Some Assembly Required

Parents of younger children (and older children, too!) are receiving many requests right now from their children about what they would like for Christmas.  As the parents decide which gifts to get for their younger children, it is inevitable that they will find that some of the gifts have these words on the box, “Some… Read More »

The Greatest And Most Valuable Gift

Michael Sparks of Nashville, TN browses through thrift stores during his spare time.  It’s turned into a hobby that is more for enjoyment than financial reward, although he has made a modest amount of money buying and reselling items that he has found.  One day he found a copy of the Declaration of Independence that… Read More »

A Trip To Bring Us A Gift

Lots of people will be making trips this month to take gifts to their family and loved ones.  It is one of the joys of this season.  There is a reason why there is more retail commerce that takes place this month than at any other time of the year.  The reason is that we… Read More »

Follow In His Steps

The Reader’s Digest is an excellent publication.  It is always filled with informative, uplifting, and entertaining writing.  I found this piece some time ago. The Property Laws of Toddlers If I like it, it’s mine If it’s in my hand, it’s mine If I can take it away from you, it’s mine If I had… Read More »

Veterans Day

We have the opportunity to be here today because of men and women who have served and fought to preserve our freedoms.  It is entirely appropriate that we remember and honor them.  Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is a federal holiday observed annually on November 11.  The holiday was set on November 11 because that… Read More »

Without Excuse

            Merilyn, my mother, and I had an excellent vacation to northern California last week.  We flew into San Francisco then went east to stay in a small town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.  From there we visited Lake Tahoe, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, and Yosemite National Park.  Then going… Read More »

Everything Is Made New by Mike Riley

Almost everything this writer possesses is old (including myself – 67 years) — an old car (11 years); old clothes (5-10 years); old appliances (10-20 years); old furniture (10-20 years); old television (18 years); old computer (7 years); old dog (15 years).   However, when we are “in Christ” (Gal. 3:26-27 – “For in Christ… Read More »

Elements Of God’s Truth by Mike Riley

Anyone seeking the truth of God, must understand some basic elements of that truth. The following three elements are a necessity to understand: 1) There is a standard of truth — Just like in any area of life, there are standards that must be followed in order to achieve successful results. For example, there is a standard of 12 inches in… Read More »

Listen To God

A question I often ask myself when preparing a message is, “What do the people who will listen to this message need to hear more than anything else?”  The obvious answer is, “A word from the Lord.”  Any Scripture from God is far more important than anything I could offer.  But then the question arises,… Read More »