Growing up as a young boy in Texas “gentleness” was not on my bucket list of qualities to acquire. I grew up with Bonanza and G.I. Joes. Never once did Mr. Rogers appear on my list of “people I most want to be like.” How could he help when challenged to a fight? Which I was by Rusty in…

Examples of faithfulness catch our attention. One example of faithfulness went viral in 2013. The video “What is Love?” told the story of Bill and Glad Forward. It has been viewed almost 2 million times. The video tells the story of Bill and Glad and how they met more than 50 years ago. Like many couples they faced each…

The other day I was gathering the trash from the house and collecting it in our larger trash cans in our garage. One of them already contained a huge bag of Lay’s potato chips. It was there on top of some leaves. It was empty. This was a bit strange because we don’t buy chips very…

Over thirty years ago she was driving alone at night in a rough area of downtown Los Angeles. Catherine had exited from the freeway. As she braked at the end of the off-ramp the engine died suddenly. All the lights went out—headlights, dash lights—everything. Worse yet, the inside of the car began filling with smoke….

Barton Sparagon, MD, says impatience is killing us. E-mail, cell phones, and laptops are to blame. We bring work home. We bring work on vacations. Technology has increased the pressure to do more in the same number of hours. And our impatience has led to some serious health problems. Heart attacks, palpitations, depression, anxiety, immune disorders, digestive ills, insomnia and…

The disciples found themselves in a storm on the sea. John’s account tells us they were afraid. But it wasn’t the choppy sea that frightened them. It was the sight of the figure of Jesus walking on the water that scared them. Once they hear his voice they willingly receive him into their boat. John’s account is unique in…

Joy

For about six years we lived in Tyler, Texas. Although there were many, our best memory was the backyard swing. The previous owners had left a swing on the old oak tree that stood tall and strong in the middle of the yard. Ropes came down from at least twenty feet above, tied securely to a thick limb that…

George Wald was intrigued by sight. In 1967 he shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology for his research on how the eye sees and passes visual images to the brain. He taught at Harvard University and was the Higgins Professor of Biology Emeritus when he died at the age of 90. When speaking of his…

Sometimes we have to close our eyes to the way we have always seen things and open them to a new way of seeing things. For instance, not long ago my wife and I and our oldest son were in Houston. It was dark and rainy and we were leaving a parking lot to go…

We live in an anxious society built off of creating anxiety. You need only watch recent political campaigning to observe it. If you didn’t know you needed to worry about Ebola or the border you do now. Or take in a few commercials. Until that hair growth commercial began showing you were unaware that your…

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