Spectator Sport?

Recently, I missed our Sunday morning assembly due to being sick.  I cannot remember the last time I missed an assembly due to illness.  While I was not feeling well, I still did my personal study during the congregational bible study time and then tried to decide what I would do next. I turned on…

Symptom Suppressants

I heard this the other day, “Do you know the difference between a doctor and God?  God doesn’t think He is a doctor.” I know that I am not a doctor either, but I do have observations of health that have shaped my personal practice.  One is that I avoid symptom suppressants.  Because our society…

Mood Mastery

A plague has hit Alabama within the past few years…Kratom.  Kratom is an herbal extract derived from a root that grows in Southeast Asia.  While illegal in the countries it grows in, this substance has been imported into the U.S. and now sells in some convenience stores as a “5 Hour Energy” type product called…

Dedicating God’s Child

In celebration of our youngest granddaughter’s birth, we recently attended her baby dedication at my son’s congregation.  They were celebrating the addition of eighteen children to their church family in the past year.  It was a beautifully done celebration. A special touch was that all the men who led the service were the fathers of…

“Matt’s Story”

Matt’s story has a familiar beginning. He’s from a good family and grew up going to church. While he was a good student and played sports all through high school, his drug use started when he was only 13 years old, trying marijuana and alcohol with friends. It escalated from there. After high school, Matt…

The Humble Christmas

Christmas is the time of year most filled with expectations.  Some from our childhood experiences, some from our culture, and some from the constant onslaught of our media.  But I have the privilege of spending Christmas with many whose experience does not measure up to these expectations. I am with those living in the shelter…

Saying “Yes” To His Way

(taken from Tom’s Reynolds’ message at His Way’s December 3rd Christmas dinner) His Way is about God’s power transforming lives eternally. He began by transforming mine.  As God led me through the greatest tragedy of my life, through the wilderness of an unknown future my unwavering belief was, “All things work together for the good…

Chad’s Transformation

On October 18, 2015, His Way celebrated its 19th one year graduate.  While one year of sobriety is a great accomplishment this graduate’s story is even more remarkable. Chad had already suffered many years of loss due to substance abuse and the crimes that come with it.  He had spent a combined seven years in…

Do You Want What You Have?

Seeing Tiger Woods struggle shooting rounds of +4 and +3 on golf courses he dominated for years, causes questions to continually swirl regarding his future and even his present. Golf commentator, Paul Azinger, made a statement that as an entire generation tried to duplicate Tiger’s swing; he was trying to change it.  Tragically the only…

The Charleston Difference

The peace, quiet, and harmony in Charleston, SC after the tragic racially motivated murder of nine African-American Bible study attendees at Emanuel AME church on June 17, 2015 by a white supremist  youth stands in stark contrast to the almost year-long protesting, rioting, and violence following the killing of one African-American youth in Ferguson by…