Standing by himself, he tugged at his clothing trying somehow to just disappear. Abandoned and alone, fear choked out faith and depression robbed him of reason. He had fled a defeated foe and was hiding from an imagined fate. He was running from the Queen. The prophet of old was hiding in a cave.

The tiny white ball of fluff raced pell-mell around the room. His ears flopped about, and his tail wagged furiously. Our Golden Retriever, Maggie, was meeting this little dynamo for the first time. The puppy jumped on Maggie and played with her tail. They had a great time together. We were h…

Solomon, The Teacher/Preacher, dealt with a subject in Ecclesiastes 7, which has been a hot topic of conversation in every century.  Ecclesiastes 7:10 reads, “Don’t ask why the old days were better than now, because that is a foolish question.” (CJB)  Everyone has certainly heard someone spe…

My eyes were glued to the screen as I watched the enormous crawler-transporter with the Saturn V rocket move slowly towards the launch pad at Launch Complex 39. The crawler is 131 feet long and 114 feet wide. Weighing over six million pounds, the crawler moves with the power of 16 diesel loc…

Most of us, including myself, place a far greater value on possessions than we should.  The Bible has a lot to say about possessions, namely our attitudes toward them and what we do in order to obtain and keep them.  Material possessions are not bad, in fact they are necessary for our surviv…

Today is the first day of Autumn one of my favorite seasons of the year. Before we know it, we will be experiences colder weather. We get the opportunity to experience the beauty of nature as the different changes take place. The beauty of the changing off the color of the leaves, no more gr…

I went to the Hot Springs farmers market at 7am on Saturday morning. Between 8am and noon five of us stood behind different tables in the interest of providing food/health education to folks coming to the market. We have always called this annual event “Food Day.”  So maybe people would come…

The stately two-story house stood on the banks of Lake Houston. In the forty years since she had been lovingly built by her family, she has never seen anything like it. Wave after wave of heavy rains batter her. The winds are swirling around her, and she is creaking and groaning as she strug…

Most of us view vows much less seriously than we should.  The Bible has a lot to say about vows.  They are neither good nor evil, but we should be very careful with them.  In Ecclesiastes 5, Solomon examines the wisdom, or rather the foolishness, of making vows to the Lord.  We have all witn…

Ecclesiastes is a book about real life.  Technology has changed the way we do everything, but some things have not changed.  Human nature has not changed.  Truth has not changed.  The emotions and dilemmas faced by Solomon 3000 years ago mirror ours very, very closely.  Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 i…

Water trickled down the wall following the twists and turns of the mildewed stone. It wasn’t a great amount of water only a few droplets seeping through the ceiling of the cell. It wasn’t fresh water. It was the sweating of the rock, condensation that formed between the crevices, and pooled …

James was nervous as he entered the school building. He was always nervous on the first day of school. James found his way to the sixth-grade schoolroom. As he walked through the door a deep male voice boomed a welcome, asked his name, and directed him to a desk. Now James was more nervous t…

She never thought that her life would end this way. She never intended on getting caught up in this relationship, with this man. She had no idea that things would turn out so badly. It seemed innocent enough at first. He was kind. He listened to her. But none of that mattered now. He was now…

The bright sunlight glistened off of the bright white buildings along bathhouse row in Hot Springs. As we walked along the street, I tried to imagine what it was like during the heyday of bathhouses. I am intrigued by the history of Hot Springs.

Solomon hated all that he had worked for.  That is a blunt statement, but he wrote it in Ecclesiastes 2.  It would be more understandable if he had said he hated the work he had to do to get the stuff, but he said he hated the fruit of his labor. Still more puzzling, is his statement that he…

The white envelope stared up at me from my desk. It seemed to be mocking me. The envelope had been lying there on my desk for three weeks. Every time I sat down at my desk, the first thing I noticed was that annoying envelope. I knew that I had to do something about that envelope.

Solomon (The Preacher of Ecclesiastes) has examined the meaning of life from virtually every angle.  He had the wisdom, the money, and the time to try anything and everything his heart desired.    In Ecclesiastes chapter one and the first part of chapter two, Solomon has declared that everyt…

She stood waiting. She waited with the patience that only a mother could possess. She waited to hear if there was any help to be had. She wasn’t a stranger to the courts and the tribunal. She had petitioned them often. At first the men of the city responded, some even were genuine but over t…

Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived has written a terrific little book in which he searches for meaning in life.  His search makes him very transparent to the whole world. He refers to himself as The Teacher or The Preacher.  Solomon and Ecclesiastes have a great deal to say to every gene…

When my children were at home, every year we would take a trip to Denver, Colorado to see their Aunt Nora. My wife’s sister, Nora, was eighteen years older than my wife. Because my wife’s mother had passed away before my children were born, Aunt Nora was a grandma figure to them. On the day …

When we first started out in the ministry, we pastored a small church in Gilmer, Texas. We were young and full of enthusiasm and ready to do a great work for God. He had called me to preach, so certainly God had great things in store for us.

Four-year-old Molly is at her neighbor’s Nicole’s house. She likes to go with her big brother when he plays with the neighbor boys. And Nicole loves having a Molly around. Being the mother of three rambunctious boys, she liked spending quiet girl time with Molly.

We come now to a very interesting question in Ecclesiastes 1:10, “Is there anything of which one might say, ‘See this, it is new?’” (NASU)  Changes in technology are coming so fast these days it makes one’s head spin.   Technological advances have changed the way we do virtually everything, …

The rough rocky road seemed to get narrower as we drove along. Even though it was August, the foliage was bright green, and the sides of the road were lush with green grass and flowers. It was a beautiful, unseasonably cool summer day. The forecast for the day was rain, but it was a lovely a…

Ecclesiastes has a great deal to say to every generation including mine.  The author of Ecclesiastes does not name himself, but the description he gives of himself leaves us with only one logical conclusion: Solomon.  The book opens by declaring itself to be the words of a particular person …

The startled sheep, the blistering heat of the day, his sore feet and aching back were now inconsequential. A voice reverberated in his head, “I AM THAT I AM”. He called and whistled as he gathered his father-in-law’s sheep, but his mind wasn’t on the task at hand. How would he tell his wife…

The mountain road wound along the ridge, stretching on ahead, hugging the land, and taking each turn in easy stride. It was a beautiful drive with the forest, alive with green, lining the road for as far as the eye could see. Occasionally, Black-eyed Susans along the road created a profusion…

Kneeling down in the dark room he felt that familiar pang. He began to mutter the name of Jesus, but he was distracted by the discomfort. He winced as he wiped sweat from his brow and redoubled his efforts in prayer, but he was distracted, troubled. Preaching in the synagogue he had proclaim…

God asks an interesting question in verse 10, “An excellent wife, who can find?” NASU  Verse 10 begins a poem that ends with verse 31.  This poem lists in great detail many wonderful qualities which if practiced would result in producing an excellent wife, whose worth would be far above jewels.

A few weeks back I was traveling along US Highway 71 and suddenly realized I was in trouble. My eyelids were getting heavy and my head was beginning to nod, and I knew I needed a pick me up. However, along this lonesome stretch of highway where telephone lines are made of barb wire and WIFI …

His physical discomfort was only matched by the anxiety, panic he suffered as he watched for even the slightest movement. Sweat soaked through his already filthy garments as he waited, watched, longed for something to change. More and more people crowded around, and it was becoming increasin…

Maggie, my Golden Retriever, was out of sorts. Usually, she wants a lot of attention, but today she wanted nothing to do with me. Immediately after eating, she went upstairs. I had to call her back downstairs so I could let her outside before I left for work. When she came back in, once agai…

God really is the Master Teacher.  Nowhere else can one find such amazing insights into human behavior.  I am thoroughly enjoying our trip through the Bible examining our Maker’s questions.  What a library the Bible is!  What a book Proverbs is!  Proverbs 29:20 says, “Do you see a man who is…

Oh, the questions God asks.  I am thoroughly enjoying our trip through the Bible examining our Maker’s questions.  Proverbs 27:4 says, “Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, But who is able to stand before jealousy?” (NKJV)  The two phrases describe two different individuals. Neither is right.…

Softly splashing raindrops hit the windshield as I drove out of town early in the morning. The skies were overcast, and a blanket of grey shrouded the landscape. I watched the raindrops trickle down the side windows as the wipers kept the windshield clear. The drops were steady but soft, and…

“You will be riding with me on the Megalodon,” my daughter said. Everyone had such a good time floating the Ouachita River the week before that we decided to do it again this weekend. Last week six of us floated the river in a rubber raft while the rest of the group used paddleboards. This w…

Proverbs 26:1-11 contains a detailed though not complete list of characteristics of a fool.  Those verses also explain how to respond to a fool.   Verse one tells us that we should not bestow honor on a fool.  Verse three reminds us that sometimes a whip is needed for a horse, a bridle is ne…

There is an old Jewish saying, “Two men argued over a cow. One pulled on its head and one pulled on its tale, while it was being milked by a lawyer.” We have an epidemic in the United States. Frivolous lawsuits are paralyzing this country. Not only are court dockets tied up at every level of…

The house was with a flurry of activity as kids and adults prepared for a day on the river. We were excited because the Ouachita River levels were perfect for floating a raft. Seven adults, four kids, food, drinks, a rubber raft, and three paddle boards including the Megalodon multi-person p…

The days seemed to blend together with one day pass- ing, almost unrecognizably different from the previous day. It was a seething tinc- ture of failure, disappoint- ment, doubt and regret. His clothes smelt like someone else’s herds. His feet trod down paths that were famil- iar, yet foreig…

Black clouds began to sprawl across the sky as we sat at Papa’s Mexican Café. It was our weekly family night, and we were having a wonderful meal at Papas. The kids wanted to sit at their own table separate from the adults. They were making up storylines for their very own superhero movie. F…

In Proverbs 24:21-22, God presents a question that is hard on most of us and particularly hard on me.  “Fear the Lord and the king, my son, and do not join with the rebellious, for those two will send sudden destruction upon them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?”(NIV) 

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the me…

In Proverbs 24, God asks you and me a very significant and difficult to answer question with eternal consequences.   We should consider our answer very carefully.  We also ought to understand that our answers are not given so much by our words but with our future actions. 

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.”

The warm evening sun shone on the towering and picturesque Roark Bluff. The Buffalo River rushed past the bluff, which is one of the most iconic and photographed bluffs along the river. In an open grassy field at Steel Creek Campground, over one thousand people gathered, waiting for the conc…

can still remember the summer of 1967. I was just a kid, but it seemed like the world was changing. 1967 became known as the Summer of Love, and the song All You Need Is Love by The Beatles was the anthem. Just like other kids from around the world, I loved The Beatles. I remember visiting m…

As Father’s Day approaches, I hope that you are making plans to attend church with your father.  I also hope you are spending some time thinking about fathers and your father.  Few would dispute the fact that our families and thus our society are riddled with significant and deeply rooted pr…

It seems like I spend a lot of my time answering the phone. If my hands are full, or If I am inside or under a vehicle, the phone is likely to ring. One day, I was setting a windshield in place when the phone began to ring. I had to finish setting the windshield before I could answer the pho…