Showing posts from April, 2020

Let Your Light Shine

"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house." ~Matthew 5:14-15 When we live a life using Jesus as our example, we become part of his light. That's what he was trying to tell us in this verse. For those we come into contact with, and aren't familiar with Jesus or the story of the Holy Bible, we are the only example they have of what a Christian is, and what a Christian is about. It may well be our example that leads a lost soul to salvation. Many people who didn't grow up in religious families find God and find the church through a friend.  Someone they've come to know and respect--somebody they've come to trust because of the example they set. Sometimes we forget that. Sometimes we're so intent on fitting in with a group of people, whether at work or socially, that we tend to emul

Be Still

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear,  but of power and of love and of a sound mind." ~II Timothy 1:7 I no longer believe in coincidences--I haven't for many years. When I look back, I see God's work in my life.  Everything good that's happened is a gift, and every bad thing that's happened was a lesson.  I see a life marked by many answered prayers as well as many unanswered prayers. Probably some of the best lyrics ever written were sung by Garth Brooks when he so eloquently explained that "some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers."  My Grandma Creason put it somewhat differently when she used to say, "be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it."  Sometimes we go through unpleasant seasons in life because we need to. It's part of God's plan for us.  "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of yo

Easter With Alabama: The Old Rugged Cross

I hope you enjoy this on your Easter Sunday. ~TEC

Coming Out of Quarantine Stronger

"For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come."   ~1 Timothy 4:8 There may never be another opportunity in our lifetimes like the opportunity we have now. This is my 18th day of shelter in place--since my employer told me to pack up my office and move it home. And suddenly, overnight, I go from a person who has more to do than hours in the day to do them to a person that has more hours in the day than I have to do. And it looks like I have at least 30 more days ahead of me. I'm just one of millions in this same boat. One question I've been asking myself is how do I come out of this quarantine stronger than when I went into it.  And my answer is to spend more time in prayer.  More time in the scripture.  More time reading inspirational works. And for the past 18 days that's what I've been doing. I have at a minimum another 30 days before I can return to