Thursday, April 27, 2017 by Ron Carlson
If your parents were like mine, you grew up learning the importance of saying thank you. With that as part of my upbringing though, I’ve noticed my reaction is on the judgmental side when my wife or I do something for someone and they say…absolutely nothing. Okay, it’s a prideful thing I know, but it still irritates me. Is it really that hard to say “thank you?”
Thursday, April 20, 2017 by Ron Carlson
This week our staff attended a disability/inclusion training facilitated by two of our church members. One of them experiences blindness, the other is a mother of a child who experiences Down syndrome. They did a wonderful job explaining what it’s like to attend church. While these two are working through the challenges, they told us many others feel they can’t worship at church. These families experiencing disability either feel too embarrassed or unaccepted. It’s a sad but common reality. Yet these are people Jesus calls us to serve and love.
Thursday, April 13, 2017 by Ron Carlson
“Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NASB)
Over the years 1 Thessaonians 5:17 has been one of the most challenging verses in the Bible. I used to wonder how in the world such a thing was possible. In our busy culture, how can you and I really pray all the time.
Thursday, March 30, 2017 by Ron Carlson
More than ever before, today’s world is one of action. Not just any kind of action, fast action. I saw this transition take place over my 30 years in broadcasting. By the end of my career, the ones who obtained information the fastest were the most esteemed and most successful. Was that information accurate or even truthful? Well, that seemed less important than it used to be, because we either don’t value or don’t have time to think things through much anymore. Before you have a decision to make or an action to take, do you take time with the Lord to really contemplate what should be done?
Thursday, March 9, 2017 by Ron Carlson
Maybe you’re sensing what a lot of men experience. The constant chase for something more. But in that chase, there can be a feeling that all the hustling you’ve done, all the pursuing, all the pining for the next best thing just isn’t satisfying. I witness this a lot in the classic car hobby. Guys will pursue their dream car, spend hours and lots of dollars fixing it up just the way they want, then when it’s done, it’s not long before they are looking for what’s next. If that describes how you’re feeling, pay attention.
Thursday, March 2, 2017 by Ron Carlson
For some of us, that isn’t something we have ever bothered with, mainly because there’s been no money to invest. But for others, especially those getting close to retirement, there can be a lot of time and concern spent wondering whether we’ve invested enough or wisely enough. When those concerns become a burden, it’s good to think about this verse.
Thursday, February 23, 2017 by Ron Carlson
At times, being a Christian has been a lot harder than I expected. In some respects, it seems like my life was less stressful before I started following the Lord. If I’m not careful, that line of thinking can lead to unnerving questions like this: wouldn’t things be easier if I didn’t have to obey God’s Word all the time? Wouldn’t it be better if God would leave me alone? In his agony, Job wrestled with those thoughts too.
Thursday, February 16, 2017 by Ron Carlson
The older I get, the more I appreciate comfort. For instance, I never used to wear slippers. I thought they were just for old men. Well, now on winter mornings (and now that I’m older), I find sinking my cold feet into that fleece lining is a simple pleasure. It’s natural for us to want comfort, but there’s a warning about that.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 by Ron Carlson
When I was six years old I watched a movie called The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. In it there was a Cyclops. The sight of it frightened me because that Cyclops looked so real. Today I went on YouTube and found that movie. When I saw the Cyclops, it almost made me laugh. This time he looked more comedic than frightening. When it comes to movie creatures, what passed for awesome decades ago, isn’t very impressive now. Do we have a similar response when it comes to our faith? Or have we gotten to the point where what was awesome to us when we first believed, is no longer that impressive? Do we need to be constantly wowed to be awed by our God?
Thursday, February 2, 2017 by Ron Carlson
In 1877 Richard Dugdale published a study of the New York State Prison System. The purpose was to discover a common thread among the inmates. What Dugdale found was many of the prisoners were related. Not only that, a number of them could be traced back to one man. Dugdale gave the man a fictitious name, Max Juke. Over four generations and roughly 709 family members here’s part of what the study revealed about his descendants: