Death

ED14CE5E-684C-4D44-9C2E-F4956EEF22DC“”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Death

Since Cain killed Abel, every human has died, save Enoch and Elijah. When I heard the news about Kobe Bryant’s tragic death, my first thought was that life is a precious gift that can end at any time. We all must be ready. Now I acknowledge that everyone has their religious freedom and I respect that choice. I believe God gave us that choice because He wants us to choose Him—what a beautiful gift of life and an extraordinary option of eternal life. Praise be to God!!

Reedy Chapel

9EDBB854-4FED-4AC7-8E39-468A743377D6“What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭14:26‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Reedy Chapel Christian Church

Growing up in a very rural area, I was blessed to have a father who made sure we attended Church. It was a simple community one, but it had the essentials of a true Christian Church. The members faithfully supported and encouraged one another. We sang traditional hymns with piano accompaniment (I actually played for a time). The Gospel was preached and discussed. We always shared Communion. This tiny Church taught me the values I possess as an adult and I even had all three of my children christened there. The importance of this discipling continues to be reinforced in my life.

Happy Birthday H.A. Tisdale

In honor of my son’s birthday, I present this amazing book.  It is the first of a trilogy, written in his first year of law school.  He has always been a gifted writer with a brilliant mind.  In sixth grade, he won second place in a short story contest in the greater Richmond metropolitan area for all grades 6th through 12th.  It was at that time that I knew he possessed an extraordinary talent.  Through the years, his keen intellect has always placed him at the top.  Now, as he endures the rigorous requirements of a prestigious law school, he creates a masterpiece. I invite you to read this book for a fantastical journey.

Smitten

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“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Smitten

One meaning of smitten is an intense love for someone that exceeds all boundaries. In the most positive sense, it exemplifies the true meaning of loving with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind. It is absolutely unconditional, requiring nothing, but giving everything. As a hopeful romantic, I still believe it exists and should be the ultimate goal. But, it is not flesh and bones; it is spirit and commitment. For feelings alone will always fade, but true love endures.

Live in the Present

5F962604-2EC1-4410-BBA2-3D923BB4DC71“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:12‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Our church message today is that God is always with us each moment and we must live in the present.  The many distractions of this world tend to misdirect our focus on things that do not bring us closer to God.  Indeed we should be still, away from the “noise” and feel God’s presence.  Only then can we live to our true identity.  As the new week begins, I will strive to stay in the moment and live in this awareness and stop worrying about what lies ahead.  God is with us always and will be there forever and all we have to do is have Faith.

Friends

1A53C225-0385-4AB6-A484-D4646838458D“There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭18:24‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Friends

Many people I know claim to have numerous friends. While I admire hundreds of people, I have come to realize that I have a small cadre of true friends. As the Proverb states, a real friend is closer than a brother. During some of the most difficult periods in my life, a handful of people actually gave me their unwavering support. Some of my “friends” distanced themselves and gossiped about my misfortunes. As the wise saying goes, “true friends walk in when others walk out”. Now I am not so vain as to think I have always been a true friend to others either. Being a true friend requires sacrifice and I have not always been able to fulfill that role. Perhaps my own standards have limited how many friends I have. Still I will press onward and try to love others as commanded.

Vanity

93A2229E-9573-44C7-A656-833658BE3E5F“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.””
‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭16:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Vanity

One of my favorite movies is The Devil’s Advocate.  In it, Al Pacino, portraying the devil, states that vanity is his favorite sin.  Our culture has promoted “beauty” to the point that we often lose focus on what is most important. Social media has become our “reality”, which can be beautified to portray “perfect” lives. Apparently this perfect life facade has left many people feeling inadequate in their real lives, resulting in depression and suicide.  In addition, over the last few years, there have been hundreds of deaths from accidents relating to taking selfies.  In the past week, a young female model fell off a cliff in Australia trying to catch that perfect pic.  While looking one’s best is clearly beneficial, there must be a higher priority placed on one’s inner self.  That inner beauty is always more attractive ultimately.