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Setting the foundation for life

1 Corinthians 3:11 — “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Christ Jesus.” A man once said that “opportunity looks a lot like hard work.” This made me appreciate the fact that each job that I had was a stepping stone to greater opportunity. If I ...

Purse sympathizers are in my midst

Purse sympathizers are everywhere. This I realized on several errand outings this past week and via calls and e-mails, all in response to last Sunday’s column about my ongoing love-hate relationship with “pocketbooks.” This is a name I’ve never understood, incidentally. No purse ...

I think I’ll just skip the Super Bowl

It’s Super Bowl Sunday. Wait, am I allowed to say Super Bowl? I’m not affiliated with the NFL, NBC or any of the approved advertisers, so I’m not really sure. What the heck. I’ll say it anyway. It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and I have no plans to watch this year’s big game. It’s ...

Don’t just make a bunch of noise

Love is relational, reciprocal, and restorable. The Apostle Paul reminds of God's love in his letter to the Corinthian Church: 1 Corinthians 13:1-2 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And ...

Love-hate purse relationship rages on

This just isn’t working out, I told Better Half, about a month into trying to fully adjust to a new purse I got for Christmas from our son. My love-hate relationship with “pocketbooks” rages on, my quest for the perfect one a fruitless pursuit. Purses are too little, too big, never ...

It’s OK to accept some outside assistance

As has been reported in our publication, a group of students from West Virginia University have been in town to compile ideas to assist with future growth opportunities. They have been meeting with various people to seek input and will use their gathered information to organize a plan for the ...

True spiritual growth often is a messy process

Greenhouses are neat and clean. There are no bugs, birds or moles. Everything is tidy, well watered and gets just the right amount of sunlight. That's what the average church is, a greenhouse, a safe place from the bugs, birds, and moles of the world. People are like plants in a greenhouse, ...

Multitasking while shoveling some snow

So Better Half and I were shoveling snow out of the driveway last Saturday, two human plows, each of us with our own way of approaching the job. It was our “couples-out” highlight of the weekend, truth be told, two lovebirds flinging the white stuff into what became montrous mounds of ...

A lack of leadership caused the shutdown

I awoke Saturday morning pretty certain of the headlines I would be reading. We have been hearing for several days there was a possibility of a government shutdown. Meetings were held, and with every report it appeared those involved in “negotiations” were growing farther apart in finding ...

Use our words to build, not destroy

It wasn't all that long ago that I recognized the years behind me are more than the years ahead of me. During my remaining time on the planet I want my life to count. I want my words to count. I want to speak and write in such a way that is honoring to Jesus Christ, thoughtful in nature, ...

It really does take a community to feed an Army

During the fall of 2015, at the request of park administrators, officials from the Army 336th Engineer Company of Weirton made a visit to Brooke Hills Park. The purpose was to meet with officials to discuss potential work they could perform to assist in the parks expansion and improvement ...

On my way to putting best feet forward

I started off the new year making an attempt to put my best foot forward. Make that my best feet. You know you’re getting older when the Christmas gifts you get are either very practical things you’ll use or things it probably wouldn’t hurt you to have, but you’re way too cheap to ...

Looking to satisfy a growing wanderlust

I’ve been fortunate to be able to do some traveling in my life. Much of it has been through family vacations, but there has been the occasional work-related weekend trip through West Virginia, as well. I’ve enjoyed those opportunities. Even if I visit somewhere familiar, there’s ...

Find real growth through prayer

While I was browsing in a couple of book stores, shortly before Christmas, my desire was to find a book I knew my wife would like. (No, that's not all I bought for her, but let's continue this thought). During my search, to my amazement, I found large sections of books dealing with "self ...

Trump has delivered during his first year in office

How often do elected officials promise you the world but never deliver? How often have you heard: “This is the most important election of our lifetime! Elect us and we will create millions of jobs and put more money in your pocket!” Sound familiar? That’s probably because you’ve heard ...

An answering machine voice remembered

The message has been on our answering machine for more than three years now, and I’ve never had the heart to erase it. I didn’t in the days and weeks after my Aunt Kitty had first left it around Mother’s Day 2014, and I still haven’t in the days following her death on Dec. 30. The ...

Keep an eye on our lawmakers’ actions

The West Virginia Legislature is set to begin the 2018 regular session on Wednesday. During those 60 days, the men and women we elect to represent us in Charleston will be making decisions which will affect this state and its residents for years to come. On Friday, the West Virginia Press ...

Begin the year with faith and enthusiasm

On this day, the first Sunday of 2018, I want to wish you all a Happy New Year! As we begin 2018, think back over the past year. What kind of year was it for you? Was it good or bad? Were there any good changes in your life? Was it a year of difficulty? As we begin the adventure through 2018, ...

Approaching another blinking new year

I approach 2018 confident that it will be very much like 2017 and so many other years past. It, too, will be one big blink with a beginning, a middle and an end and whatever else happens in between the bookends of Jan 1, 2018, and Dec. 31, 2018. Life happens at warp speed. Look at us. ...

Lessons learned and looking toward the future

The last year has been filled with ups and downs, both personally and professionally. I suppose that’s something we all can say on some level. As someone who doesn’t do well with change, there has been a lot with which to deal. Some of it has been good, some not so much. It has been a ...