Category Archives: Faith

How much are you loved?

Laura can testify that this next sentence is absolutely, unequivocally true. Gus lives like a king in our house. When we first got him, we hadn’t yet brought Kiley into the world, so he was, and always will be, our first child. Therefore, we spoil him, love on him, and treat him like one of the family. He eats Blue Buffalo brand dog food to keep him fit and healthy. (Blue Buffalo is the one of only a few brands of food that doesn’t have corn or some other starch as the first and main ingredient. Science Diet, Eukanuba, Purina One, and all the other malarky will fatten your dog over time and isn’t as healthy as the marketing will lead you to believe.)

Gus has his own blanket on the couch so he can be comfy when sleeping up off the ground. He gets special treats for going pee-pee outside, to the point that when he finishes, he can’t wait to get back inside to get his treat. He gets walked almost every day I’m home, and has free reign over his kingdom: our quarter acre back yard. He has even taken to sleeping in our bed, something even Kiley won’t be able to do! Yes, he is treated well, indeed.
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Persistent Patience Pays

God was quite a blessing today to both Laura and me as we started day one of our vacation celebrating our fourth anniversary and Independence day with my family in Texas. Believe it or not, we’re not made of money, and thanks to the Total Money Makeover, most all the money we do have is allocated to things of a much higher priority than vacations and travel. Through my work, we can buy standby tickets for about 40 dollars each way to Texas, but with today’s airlines packing each flight as full as possible, there aren’t many empty seats left for us to take. We also hate to pay full fare for flights to Texas when American has five daily flights from Columbus, so if we don’t make one, we can usually make the next one. It’s just hard to rationalize (Dave Ramsey style) paying for full fare tickets when we get very affordable standby tickets.

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Heal the Man -> the Family -> the Nation is a website I heard about while listening to Glenn Beck’s radio show.  I think they are doing the right thing to help wake people up in this country to spur on revival.  The are giving away a free book to anyone who asks for it (by clicking above) to help restore the men in our country.  They will in turn, restore their family, and the family will in turn, restore America.  What a wonderful premise and generous way to help move this country back to where it was founded.  Below is an excerpt from their website to explain more.

Will you commit to praying for our nation and maybe even donating some books for their cause so others will have a chance to have a great book for free?
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Our weakest moment is God’s greatest.

How many times have you heard the phrase, “God won’t put more on you than you can bear?” It’s always meant to be helpful and encouraging and is usually said to someone in great pain, to help them cope. It sounds good, and it sounds helpful, and it certainly sounds Biblical, but unfortunately, it isn’t any of those things. No where in the Bible is this statement found.

Pastor David Dykes, of Green Acres Baptist Church, in Tyler, Texas, has a great sermon series entitled, “NO! That’s not in the Bible.” It takes on a lot of quotes people say that sound Biblical, but aren’t. I encourage you to follow this link to search for those sermons in both audio and readable formats.
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I am second

I am second is a website that tells the stories of famous people who give credit to God for their success. It’s really neat to see people like Colt McCoy, Jason Witten, and Tony Dungy talk about how God is first, and they are second. Click on Jason’ picture above to see his video.

It’s hard to be happy in this world without God. Many can be successful without Him, but even with all the success in the world, people without Christ in their life will always be trying to fill a void in their heart. With a void, people will always be looking for more happiness, success, money, and fame to make their life complete. The trouble is, without God, there will never be a complete life and that hole will always linger, gnaw, and grind away like a rock in one’s shoe.

Personally, I don’t know how anyone can get through the troubles this life brings without God in their lives. When life really gets tough is when people usually wonder whether there really is a God and why He’d let their life get so low. Ultimately, He wants us to worship Him, through the good and the bad, and until Heaven, we can’t know what God spared us from, even when our life is at it’s lowest point.

In a culture that worships the almighty “ME” out of selfishness, it is nice to see people say that they are second, not first. They acknowledge that their success comes from God, and that the accolades from men last but only a moment. How about you — are you first . . . or second?