The day “Hosanna” changed

It’s Easter week.  Jesus rode victoriously into Jerusalem to the shouts of “Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” (John 12:13).  Days later, Jesus was led out of Jerusalem, in agony, to the sneers and jeers of people who didn’t know they were slandering God’s holy Son.  How could so […]

What do you hope for?

I was able to get my first vaccine, and I drove home with a scheduled date for my second shot—and lots of hope. We have a lot to look forward to in the months ahead—probably. It is a unique joy when an unknowable hope becomes a reality. I’m thrilled that I will be vaccinated and […]

God spoke and everything changed

I peeked out the window and everything was pure white. Snow in Dallas is uncommon. This much snow in Dallas is . . . wait for it . . . unprecedented!  (For those who read my blog each week, that was intended to be a joke!)  Yep, there is that word again. I am still […]

2021: A parable of hope

Note from Janet For those of you who have completed the first half of the Foundations of Faith Bible Study, I hope you will join us for the second half of the study.  The first lecture (Abraham & Sarah – Lesson 12) is now available to view on the website.  Each lesson will focus on […]

Paul’s Recipe for Daily Bread

What are you doing for Mother’s Day this year?  We sure can’t crowd the restaurants this Sunday, so I have a bread recipe that might come in handy. Unfortunately, a new batch has to be prepared each day, but it is worth the effort. You only have to “taste and see” to know it is […]

Nerves of Steel

One of the positives of limiting our schedules and staying inside is the chance to read the books we have stacked in a corner.  I just finished Nerves of Steel by Tammie Jo Shults, the captain of Southwest Flight 1380. The lessons she provides are a word of hope to all of us during this […]

How Do We Receive and Perceive God’s Promises?

Sometimes it seems like Scripture makes promises we can’t count on.  I’ve had a lot of conversations over the years with disappointed Christians. I’ve actually been a disappointed Christian at times. (It’s easy to think that when you are a full-time “paid” Christian that there should be a few added promise-perks. There aren’t.)  But, most […]

Midland: A people, more than a place

My husband was asked to be the interim preacher for First Baptist Midland in 1988. I remember the first weekend I decided to go with him.  Ryan was two and Craig was three months old. I packed clothes, diapers, bottles, toys, the portable crib, and plenty of snacks for the six-hour road trip to West […]

Focusing on God’s Word

Do you ever wonder why people send money to a television evangelist so they can get a piece of the cloth he used to wipe his tears?  I knew someone who sent such a televangelist a donation. She didn’t really believe it would work. She just wanted to hope.  History channels have produced shows and […]

Live blessed: He is coming soon

Live blessed: He is coming soon

Jesus is coming—soon. Have you ever wondered why Jesus said he was coming soon? It’s been more than two thousand years since Christ appeared to John on the island of Patmos and gave him the book of Revelation. Toward the end of the revelation, Jesus said, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, […]