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 It didn’t take long to receive responses to the piece I wrote about Katie Grace’s boyfriend, Declan, and the deeper meaning of what love really is. The following email from Summer … more
Have you ever experienced stress? I know you have! Stress is something that happens to all of us. It kind of sneaks up on you, but you know when you and your family have got it when it … more
 Romans 1:16 says I am not ashamed of the GOSPEL (THE BIBLE) of Jesus Christ: for it is the POWER OF GOD unto SALVATION to every one that BELIEVETH; to the Jew first, and also to the … more
We’re only a few days away from the biggest celebration in Christianity. Easter is the appointed day each year to celebrate and honor the sacrifice and resurrection Jesus Christ made for our … more
 One year later, we’re feeling the effects that isolation has had on our community members and families. While some haven’t changed routines during the pandemic, many others have … more
 “You have a WHAT? Did you say, ‘BOY-friend’?” The questions may have contained sincere surprise or mock shock; there may have been slight variation in the wording; … more
In one of his short stories, “A Jonquil for Mary Penn,” Wendell Berry paints a word picture of a teenaged wife and her husband, a year older than she, working to survive on a rented farm … more
Depression.  It was the topic of one of my 20-page research papers at Lipscomb University from my pastoral care and psychology classes.  It’s also an issue that Ashley and I have … more
 JEREMIAH 10 :23 says o Lord, I know that the way of man is NOT IN himself: it is NOT IN man that walketh to direct his steps. PROVERBS 22:15 says foolishness is bound up in the heart of a … more
 When we think of being number one, our minds will usually gravitate to academics, a sport, or some sort of athlete. We push very hard in this life to be number one at something. Notice I … more
Homemade snow cream doesn’t beat it.  Sledding down a hill on Bon Air Mountain can’t top it.  Even as much as I love making snow forts and having bruising snowball wars, I still … more
 “Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? Or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail?”  - Job 38:22 Sammie and I have many images on our phones that were taken … more
Years ago, when our son was learning to write his name, we noticed a few things; we will always write what is on our hearts or minds at the time, and we will usually pen what is most important to us. … more
Have you ever heard the expression, if all else fails read the instructions? We often buy things that have to be assembled. We bought a wood splitter with 22 pages of instructions, from hooking up … more
 Sammie and I were listening to Christian music on the car radio. When a certain song came on, Sammie asked if I remembered where we were when we heard that particular number for the first time. … more
Have you ever been the recipient of a random act of kindness?  Something that makes your jaw drop, heart smile, and eyes water?  We had such an experience when we went to Chattanooga to … more
 I was talking to a man a few weeks ago. I asked him do you read and study the BIBLE? Then I asked him if he went to worship with the church. He answered both questions NO. Then I asked him what … more
OK, so imagine with me, you’re sitting at the dinner table having a large family gathering. Everyone is eating and talking, and then, out of nowhere, a hand with no arm appears before you and … more
Bowling is one of the few active indoor events we’ve gotten to enjoy as a family during the pandemic. For both Micah and Gabriel’s birthday this winter, the Wiles family has made our way … more
There are many ways in which true love is expressed. In ancient Greek there are at least seven different words that mean some type of love. Eros refers to romantic love, the idea behind … more
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