How America is Like Israel

First….before we get any further let me explain a couple things: 1) I am NOT making some prophetic statement 2) I am NOT claiming that America is God’s chosen like ancient Israel 3) I am NOT politicizing or spiritualizing America 4) I AM simply making an observation Now that we have that out of the…

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Life & Spirituality

I’m sitting here this evening on the porch with a nice cigar and a glass of Kentucky bourbon – Bulleit to be precise – and just thinking about the crazy times we live in.  Right now we are one week away from electing the next president of the United States, and to say this election…

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The New Barber Shop

I spent my Sunday afternoon sitting in my local cigar lounge enjoying a nice Kristoff maduro cigar and a ShinerBock while watching the football action that the NFL had to offer.  On its own, that is a good day.  It is hard to beat a nice cigar with an adult beverage and some football.  But…

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A Response To the Refugee Crisis

Less than a week ago over 120 people were killed and several hundred more injured in Paris, France when ISIS terrorists hit several locations in a matter of moments. Once again, terror struck and emotions of shock, empathy, fear, anger, rage, and revenge began to hit us all.  And with social media as it is, everyone…

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Friend of Man

My friend, Chris Heuertz, who is an author, international speaker, and missionary who serves the poorest of the poor around the world, and worked alongside Mother Teresa for several years, once said that friendship evangelism is a betrayal of friendship. I couldn’t agree more. Today, most of our churches “evangelistic” efforts are filled with gimmicks…

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A Response To The Gun Control Debate

This is the actual response I had during a conversation with a friend last week just the day after the tragic shooting at UCC in Oregon last week.  It is somewhat raw, as it was just part of our conversation and by no means is a complete dialogue.  If it seems incomplete, that is why….

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How To Access The Joy Of The Lord

Most of us have probably heard the phrase “the joy of the Lord is my strength” at some point or another. In my experience, it seems that this particular phrase has become more of a saying people quote to one another than the life and truth that it was intended to carry. Let me explain….

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A Society Gone Mad

I’m sitting here this evening drinking some whiskey and watching a mixture of Cardinals baseball, cable news and Food Network and just thinking about how crazy things are in our world right now. I mean, in the news today is the county clerk in Kentucky who won’t issue marriage licenses to gay couples because it…

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You Are Righteous

Righteousness is NOT based on what you do, how you behave, or your actions and morality!!!  Period! Righteousness is a free gift by faith!!  Not earned, or kept by some code of conduct. Israel struggled with this forever (and still does) and the “church” has followed right in her footsteps, trying to earn or behave…

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Say What You Want?

We all have things we want to say. Some good… Some bad… Some useful… Some not… But we all have something to say. We all have opinions, some of them more informed than others, but opinions nonetheless.  We all want to express ourselves and be listened to.  We all have a voice that longs to…

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