Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church

When Fathers are among the constellation of heroes in our lives, God’s best plans are working. God intended for fathers to be heroes for their children. Fathers do this best by living & modeling God’s ways as the way for their children to live.  

 

Consequently, the pathway of heroes in general – and the high calling of Fathers in particular – is highlighted in the Scriptures.  God inspired the biblical stories to be written in light of people’s strengths & weaknesses, which means we are entrusted to learn from their successes & failures.

 

Nowhere is this more evident than in the lives of King Saul & his son, Jonathan, and King David & his son, Solomon.

 

Saul was a double-minded man because his heart was divided.  He trusted God, but didn’t trust God. He was glad to be King, but resented God for anointing him as King.  He loved Jonathan, but didn’t trust Jonathan’s love for David.  Saul cared for David, but feared David’s popularity with the people. Saul passed on his best characteristics to Jonathan, but felt inferior when Jonathan’s best surpassed his own best.  Lessons learned by Jonathan became lessons applied, which is why he became a great hero.

 

David was a shepherd boy who became Israel’s greatest King.  However, his self-inflicted character flaws put his children at risk.  His sons & daughters would need to learn equally from what their father did right and what he did wrong.  However, when David’s life was headed in the wrong direction, he would listen to his heart love for God, and then correct his behavior. Read More »

Posted on 26 July, 2010 in Inspirational Stories, Parenting, Spirituality
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Article by Malcolm Marler

 

My wife, Mary, has a blog that recently reminded me of the importance of centering myself, being still, and getting back in touch with my spirit and that which is greater than me.

 

And so this morning before I dive in to work, I want to be quiet and reflective.  Writing helps me to remember.

 

I breathe deeply from my diaphragm through my nose.  Over and over again.  And I remember.

 

I remember last night being clear and without humidity, and the millions of stars popping out of the sky as we sat on the deck.  And the night sounds of country living at the lake that include cicadas and tree frogs.

 

I remember close friends who spent time with us over the weekend.  Time for long conversations and the sharing of dreams. Why don’t I do this more often?  This is part of what gives life meaning. Read More »

Posted on 22 July, 2010 in Balance, Gratitude
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Article by Mary Bea Sullivan

 

“What happened to you?” My friend Marjorie asked.  “Last time I saw you, you were so clear.  Today, you are all over the place.”

 

Marjorie was right, my energy was scattered and my focus blurry.  After a week filled with too much work, too many evenings out, and not enough silence, I was reverting to old, unhealthy ways of thinking.

 

“It is like the real you has vacated the premises and your inner critic is holed up in your head indulging herself like a drunken rock star.”  Marjorie added.

 

I cackled loudly at her analogy–a well-needed release from the swamp of negativity that I had been slogging through. Read More »

Posted on 19 July, 2010 in Balance, Happiness, Motivation
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Article by Malcolm Marler

 

Sometimes days go by, maybe weeks or months, where there is routine and predictability in life.  There is a rhythm that feels natural and right.  We even fool ourselves into thinking we are in control of our own destiny.

 

And then something shifts, and we wake up and realize that our life has changed.  Sometimes it is temporary, sometimes it is for the rest of our life.

 

Someone we care about is sick and it means adding a daily or weekly responsibility to our routine.  We lose sleep and we try harder.  But we get more exhausted.  Additional things happen to people we care about and we do what we can to support them, but we realize we cannot do it all. Read More »

Posted on 14 July, 2010 in Balance, Gratitude
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Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church

Promising to trust God’s promises changes us.

 

Because God’s promises then mark the pathway we travel, which is what led David to confront Goliath. He entered the Valley of Elah as an errand boy for his father.  He delivered food to his three oldest brothers who were serving in King Saul’s army against the Philistines.  David trusted God’s promise to “honor his father and mother.”

 

Once there he realized that Saul and his men were terrorized by the taunts of a giant named Goliath. David did not understand why his fellow countrymen were unwilling to confront the giant.  Was Goliath bigger than God?  No!  Then the giant needed to be viewed through God’s eyes, not men’s eyes.  David had such eyesight and could see Goliath for what he was and was not.  David trusted the same promise that had led to his being anointed as Israel’s future king:

 

“… the Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (I Samuel 16:7) Read More »

Posted on 10 July, 2010 in Inspirational Stories, Motivation, Spirituality
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