An aging father once placed an old object in the hands of his son and stated, “This was your grandfather’s watch. He gave it to me when I was a young man, and now I am passing it on to you. It is almost 200 years old and has been in our family for a long time. However, before I give it to yo…

Mother’s Day has just passed with the memories of a long April sheltered at home with the family for more weeks than at first anticipated. Hopefully, in that time, we made some new discoveries together and Mother’s Day was more precious than ever.

I could see the wheels turning in his mind as his expressive face contorted. Something was up and he debated whether or not it would tumble out of his mouth.

As I write this article in the midst of a viral pandemic that has turned our world upside down, we are now starting to see signs of life getting back to “normal.” Stores are opening back up (with limited capacity). Restaurants are opening back up (with limited seating). Even church building …

To a degree, we all have felt pain or have some degree of ongoing pain — acute, sharp pain, chronic pain or a moving pain from one spot to another. We either put up with it or run to a doctor for a pain killer. Some people have pains from losing a leg, an arm or other loss of limb. All of th…

To love a hero we must respect and appreciate the villains. Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to glorify the bad guys, but they are essential to our most beloved hero’s stories. Some of the greatest heroes wouldn’t be the same if not for their villainous counterparts. Batman has the Joker.…

Every now and then a memory surfaces that I had thought long forgotten. This time it came to me after hearing a praise song that declares that the believer’s weapon is a melody.

Republicans blame Democrats; Democrats blame Republicans. Police blame criminals; criminals blame police. Teachers blame students; students blame teachers. Parents blame children; children blame parents. The rich blame the poor; the poor blame the rich. And, the list goes on and on.

Many years ago, long before I had ever studied Revelation, the last book of the Bible, I was experiencing Jesus’ words of concern to the church in Ephesus.

You are reading this on April Fool’s Day (and I’m writing it on a beautifully clear New Year’s Day, 2020). You might wonder if I’m trying to trick you with a story about Christmas and New Year’s. But I’m not.

Businesses are shutting down. People are out of work. Supplies are in high demand. Social distancing is being implemented. And now, churches are closing their doors. Why? The coronavirus that has wreaked havoc around the world is now spreading throughout our nation, our state, and even our o…

All are welcome to our GriefShare grief support group for adults 18 years and older at St. Catherine Catholic Church in the Parish Hall Room 14 from 2:30-4 p.m. Our first meeting will be Sunday, March 22.

Dispensationalism: Biblically, a belief in a system of historical progression, as revealed in the Bible, consisting of a series of stages in God’s self-revelation and plan of salvation. It is a period of time of human history that God dispenses certain instructions for salvation.

Years ago, a preacher for a frontier congregation ended a stirring sermon by stating, “All those who want to go to Heaven, raise your hands!” Everybody, of course, enthusiastically raised their hands high ... everybody, that is, except a grizzled, old cowboy who had been slouching against th…

How many people just sit back and think about eternity? It means without end. Really, think about this. Life here as we know it is temporal, as the wind comes and goes. While one’s body dies, one’s soul lives on in one of two places. Your soul is you — it’s who you are, your will, your mind,…

It was an unexpected gift, which made it even more special. Then the giver’s expressive heart was reflected as I opened the feather-weight square box.

Too often we are told what we need to do to become successful or get ahead in life. Those steps usually start with “get an education ... go to college.” But is that really a direction everyone took to live the high life? I don’t think so. Not everyone was meant to have a fancy framed diploma…

When we left our son’s home in eastern North Carolina, the sun was shining. How nice to get an early start with a bright sky as our companion.

There are trivial ones and there are life-changing ones. There are correct answers and wrong answers. There are answers that are accepted and answers that are ignored or rejected. Questions are asked to stimulate thought or for specific information. Answers are given when and where the quest…

On the way home from the local worship service one Sunday morning, a little girl turned to her mother and declared, “Mommy, the preacher’s sermon confused me today.”

If I told you that I had gone to get my hair done, gotten a manicure or a massage, you’d appreciate the fact that “I did it for me.” But my activity may actually sound like drudgery to some.

An elementary school hired a new science teacher. The teacher was an atheist (someone who does not believe in God) and proud of it. In fact, he often talked about it, and since the kids were fairly young, he easily intimidated them. One day, the teacher boldly announced, “My mother was an at…

This article is in response to a prior article dispelling the rapture in the Bible as with dispensation. I will write about rapture here and dispensation another time. Even though the word “rapture” is not in the Bible as the word “Trinity” and, of course, the word “Bible” itself, it is real…

Understanding the nature of grief can help us better cope with loss. Grief is a natural, healthy process that enables us to recover from terrible emotional wounds. We should not feel guilty for grieving because it is a necessary part of God’s pathway to healing.

A husband was trying to convince his wife that women talk more than men. To prove his point, he showed her a study indicating that men on the average use only 15,000 words per day, while women on the average use about 30,000 words per day.