Ask

Jesus reminds us in the Gospels of Matthew (7:7) and Luke (11:9) that we are to Ask, Seek, and Knock. We have all kinds of excuses for not asking God for various things, but Jesus still commands us to ask. Asking is a matter of obedience. Asking demands that we realize we are dependent upon…

Gratitude

Zig Ziglar said gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions and often leads to more things for which to be grateful. I’m grateful to our Veterans. Yesterday, Priscilla and I attended the memorial service for a great friend, James Pope, who was also a veteran. I am thankful for his service to our country,…

Establishing Trust

Zig Ziglar used to tell us that honesty and integrity are essential for success in every area of life. Stephen Covey tells us that honesty is both telling the truth and leaving the right impression. He says that integrity is about keeping promises and treating everyone by the same set of principles. Both honesty and…

Greatest Commandment

There are numerous variations of Jesus’ two great commandments found in the Old Testament. I found one again today in one of my favorite verses in Micah 6:8. What does God require of me? To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God. As I get older, life gets more complicated, but…

Grandpa Kasten

Today was Grandpa Kasten’s birthday. I did a brief internet search for him. The internet didn’t know him. Too bad.  He was the dominant male role model for a good portion of my childhood. He was faithful, consistent, and conservative. Grandma had a stroke at the age of 51 and she lived her last 20…

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