Pain’s Purpose

Some people say that the only sure things in life are death and taxes. I like to add a couple more to that list, mental and physical pain. Physical and mental pain are inevitable parts of our human experience. Have you ever heard someone say “Life dealt me a crappy hand”, like mental and physical […]

The Stream

This story is based on a tale called “Keeper of the Stream” by Jerrell Jobe There was once a town high in the Alps that straddled the banks of a beautiful stream. The stream was fed by springs that were old as the earth and deep as the sea. The water was clear like crystal. […]

Great tune for Christmas

Virtue of the Week: Moderation

Moderation in American Society Moderation is a difficult virtue for many people to practice, so it should come as no surprise that it’s also difficult for many to write about. The Delphic maxim “nothing in excess” is an excellent example of a concise definition of this concept. The virtue of moderation is what allows one […]

Virtue of the Week: Joy

WHERE CAN WE FIND JOY? Men have pursued joy in every avenue imaginable. Some have successfully found it while others have not. Perhaps it would be easier to describe where joy cannot be found: Not in Unbelief — Voltaire was an infidel of the most pronounced type. He wrote: “I wish I had never been […]

Virtue of the Week: Wisdom

The Wise Old Woodcutter Once there was an old man who lived in a tiny village. Although poor, he was envied by all, for he owned a beautiful white horse. Even the king coveted his treasure. A horse like this had never been seen before—such was its splendor, its majesty, its strength. People offered fabulous […]

Virtue of the Week: Sacrifice

Sacrifice of Love The family doctor told little John that he could save his sister’s life by giving her some blood. The little five-year-old girl was very near death, she was a victim of the same deadly disease from which John, her elder brother of age eight, had made a marvelous recovery two years earlier. […]

Virtue of the Week: Thankfulness

This is my favorite video on “Thankfulness”: THE CONFEDERATES PRAYER I asked God for strength, that I might achieve. I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey. I asked for health, that I might do great things. I was given infirmity, that I might do better things. I asked for riches, that […]

Virtue of the Week: Patience

TRUE PATIENCE A little old couple walked into a fast food restaurant. The little old man walked up to the counter, ordered the food, paid, and took the tray back to the table where the little old lady sat. On the tray was a hamburger, a small bag of fries and a drink. Carefully the […]

Virtue of the Week: Charity

When it comes to charity, anybody can fake virtue for an audience. To stand on a soap box and look “Oh so good” You can’t fake it in others eyes, but ultimately your ego is your strictest judge. You know… that man or woman who is looking back at you in the mirror. Most people […]