Author Archives: Coach
God’s true refuge or sanctuary has the unlimited capacity of accommodating all who seek his grace, peace, and mercy. His high tower likewise clarifies our proper place and purpose in life and restores our focus on God’s priorities, diminishing our selfish priorities.
Genuine Sanctuary is found when we teach our children and grandchildren the love of reading. A thirst for books sharpens the sword that will serve them well in the battle against ignorance and dependence upon others to shape their beliefs.
‘Time crept while I stirred and tossed in futile attempts to capture any semblance of actual sleep. Capitulation arrived shortly after four when I poured a cup of coffee and sat down in the living room…Okay Lord what are you trying to share with me?’ Theo Phillips, Main character Ch 20, pg. 169
Who is willing to serve God seeking nothing in return? Is that not what God’s love with us reveals? …It is rare that anyone becomes so spiritually disciplined that they willingly release their “white knuckle grasp” upon their worldly treasures.
Commit our hearts unto patience to find comfort and then engage the crucible rather than pursue pleasure.
Theo and Liddy’s retirement dreams take a turn that could unravel both them and the idyllic life they and many others look for in Shiloh.
God created us in the image of himself. What would it serve to consult with another image of God? Have we not a unique knowledge of our creator within each of us?
All Southern Fiction offers vivid word imagery that bring its colorful characters and time-lost settings to life in the mind’s eye of the reader. Sanctuary is no exception.
Beyond our full and fast paced lives, at the end of all things, the wisest thing we can hope to know is that God waits patiently for us.
Many, if not most, mature their faith (in God) as they grow beyond mere blind acceptance to a maturing, questioning of what and why we believe about God. However, each of us experiences a desire to connect with our Creator.
Light not only reveals, but it also purifies all that is not as pure as the light. Humanity must be exposed to the light progressively to expose and to be cleansed to leave the darkness totally behind.
Those who have been faithful and obedient have lived in expectation, not anticipation. The faithful have chosen to live each day with a purpose, seeking to grow in obedience to God’s will, ways, and wisdom, because not only does that please God, others may be watching so that their yearning heart yearns might be filled with what we have.
The fool prods and goads others to walk in his folly, but he does not tag along. You see, the fool’s ways are lonely ways. When you get caught up in the fool’s folly, you find out that you have lost your way listening to the fool’s directions.
God has orchestrated an order for society, and whenever man attempts to usurp the natural order of things, chaos, division and dissent follow. However, God does not lose control on his natural order intended for the good of the people. When fools pursue their upside down folly, they soon discover that their schemes are but snares that entrap themselves.
Even if you discover the error of the choice at some later time, a price will be paid for the time you followed the fool. Just a short exposure to the ‘bad apple’ puts a ‘good apple’ at risk.
When a gifted person crosses our path are we thankful for the opportunity, or jealous that we cannot be as gifted?
Evil’s broad net entraps the best of man along with the least of us equally. When it is evil’s time to spring upon us, there is nothing but a our faith to deliver us from the foreboding times of tribulation that evil intends to put its through. Only an unshakable faith in God’s goodness can protect and thwart evil’s diabolical plans that can cause even the most prepared soul to stumble.
Celebrate in our limited days anticipating our future destiny. We are either celebrating the expectant joy of being ransomed by God into his dwelling place, or condemned to eternal darkness and separation from God. Either way, celebrate now while you can.
God introduces us into this world with the same opportunities to experience, learn and mature, because God loves each of us equally and without partiality. God even perseveres through the folly of our choices that define our routes along the journey of life, because God desires all of us to experience and understand the high price for selfish behaviors.
What a tragedy when we perceive justice from our personal perspective. Bad things happen to seemingly good people, innocent people, while bad people appear to have only good things happen to them. Why does it seem the world is turned upside down with the distribution of just rewards?
For a season, bad people may appear to get away with their wicked schemes, but in the midst of those horrendous times, God reveals sufficient wisdom to destroy the chains that bind us to ignorance and fear.
Women are not some wicked temptress to be blamed for man’s lustful desires. The temptress resides in man’s own sinful, lustful heart. Just as wisdom is always beyond our reach, so too is the satisfaction of man’s lust for women.