If I may be perfectly honest with you, I had a problem with materialism for a large period of my life. I’ve heard many reasons and excuses people use to justify their need or addiction for material things. For example I’ve heard some TV ministers justify multiple homes and cars and airplanes and yachts because… Read More


  I read an interesting quote from Oswald Chambers in My Utmost from His Highest yesterday.  Let me share it:   “Satan does not tempt us just to make us do wrong things— he tempts us to make us lose what God has put into us through regeneration, namely, the possibility of being of value… Read More


“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”  (Psalms 34:18 ESV)   I am in Colorado as I write.  I am here because of an invitation my best friend Pete McKenzie made of me to help him continue to process through his grief of losing his wife Suzan a few… Read More


There seems to be a lot of activity going on around the world that could be described by some  people as “signs of the times.”  I mean, as a Christian if we avoid considering the possibility of this being the case, we would be like the myth that an ostrich  buries its head in the… Read More


Like many of you I have followed the tragic news and challenges with the people in Houston. A few days ago I was tearfully caught up in some stories of many rescues and acts of service by volunteers who risked their life, and for sure their time and money, to help people who couldn’t help… Read More


Let’s be honest. We’ve all told a lie at times in our life. It starts early in life doesn’t it? The reason is obvious to me. It is in our fallen nature to lie. Don’t be surprised when your young child lies. You need to remember that you did it too. I hope the “did”… Read More


I found this verse interesting when I read it:   “I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you.” (John 8:37 ESV)   Why does this interest me? There is no surprise that the people Jesus addressed in this passage were Jews (offspring… Read More


I woke this morning with a choice. The choice is which path I would choose to walk on this day. Would I take a path that seems right to me, or would I choose a path that generally goes against the norms of the world, and even my own human instincts? I’ve had this choice… Read More


Lately I’ve had a lot of personal experiences with God’s blessed assurance. I’ve seen sickness and death with some my dear friends. I’ve entered into their pain and loss. I don’t think a friend is really a friend if we do not do enter the pain of a friend. This is something that none of… Read More


I read a scripture today that reinforced my belief that while we may know about Jesus, we can still not know Him. More so we can do extensive study of scripture, and identify ourselves as Christians, but still not know Him. I will connect two key scriptures to reinforced my observation:   “So Jesus said… Read More


I write this blog while in my friend’s house in Southern California.  I remained in California longer than planned beyond his wife’s funeral, for there was something I needed to be part of in his life.  Not only are Pete McKenzie and I co-laborers with Influencers, but we have been the closest of friends for… Read More


I was at a wild game dinner years ago. The key speakers were my old football coach Johnny Vaught, and Bear Bryant. I had an opportunity to play for Bear but chose Ole Miss rather than Bama, due to family legacy and such. I’ve always been a fan of Bama, although not a fan of… Read More