S So what's wrong with gambling?

Is gambling wrong? What does the Bible say? So, what is wrong with gambling and playing the lottery? Many ask this question when they hear preachers say the Bible condemns it. They argue that it's just innocent fun and doesn't hurt anyone! But is that true? The reason gambling and even buying lottery tickets runs against what is taught in the Bible pretty much boils down to the reasoning behind it. Continue Reading »

S It's time to be planting garden corn

When I was a young boy, we would always put up corn in the summer. Of course, growing up in Louisiana, we raised field corn to eat, and I still prefer it to sweet corn. Field corn seems to go better than sweet corn with fried okra, purple hull peas, lima beans and garden-fresh tomatoes. Continue Reading »

S I can't see eating something quite so ugly!

I am pretty sure we are about to surpass the deficit of rainfall for this year. It would be a great feeling to be out of the red on rain. I know we don't ever take the water for granted and yet we sometimes seem to think it will just happen. I know who sends it. Continue Reading »

S Who shall bring a charge against us?

"Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us." Continue Reading »

S Some folks just want to play cowboy

Calves bawling and cows bawling back woke me this morning. I am immune to the occasional bellow but not the chorus that was going on at 5:30 a.m. I wanted that first cup of hot coffee but figured something else was gonna take precedence and it did. I could hear a horn honking as I pulled on my boots, so I knew I needed to hurry. There were about 50 head of cows on the highway, calves were up and down the road in the ditches and bucking, running and, if they could have, they would have been grinning! Continue Reading »

S The Wise and the Foolish

(From Sunday) "The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands."Proverbs 14:1 Today, it's Mother's Day, and it was suggested to me that I ought to preach on the topic. Though Mother's Day is not a Biblical observance, there are, most certainly, plenty of Scripture passages which speak of honoring and obeying one's mother. God commands all of us to honor our mothers, and more than on just one day each year.... Continue Reading »

S May is a lovely time in our area

Mid-May is a lovely time in our area. The weather is warm enough to get out and putter in the yard and garden but not yet too hot to be uncomfortable. Our early purple iris are gone and the bright yellow ones are winding down, but a variety of other colors have opened and the sweet-smelling peonies have begun to blossom. In Chinese tradition the peony symbolizes good fortune and is called "the flower of wealth and honor." I agree for, whether we have many coins in our pockets or few, we are rich indeed if we have a few of these beautiful blooms to clip and bring inside to add fragrance to our rooms. Continue Reading »

S Some Tips on Building a Raised-bed Garden

I love to garden. So when my wife Linda and I began building our new house last year, we made sure there was an area where we could have a garden. In fact, since the spot we really wanted for a garden was pretty steep, we had a neighbor level it with his dozer. We then built twelve raised beds. Each bed is 4-feet wide by 10-feet long by 20-inches high. And there's plenty of room for more beds if needed. Continue Reading »

S A Belated Tribute to Moms and the Values They Taught Us

You're driving down the street in the old home town when you see an approaching vehicle. You're not sure who it is but, as it passes by, you raise your hand with a friendly wave. Whoops. The driver of the car didn't look familiar, and he didn't raise his eyes from the road ahead. There was no responsive wave. Continue Reading »

S I am grieved at the school's handling of the matter

In the years that I worked in law enforcement and was assigned to work the majority of child-abuse and sexual-abuse cases in our county, I numerous times was hindered in obtaining the truth by school officials. Instead of notifying law enforcement when they received reports which indicated the possibility of a crime being committed, whether it was a child with bruises or an account of possible sexual abuse, officials often took it upon themselves to conduct their own investigations first.... Continue Reading »