Making yourself available to the Lord
A recently returned missionary gave a talk in church today. He related a story about one of the missionaries he worked with. This other missionary started out with a knowledge deficit, and less of a testimony than he would have wanted, but he had faith and a willingness to learn. In one of their conversations […]
Least in the Kingdom
I’ve read the following scripture many times and wondered why Jesus would speak so highly of John the Baptist and then follow up with what seems like a condemnation: Luke 8:24-28 24 And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the […]
Wishing I could speak Italian
If I could speak a new language I think it would be Italian. The movie Life is Beautiful probably influenced some of my thinking. Instead of having it translated, I choose to watch it in Italian with English subtitles. I love how it sounds.
Love you more
I prefer not to use “Love you more” as a reply to “I Love you”. In my opinion it cheapens the exchange. It takes the focus away from the love you share and makes it a silly competition. Instead of sharing the agreement of mutual affection, a couple is divided by an argument, playful though […]
Are ads on a site a reflection of its values?
Judging from the number of posts that get shared on Facebook, Glenn Beck seems pretty popular among my politically active friends and relatives. My political leanings aren’t far from his, and he seems sincere when he is speaking. But there are a few things that keep me from tuning in to his messages. The first […]
So many different worlds in this world
There’s so many different worlds, So many different suns. And we have just one world, But we live in different ones. — Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms These words are so powerful. They belong to one of my favorite songs, sung by Dire Straits. As I listen I imagine looking out at […]
If they come to listen, why do they talk?
Today I attended the All Things Open conference in Raleigh, where a bunch of tech people gathered to hear other people talk about technology. By the time I arrived, the main meeting hall was full so I found my way to an overflow room that had plenty of empty seats. There was a large video […]
And why should Caesar be a tyrant then?
Julius Caesar was a sale item on audible.com and I took the bait. The basic plot was familiar to me, so I must have read the book in high school. But, I really didn’t have an appreciation for the details until I started listening to it. This quote from Cassius stood out for me. It […]
To be partakers of Christ we must endure
Nobody is perfect, and therein lies the rub. There is no such thing as ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. We all need repentance. We always need repentance because we always fail to measure up to what the Lord has asked us to do. We are that lost sheep that needs the […]
Is being real, real?
I read an article that criticized the “Meet the Mormons” movie for being too wholesome and not showing the “real us”. I wonder what it would take to satisfy some people who seem to think that “being real” is showing everything that could possibly go wrong. When I look for cookie recipes online, I don’t […]