Why Do We Keep Watching?

living with Hope


For a moment, I actually thought the rapture was occurring. I heard a trumpet blaring and for a brief moment I felt as though something was pulling me upward.

This happened when I was in college, over 40 year ago, during a time when I had been reading extensively about the rapture. Late one warm afternoon, I fell asleep at my desk in my dorm room. Suddenly, the sound of a loud trumpet fanfare awoke me from a deep sleep and I thought “this is it; the Lord is returning!” After a few seconds, I realized it was the sound of a trumpet warming up for a nearby band rehearsal.

I tell this humorous experience to stress that I have been watching for the Lord’s return for a long time, although not always that intently. After so many decades I do sometimes wonder, “Why do I keep watching? Why do…

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Thought Provoking!

Let’s see … I think it started when Madalyn Murray O’Hair complained that she didn’t want any prayer in our schools, and we said “OK.”

Then someone said you had better not read the Bible in school-the Bible that says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said, “OK.”

Remember Dr. Benjamin Spock, who said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem? And we said, “OK, we won’t spank them.”

Then someone said that teachers and principals better not discipline our children when they misbehave. And our administrators said, “Whoa, no one in this school better touch a student when they misbehave because we don’t want any bad publicity, and we surely don’t want to be sued.”

Then someone said, let’s let our daughters have abortions if they want, and we won’t…

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A Nation Under God’s Escalating Judgment

A Call to Anguish

No one knows…


Matthew 24:36

36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

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The troubling enigma that was Billy Graham

The troubling enigma that was Billy Graham


I see that Billy Graham died today (news article far below). There will no doubt be MANY laudatory tributes to Graham in evangelical Christian and religious circles and even in the secular media. Few people on this planet were as widely revered as Billy Graham over the last sixty years. He was the friend and counselor to American presidents and the face of evangelical Christianity to hundreds of millions if not billions.

But Billy Graham leaves behind an enigmatic and troubling legacy. On the one hand, there’s little doubt that thousands genuinely accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior as a result of attending a Graham crusade or by watching on television. On the other hand, Graham was instrumental in opening the door to ecumenical cooperation and “fellowship” with religious unbelievers, most significantly, with the leadership of the Roman Catholic church. Much of the ubiquitous ecumenical compromise and betrayal of the…

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Time to Light a Little Fire

Time to Light a Little Fire

New Hope for Dry Bones

Every day, someone tries to convince me of something. I’m bombarded with sales pitches for political candidates, ads smearing another person’s integrity, reasons why the toilet paper a baby cartoon bear uses is the best choice for me.

Even though many of these things makes my blood temperature rise to the boiling point, still, and I really hate to admit it, I am convinced either knowingly or on some other subliminal level. The methods of convincing someone of something being truth are finely honed down through the centuries and they work. That’s why there are billions of dollars spent convincing people every single year.

It is a good thing for me to occasionally sit down and toss what I believe into the fire of scrutiny and see what I have left from time to time.

Has the manipulation of others caused me to draw my gaze to the short-sighted…

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