“Life,Death,and Taxes”

“Life, Death, and Taxes”

I’m glad today I have a job so at least I can get paid;

But it seems like what I bring back home doesn’t do much trade.

Before the envelope is opened taxes are taken out;

Politicians say they need it, what’s that all about?

I go to buy the groceries and taxes paid once more;

It almost seems so painful to go back to the store.

If there’s anything left over I put it in the bank;

But every year I file my tax and more taxes I should thank?

I live in “Taxachusetts” a nickname that we gave;

To be here in the Commonwealth to taxes be enslaved.

The cars we buy, the pop we drink more taxes that we owe;

They have their little hands out, when we come and when we go.

It’s just a matter of time I think before the air we breathe;

Is money for the government, for us, one more pet peeve.

They say the only certainty is life and death and tax;

But Uncle Sam is heavy, when standing on OUR backs.



“The mind of Christ”

“The Mind of Christ”

To have the mind of Christ is to be our goal they say;

But when I consider what it cost it seems too much to pay.

To leave His home in Heaven is much too much to ask;

And find Him suitable housing is far too great a task.

He healed the sick, and raised the dead, and made the blind to see;

He bore our sins and died our death upon that cruel tree.

He held their children in tender care upon His holy knee;

To teach of faith and love and hope to people such as me.

He fed the hungry multitude who had no bread to eat;

But they only wanted miracles not a mercy seat.

They wanted Him to be for them a king to set them free;

But not a Holy Savior to pay sin’s penalty.

To have the mind of Christ you see is all the world to me;

But when I see the Standard it brings me to my knees.

There is only One named Jesus and He’s my dearest Friend;

And He’s the One I know I’ll see when life comes to an end.

D.R.P. 9.29.14

A Gift LikeYou

I was moved to write this as a dear friend of mine is grieving the loss of a friend. I hope in some way it brings comfort.

A Gift Like You.
You came into my life just at the right time;
I had a need, you had a need, the fit was sublime.
We hit it off, right from the start;
It definitely was a joining of our hearts.
A gift like you, a gift like you;
A friendship too good to be true.
You met a need I had indeed;
Like kindred spirits you were to me.
But now you’re gone, what will we do?
To fill the void of missing you.
The years we had, now bittersweet;
You went away, the Lord to meet.
One day again I’ll see your face;
But until then, an empty space.

D.R.P. 9.27.14


1 Corinthians 7:7 says, “For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.”


The gifts of God are much like ours, they come in every shape and size;

Sometimes they flap, sometimes they snap, sometimes they even tie.

The gifts of God are different though, sometimes they’re not even wrapped;

Sometimes the best gifts given can sit upon our laps.

The best gift God has given has cost Him everything;

The gift of our salvation was ours for the taking.

I find earthly gifts most special, are people sent my way;

They are gifts that keep on giving as we live each day by day.

The Mother and the Father, that God had given me;

Helped mold me and to make me who I turned out to be.

The wife that God has given me has helped make me complete;

She’s there when I fall down to help me to my feet.

The daughter God has given me has helped breathe life in me;

Every day with I have with her is a gift to me you see.

The friends that God has given me are the best a man could share;

And that explains as best I can why God’s gifts are so rare.

D.R.P.    9/23/14

Growth…it happens.

1 Peter 2:1-2  The Bible tells us we are to desire the “milk” of the Word of God, that we may be able to grow.  Growth is important in the life of every creature, if there is going to be life.  At this time in the life of our family, we are watching our only child finish high school and prepare to make her way in the world.  As I look back at her younger days I remember her asking me, “Daddy, when am I going to be able to tie my shoes? Daddy, when am I going to be able to zip up my jacket?”  I remember telling her not to worry, that growth will happen without her even realizing it.  All she had to do was eat good, nutritious foods, get plenty of rest, and get necessary exercise, and growth would just happen.  We cannot “make” ourselves grow.  If we could, people who wish to be taller could get their wish.  Growth is not a process, it is the result of a process.  Spiritual growth occurs much the same way as physical growth.  If we eat daily from the “bread” and “milk” of God’s Word, get plenty of rest by honoring the Lord’s Day by being in God’s House (the local New Testament Church), and getting the spiritual exercise we need by exercising our faith, growth cannot help but occur.  Growth can at times also be painful.  I fully realize that one day, Lord willing, my “little girl” will be taking on another man’s name and leaving our home to live in another.  I know we’ll be excited to see her go on with her own life, but also be sad to lose her presence here.  Growth also happens in churches where the Lord brings people, and at times prunes people away.  It’s all a part of growth…it happens.


1 Cor. 3:10-15 tells us that as Christians, one day we will stand before the Lord and our works will be judged.  Works that were temporal, done with impure motives, works that really didn’t matter will be burned up, yet we will endure.  Works done for the Lord, works done for His honor and glory will not be burned.  While on this earth, in this body, we have opportunities for investments.  Investments to provide for our retirement, investments to provide for college, or in case we are unable to work to provide for ourselves.  Stocks, bonds, and securities just to name a few.  But the greatest investment I believe we can make is in people.  When our Lord walked this earth, He invested in people, preparing them for the day He would return to the right hand of His Father.  They would be left behind to carry on His legacy.  For almost 35 years now I have been privileged to minister to people of all ages.  The greatest compliment I receive is that of people I ministered to when they were young children.  Now, many are grown adults with children of their own.  The fact that they still are active in church and are loving and serving the Lord touches my heart and brings honor and glory to our King.  It is due in no part by my abilities, but totally by the grace of God.  Souls that were saved, now sharing with others the glorious gift of God’s love and forgiveness.  The gift that keeps on giving.  Now that’s the greatest investment.

Hamburger or steak?

One of my favorite things to enjoy with the summer season is cookouts.  I enjoy a nice hamburger.  You always know when a neighbor is cooking hamburgers out on the grill.  The smell is unmistakable.  You just feel like going over there and dropping in for a bite to eat.  But on the other hand, I don’t believe anything beats a great steak.  Once to sink your mouth into that buttery, tender, flesh, a hamburger pales by comparison.  Now, my wife would say, “They’re both just beef, only one is ground.”  And I know she’s right (technically), but there is no doubt as to which one is preferable.  Hebrews 6:4-6 talks about “tasting of the Heavenly gift” and “tasting the good Word of God.”  That once someone gets a “taste” of God and the things of God they would never want to “go back,” to the things of the world.  Like the smell of a hamburger on the grill, the world and the things of this world are enticing.  There is indeed, “pleasure in sin for a season.”  Sin may “taste” pleasant to the pallet for a bit, but it will leave you wanting.  God is like that perfectly grilled steak (pardon the comparison).   Once you have tasted of God’s Heavenly goodness, you’ll never want to go back.  Satan is certainly tempting, as witnessed by the fact so many have chosen to follow him.  But in the end, they too will be left wanting.  Hamburger or steak?  Each one of us must freely choose.  I made my choice, and I can honestly say, I’ve never once regretted it.  Choose God today and His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, Who paid your sin debt and mine.

Say what?

I was flipping through the television channels recently and came across a show in which interracial marriage and race in general was being discussed.  One woman forbid her son from even dating outside his race, one woman hated the fact that she was black and one Jewish gentleman said he wanted to be black.  One woman even went as far as to say the Bible was against interracial marriage because it said we are not to marry outside our “tribe” and we are not to be “unequally yoked.”  Of course when the Bible was brought into the discussion it peaked my curiosity.  I find some people know just enough of God’s Word to make them dangerous.  For the most part I don’t care who people marry with one exception.  The Bible does refer to not being “unequally yoked” (2 Cor. 6:14), but it specifically refers to believers and unbelievers.  I would always advise a Christian NOT to marry and non-Christian.  I personally would not marry a Christian and non-Christian.  That being said, where the Bible talks about not marrying outside your “tribe,” in the O.T., that was given to the Jews to maintain their national purity.  God knew if the Jews were to marry Gentiles, there would be an excellent chance they would be pulled away from God.  Who today could look at their ancestry and find they were from only one “tribe” anyways.  Most of us are from mixed ancestry.  And for someone to bring the Bible into the discussion, you would think they would remember we are all from one ancestor anyways; Adam and Eve.  All mankind originally started from that singular gene pool.  A persons skin color is not what defines who we are.  It’s what is on the inside that makes us who we are (1 Sam. 16:7).  Matt. 15:18 refers to the importance of a man’s heart.  If we are ever going to get past racial prejudice we need to tear down the barriers that divide us rather than build new ones.  People are beautiful inside not only outwardly.  The one and True God is Lord of us all (Rom. 10:12).

What it means

I heard an excellent sermon the other day that in it said we’re not about “religion.”  That is so true.  When people ask me “what faith” I am, the answer is simple, I am a Christian by faith, a Baptist by conviction.  To me, Christianity is not some club you join.  It’s not something you’re born into.  To me, Christianity defines who I am.  It (the Word of God) gives me guidance and direction for every area of my life.  It tells me how to have a meaningful and productive life with God, and tells me how to get along and be a blessing to the people around me.  If my opinions differ from what God’s Word says, it’s simple my opinions are wrong and I change them to conform with known Truth (God).  It does not mean I am better than anyone else.  It does not give me the right to force my beliefs on anyone else.  It does give me a responsibility to share God’s Word with an unbelieving world, a responsibility to warn my fellow man of impending judgment, and a responsibility to live my life in such a way as to point people to Christ.  I aim to please my Heavenly Father, as I desired to please my earthly father.  Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship.  Christianity does not mean I’m perfect, only forgiven.  It means I am to love others as Christ loves me.  It is not an option, it is a commandment.  My relationship with God fills a void in my life that nothing else could fill.  It tells me why I’m here (to have a relationship with God), where I would go without God (eternity in Hell), and now, by His grace where I’m going (Heaven) not based on my righteousness, but solely on the righteousness of Christ, and the confession of my sins and trusting in His atoning death.  I’m not yet where I want to be, but thanks to God, I’m not where  used to be.

Robin Williams

In a follow-up to a previous blog regarding the untimely death of comedic actor Robin Williams, it has been reported in an article on Facebook that Robin Williams did indeed accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior before his death.  The article mentioned that while in rehab, Mr. Williams was witnessed to and was led to the Lord.  There probably isn’t much doubt to the comedic genius of Robin Williams.  As funny a man as he was, some say his best works were in later serious roles.  It is tragic to think of how many people are walking this earth, making other laugh, while they themselves are hurting so, inside.  So many times our lives are so superficial that we fail to recognize those around us who are hurting.  It shames me to say, that even in my line of work (ministry), I miss what may be signs, or cries for help.  May God bless Robin’s surviving family and friends and hopefully others may come to know the peace with God that Robin did.