I was thinking about Christmas this morning. About seemingly silly traditions that accompany this holiday. Moreover, I was thinking that it was wrong to celebrate in some of the ways we do. It was unfair. I was trying to sort in my head all the gifts that still needed to be made and purchase…

As I write this the temperature in Burley is right around 78 degrees. I have my office window open, which looks out at the park on the corner of 13th Street and Conant Avenue. As is the case on most sunny days the park is sprinkled with children and their parents playing various games, swing…

A couple of months ago, my wife and I were in Salt Lake City.  We found ourselves in a huge store dedicated to home decorating  It was filled to overflowing with things created solely to beautify our residences.  This place was huge, and as we wandered through looking for a specific type of …

Throughout the New Testament, Jesus gives us several parables or stories.  These contain   valuable lessons for each of us.  We know the story of a master who gave each of his three  servants a sum of money as the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25: 14-28). 

What are some things you have to do from day to day that you find hard to make yourself do?

When I was young, my parents taught me the principle of honesty.  They taught that nothing ever good comes from being dishonest.  Being a stubborn and mischievous boy, I had to experience their teachings for myself.  It was no surprise that they were right.

The other day I pulled into the church parking lot like any other day. However, on this day I noticed a young boy raking leaves at the Burley Public Library. It appeared as if he began raking from the alley between the church and the library and was working his way toward the front of the li…

When I was young, my parents taught me the principle of honesty.  They taught that nothing  good ever comes from being dishonest.  Being a stubborn and mischievous boy, I had to experience their teachings for myself.  It was no surprise that they were right.

Every story, every situation, every incident has at least two levels to it. The first level is the facts of what occurred. What adds spice and interest to the facts of any situation is the motivation. It seems to me that why something happen is usually more interesting than what happened, ev…

Jonah is the story of a guy who doesn’t like what God tells him to do so instead of obeying, he bolts in the very opposite direction -  what I call going Jonah!  Well he doesn’t get far before God stirs up the circumstances in his life – he’s thrown off the slow boat headed in the opposite d…

We read in Psalms 4:1 “Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness; thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress, have mercy upon me and hear my prayer.” David pleads to the Lord for mercy and understanding in the trials that he faces in his life.

What are some things you have to do from day to day that you find hard to make yourself do? How do you stop doing things you know you should not do? Maybe you have developed a bad habit of swearing and using bad language when around certain friends. Can you change this?

As I have been studying the New Testament I keep thinking about what Jesus said when He was crucified. "Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34). Isn't it interesting that some of the Savior's last words were to askour Father to forgive those that w…

I imagine for a non-born again believer in Jesus Christ that sitting next to me on an airplane is a little uncomfortable. Not that I am a nervous flyer who talks a lot in order to refocus my anxiety, because I typically enjoy flying and usually read or sleep. It is not that I intentionally t…

And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation." Mark 16:15

Last week I had the pleasure, like many others in our community, of getting “Locked up for Good.” Somehow my name was submitted to have me locked up in order to help raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). I was a little reluctant at first; however, memories began coming back o…

I have always liked action-adventure movies. I liked the car chases, the explosions, and the gun fights. This all changed thirteen years ago. My wife and I brought home our first child Christmas Eve. From that moment on, I have watched what seems like thousands of animated movies and family-…

Today we talk about being SCARED TO DEATH. The fear of death is one of the most powerful fears found among mankind. The great unknown, what-if, the deep dark abyss of death leaves even the stoutest of hearts fearful and undone.

Fear is a relentless and oppressive task master. Allowed to roam and rule our lives unchecked, it will sabotage the grace that God wants to pour without limit into those set free by His Son Jesus.

Like many parents before me, I have kids in college. My two daughters attend a Christian college in Wisconsin. Even with today's technology and internet sites like Facebook and Skype, which allows us to see pictures or make free video calls, the distance between us seems enormous. That is wh…