth Campaign, a nationwide anti-smoking campaign designed to target teens and young adults, that featured a couple of cowboys riding horses through stopped traffic in New York City, and then they sat down at a campfire in the middle of the street. One of the two had a guitar, naturally, and played while the other removed his bandana revealing a stoma in his neck. He pulled out his electrolarynx, a small device used by those who have had their larynx removed to communicate, and in his monotone, robotic live voice he began to serenade the crowd: Continue reading “You Don’t Always Die…”
Mom, thank you for not being perfect. I love you.
We set the bar pretty high for ourselves sometimes, but it’s more than likely that we will set the bar even higher for others, especially for our mothers. We live in a culture that idolizes perfection on paper, but detests it in practice, yet castigates others who fail to meet their definition of perfection. To be fair, it is a bit confusing; therefore, let us set a common mark for moms to shoot for. I suggest that since Jesus should be our example to live by, his mother, Mary, should be the examples for moms. So, let’s look at Mary through the eyes of both Scripture and our culture to see how our moms should measure up. Continue reading “Mommin’ Ain’t Easy”
‘Twas the month before Easter, when all through our home
All the people were sleeping, playing their phones;
On Facebook they hung their words without care;
They cared not for Jesus, but for Spring and a hare;
Continue reading “‘Twas the Month Before Easter”
Christmas trees are evergreens
With lights that sparkle in between
All wrapped in tinsel, bells, and bows
Around the tree our presents flow Continue reading “Christmas Trees are Evergreen”