Posts from November 2023

Posts from November 2023

Canttakeitwithyou_BCOC

The Insanity of Vanity

As we travel through life, we acquire things. It starts early in childhood with baskets and cabinets filled with toys throughout the house. Then, in our teenage years, the focus shifts to clothing and other items to feed our interests and hobbies. In young adulthood, our attention turns to cars and houses. As we age further, it is a never-ending cycle of upgrading everything we acquired previously. We get more expensive cars, more expensive homes, more expensive clothes, and more…
Blue

Do Your Best To Be Blue

“We are the Blue Family,” Father Blue proclaimed to his first child.  “We color the rivers, lakes, and seas, and we paint the sky on the most beautiful days.”  The first child left home, went out on her own, and became red.  And her color filled the sky with ominous and scary imagery. “We are the Blue Family,” Father Blue proclaimed to his second child.  “We color the rivers, lakes, and seas, and we paint the sky on the most…
Give Thanks

Be the One, Not the Nine

Although the Thanksgiving holiday traces its roots back to the 17th century and was first observed nationally under the presidency of George Washington, it did not become an annual holiday until 1863 by the proclamation of Abraham Lincoln. In Lincoln’s address regarding the Thanksgiving holiday, he noted that all blessings “are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.” His statement is reminiscent of Habakkuk 3:2…
blindman

The Faith of the Blind

In Mark 10, we see a passage of scripture that illustrates the beauty of Jesus and the incredible faith of an individual. This story begins in verse 46.“And they came to Jericho. And as [Jesus] was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside.”We are quickly introduced to an individual whom many of us would avoid: a beggar sitting next to a well-traveled area. Unfortunately, nearly…