Faith

Highs and Lows

Highs and Lows

It’s been well over a month since I wrote something on my blog.  It’s been a month of extreme highs and lows. I left on December 8th for Orlando, Florida. With Traci, my wife and best friend in the world, where we spent 5 days at Disney World (sans kids) celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. We had the time of our life. We had been planning on this for awhile. We…

Greed, Unbelief, and Fear – Why I Didn’t Tithe – Part 2

Greed, Unbelief, and Fear – Why I Didn’t Tithe – Part 2

This is part 2 in a series. To read part 1, go here. I still didn’t completely understand why God has chosen to speak to me that morning in such an intimate way, back on October 6th. I didn’t think it was just arbitrary. But, if God wanted me to trust Him, then I would. I was tithing… and loving it. Then Came November 2 I was out for a…

Greed, Unbelief, and Fear – Why I Didn’t Tithe – Part 1

Greed, Unbelief, and Fear – Why I Didn’t Tithe – Part 1

This is Part 1 of a 3 part series. I felt like the topic was important enough because it marks a 180 degree transformation and change of my previous belief and understanding. For the last 90-100 years of my life, I have adamantly believed that “tithing” has no place in the New Testament church. Giving yes. Tithing No. Essentially I taught that tithing was an Old Testament concept that was…

Staring at This Blankly

Staring at This Blankly

I’m not sure if “blankly” is a real word or even if it is proper grammar, but it is what I have been doing for the last 3 years. That’s kind of a sad testimony when you stop and think about it. Three years slipping by doing things with that blank look on your face. You know what I’m talking about. That passion-less existence That purpose-less existence That just-getting-by existence…

For Faith Lautzenheiser

For Faith Lautzenheiser

Today I watched two brothers, ages 12 & 15, serve as pallbearers, carrying the small, ivory-white casket of their little sister to her grave site. No photos for this post. None are necessary. It is a sobering reminder of the junk that I feel is important and the meaningless stuff I worry about fade into nothing. I listened to her father and mother tell stories of their daughter’s life, her…

So That You Can Take Your Stand

So That You Can Take Your Stand

I have two links to share with you today. This is a bit of a follow up from my previous post about simply being “worn out.” Sometimes I can’t believe how relentless the world is to continue to beat you down… it comes from every direction, non-stop, to the point that there are no more safe zones where you can relax your guard. Ephesians 6:10-18 is all about putting on…

Politics, Gay Rights, and Gun Control

Politics, Gay Rights, and Gun Control

Here it is, March 28th, 2013. I heard a song today on the radio called “Worn.” The heart of the song expresses exactly how I’m feeling in three areas. Politics – I wonder if my parents felt this beat down by all of the politics. After all, when I was growing up there was the Kennedy assassination, Watergate, Jimmy Carter, Vietnam, Iran hostages, etc. Were my parents this worn out…

Genesis to Revelation in 65 Days

Genesis to Revelation in 65 Days

Today is March 6th.  65 days ago (which was January 1st), I made one of those crazy New Year’s Resolutions to read through the entire Bible, one book per day. As of about an hour ago… done. Some days were long… reading through Genesis, Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc. Other days were very short… reading through Philemon and Jude.  For the first 50 days, I also read 3 Psalms per day until…