Our Frustration, God’s Glory

This past week my family and I were in a car accident. It wasn’t our fault, we were rear ended at a stop light. We are not sure if our car will be totaled, but if it is this would be the 2nd car accident in 2 years where we were hit and our car got totaled. On top of this we were supposed to travel to Ohio to visit my sister, but with injuries this prevented us from our plans. Of course I was frustrated all weekend because this accident threw a monkey wrench in my plans. I hate when my plans are ruined. My wife on the other hand turned and told me that maybe this happened for a reason, maybe we weren’t supposed to make that trip to Ohio. Hard words to hear and of course frustrating. My response is that God does not work that way. He does not cause pain or suffering to advance His plans. However, maybe I’m wrong???

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Muttering Leads to Happiness

It’s been a while since I have blogged last. Nearly 3 years. Since that time this world has gone into chaos with Covid and a divided nation and now with my home denomination, the United Methodist Church, splitting at the seams. I have also gone through some rough times as well. I lost my oldest brother to Covid complications, and I have been moved to a new church. Needless to say, it has been a rough few years for me personally and for most of us. So I decided to write again. I think for most of us we all wonder what will truly bring us happiness. Our nation is at an all time high in cases of depression and it seems like there are not enough prescription drugs to help the cause. Maybe this is why so many people turn to alternative means to help their state of mind. So how do we help those who feel no sense of joy or happiness?

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Bodily Resurrection???

Our time of mourning and repentance is over. Easter is upon us. During Lent we spent 40 days focusing on what hinders us from Jesus. We fasted, prayed, gave up, repented, and cried out to the Lord. We asked God to create in us a new heart and spirit. One that is not fashioned out of stone, but out of His own. Now we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We turn our eyes not toward the cross, but toward an empty tomb. Jesus has conquered the grave! He has turned our mourning into joy! Read More

Repentance???

Last Wednesday most people were celebrating Valentine’s Day with that special someone. However, this was not the only celebration taking place this year on that day. February 14 was also the beginning of the Church season of Lent. It is marked with the service of Ash Wednesday. Lent is the 40 days before Easter (not counting Sunday’s) where we recognize the significance of the Cross and the death of Jesus Christ in our lives. Usually during this season Christians all over the world fast, pray, read scripture, and repent. It is also a season of reconciliation as we invite people who have fallen away from the Church to return and be reconciled. I always find it interesting that more Christians do not celebrate this season. Read More

Real Hope…

In the past month we have witnessed fire damage, hurricane forces, earthquakes, flooding, and now a mass shooting where at least 59 have died and hundreds wounded. Not to mention the famine in war torn countries, genocide, and persecutions that happen all around the world every day. We need to remember that tragedies can happen anywhere because we know that the darkness and evil principalities are seeking to destroy us. However, let us not despair. Read More

I’m so inadequate…

Have you ever had one of those weeks or moments when you are reminded just how unprepared you are for your job, family, or life in general? You know those moments when you are hit with something from left field and it leaves you feeling completely inadequate? This past week it happened to me. Read More

Vacation from God…

I know it has been a long time since I blogged but, you know how life can work. Everyday we must make priorities and this was put on the back burner. Well I am trying to bring it back to my routine. This summer has been crazy and very fast. I mean the summer vacation season is almost passed. I started thinking about vacations… Read More

Dry and Thirsty, Love and Lent…

As I sit here in my house, I am taking great pleasure in listening to the rain fall on the ground. Why I am taking so much pleasure is because in the western panhandle of Oklahoma, like most of the central and south west, we are in a serious drought. Less than a month ago Oklahoma and Kansas were plagued with grass fires because of the drought. Many farmers lost crops and ranchers lost parts of their herds. So to see and hear the rain fall I take much delight. I believe that drought is one of the hardest times in our lives. Not just physical drought, but more importantly spiritual drought. Read More

Good Blog from Dr. Watson…

Have you ever noticed that Paul rarely talks about Satan? Jesus, particularly in the Synoptic Gospels, engages Satan directly or indirectly quite often. Paul does not. The role that many Christians assign to Satan, Paul seems to assign to Sin. To be clear, he isn’t so interested in particular sins (though he does address these […]

via Sin, Depravity, Calvin and Wesley: Trying to Make Sense of This Stuff — David F. Watson

Lent 2…

“Don’t be a hypocrite,” is a statement that we use and hear a lot in our culture. It is also a word that Jesus uses a lot in His sermon on the mount found in Matthew 5-7. Hypocrite is the Greek word for actor. In a simplistic understanding a hypocrite is someone who pretends. This happens a lot in our Church as a whole. People claim to be a follower of Christ, but their actions speak very differently. It seems that a lot of people put on a very good show, especially on Sunday’s, but for the most part of their lives that is not who they really are. A few verses from Matthew will bring out my point. “And when you fast. Don’t put on a sad face like the hypocrites. They distort their faces so people will know they are fasting. I assure you that they have3 their reward. When you fast, brush your hair and wash your face. Then you won’t look like you are fasting to people, but only to your Father who is present in that secret place. Your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matt. 6) Read More