His birth name was Joseph, but you likely know him as Barnabas. Barnabas was his nickname given to him by the Apostles because it means "son of encouragement" (Acts 4:36). He was so encouraging and energizing that they gave him that title or nickname!

Last time we talked about the reasoning that man often uses in religion. The reality is, there are only two sources of authority. Either it comes from Heaven (God) or it comes from man (Matthew 21:25). Some practice may make one feel happy and satisfied, but if it's not approved of by God th…

A couple of headlines this Tuesday morning made me question whether I was seeing straight.

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Some growing is easy! A child doesn't have to think to make themselves add on inches to their height. For most of us adults growing around the waistline happens much easier than we want!

Joseph dreamed two visions when he was a teen that his father and brothers would bow down to him one day.

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signaled he will sign legislation that Republicans say is a defense of Chick-fil-A and religious freedom, but gay lawmakers sometimes tearfully railed against it on the House floor as a license to discriminate.

It's graduation season! Congratulations to all of our graduates. Graduation signals not only an ending, but a beginning. High school graduation is the launching of new adventures and new responsibilities. Starting is easy, finishing is hard! An education is a great start, but success comes f…

There are only two sources of authority. Either it comes from Heaven (God) or it comes from man (Matthew 21:25). One is right and the other is not. The apostle Paul equates man's traditions with the world and contrasts that with the way of Christ (Col. 2:8).

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I had lunch with a middle-age couple the other day and they were sharing about a crisis situation they are struggling with. The stress has been building for quite some time and the heavy burden of trying to deal with this is taking a toll.

I have one small tree that grows on my pond bank. I have cut it down before, but because the roots are still there it comes back and grows quickly. It doesn't really bother me that it is growing. It is not in a place where the roots will damage the pond and I have just let it grow. I know I …

I received a letter the other day from a reader who wanted to know more about praying for miracles and how long a person should keep asking. My first response is to ask, "Just how serious are you about receiving your request?"

In 1996, Josh Clark wanted to give people easy victories so they could find joy in jogging. What an ambitious goal! After persevering through several failed attempts he had learned to enjoy jogging and the benefits that came with it.

I had a solid white male lamb die unexpectedly this past week. He appeared to be a perfect little lamb without spot or blemish. But he died. He lay on a clump of hay. His lifeless body in the exposed sun motionless. From a distance he looked like he was just taking a nap in the sun. You coul…

We have arrived at the darkest day of the year for believers in God.

Whether I write at home or at my parish office, behind my chair sit a fairly large number of books.

Preacher of Seven Oaks Church of Christ Joseph's brothers betrayal was legendary. They sold their own brother into slavery, which was actually a reprieve from their original intentions of murdering him. Now, some two decades later circumstances (in truth, the Lord's providence) has brought t…

St. Joseph Fish Fry St. Joseph Catholic Church will host its annual Fish Fry fundraiser every Friday through April 12 from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. Takeouts are available. The price for adults is $12 and $5 for children 6-10. Children age 5 and under may eat free. All proceeds fund St. Vincent de Pa…

HOLLAND JR. DD.,C.ED.D. It has been said, "Our lives are defined by opportunities, including the ones we miss. Let us not weep over chances we have missed, but rather for the ones we did not take." When I look back over my life, I can see where I've made plenty of mistakes and I've also miss…