The First and the Last and the First

Well, the last day of hunting season is over, and it’s the first day of December! Did you get the deer of your dreams? We have a small herd of nearly a dozen deer that run our woods, but although Abby dreamed of catching one, they all got away! (Note the white tail to the … Continue reading The First and the Last and the First

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (39): To Resist or Not to Resist

The real problem with meditating on the commands of Christ is that many of them seem (and are) totally contrary to our human nature and therefore very confusing. It’s as if we’re on a hurdles course, and each new hurdle is higher or harder than the last in some respect. Last week, we learned about … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (39): To Resist or Not to Resist

Septic and Water Problems, Poverty and Wealth

Have you ever experienced first hand that “when it rains, it pours”? Among other complications with trying to build a new addition, our well shut down and had to be replaced, and the entire sewer line from our house to our septic system had to be dug up and the path restructured as well as … Continue reading Septic and Water Problems, Poverty and Wealth

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (35): “Agree with Your Adversary.” ??

Do you have an adversary? Somebody who opposes you at every turn? You may not have a true enemy (although around the world, I know many who do), but I think all of us can think of someone who tends to oppose us on a consistent basis. If there were someone in my life who … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (35): “Agree with Your Adversary.” ??

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (34): The Sweet Relief of Reconciliation

Matthew 5:23-24 “If thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” This is the first less-than-imperative “command” of Christ that I’m going … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (34): The Sweet Relief of Reconciliation

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (31): Rejoice and Leap for Joy!

If there was ever a teaching of Jesus that you’d think everyone would be happy to comply with, it’s his directive in Luke 20:23 to rejoice and leap for joy! Right? Well, maybe sometimes, but not when you read the context. The idea of rejoicing and leaping for joy brings to mind Jesus lying in … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (31): Rejoice and Leap for Joy!

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (28): What Does It Mean to Have Mercy and Not Sacrifice?

Last Sunday, on Easter morning, a friend who had been dear to my heart for almost 50 years died. Two of his daughters were at his bedside, holding his hands when he breathed his last. This was not an easy death. After 30 years of marriage, my friend walked out on his wife and family … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (28): What Does It Mean to Have Mercy and Not Sacrifice?

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (23): Do Not Think That I Will Accuse You

Many people envision God as The Great Judge who will determine our eternal destiny by weighing our souls in the Balance of Life after we die. If our good works outweigh our bad works, we’ll be ushered into glory; but if our bad works outweigh our good works, we’ll be cast into hell. Is that … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (23): Do Not Think That I Will Accuse You

Unforgettable Belgian Waffles: History and Recipe

The first time I ever met a “Belgian Waffle” was at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, which opened almost 55 years ago, on April 22, 1964.  What I didn’t realize then was that this Belgian dish, developed by Maurice and Rose Vermersch for the fair—sizzled at 500°F. in cast-iron waffle makers and selling … Continue reading Unforgettable Belgian Waffles: History and Recipe