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Let Us get things right

This past Saturday was a great day. Not because it was Saturday, but because my son Jesse and I got to do some long overdue maintenance on his pickup truck. You see Jesse has the... — Updated 6/17/2020

 

Mountaintop Musings: Take Advantage of the Moment

The other day as I was finishing up building a second-story deck, my thoughts ran to several projects that I needed to get to next. I mean this deck has been on my mind for almost... — Updated 5/19/2020

 

Mountaintop Musings: Resurrection Reality!

During these insane days of government overreach, medical hysteria and misinformation, bogus computer models, consistency in the lies and attacks from communist groups both outside... — Updated 4/28/2020

 

Mountaintop Musings: Resurrection Reality!

Last Sunday the world celebrated Easter. The first Easter was the day in which the disciples and enemies of the Lord Jesus Christ discovered that the tomb in which Joseph of... — Updated 4/14/2020

 

Mountaintop Musings: Supernatural Help Is Available If You Are Looking For It

As April comes around each year, I always look back to the years 2000-2001. You may remember those days. The end of the world from Y2K did not happen. The power grid did not fail.... — Updated 3/31/2020

 

Mountain top Musings

Well, in my last "musing" I wrote about praying for those in the world whose life had been impacted by the COVID-19 virus. Specifically, those who had lost a loved one to this... — Updated 3/18/2020

 

Mountain top Musings: The Give and Take of Life

Well it is now March and that means we will soon be moving our clocks ahead one hour, filing taxes, and yes, the start of baseball season! Of course, that also means fishing season... — Updated 3/3/2020

 

Mountain Top Musings

As a little boy people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I am sure everyone has been asked this question. It is a normal thing for people to ask the little ones.... — Updated 2/4/2020

 

Mountain top Musings: Recognizing the True Value of Life

The other evening my wife and I were over at some friend's house for dinner. While there we watched the Mecum Auto auction for a while. It was exciting to see the cars and the actio... — Updated 1/21/2020

 

Mountaintop Musings: The Cure for Worry

Lately I have found great contentment in some areas that have caused me much stress. However, as I write this column, I find that some of those "areas" have come back. I am feeling... — Updated 1/7/2020

 

Mountaintop Musings: A Hopeful Time of Year, Redux

Father Time just keeps moving along doesn't He? Here we are facing 2020 in just another week. Over the past few years I have found it a bit harder to keep moving along. My knees and... — Updated 12/23/2019

 

Mountain Top Musings: A Hopeful Time of Year

As I think back about the way Congress has failed to address some major issues, I cannot help but scratch my head and wonder “What do they think their job is?” I mean we have... — Updated 12/11/2019

 

Mountaintop Musings: Are you prepared?

As summer fades to fall many people start worrying about winter. I guess that is a natural thing for us to do. Each season brings about change, new responsibilities, and finding a n... — Updated 11/13/2019

 

Mountaintop Musings: Finding Balance in the Swings of Life

I must say that I have really enjoyed the World Series so far this year. Of course, I am rooting for the Houston Astros and by now they may well be the champions. If not, they and... — Updated 10/29/2019

 

Mountaintop Musings:

I have been guilty of placing myself at the center of the universe. My needs are most important, I have the solution, and everyone else must accept that. I would bet that everyone r... — Updated 10/9/2019

 

Debunking the Perception of "Self"

Debunking the Perception of “Self” Part 2 For those of you who were expecting a “Musing” last week I apologize. I have been so busy with ministry and family that come... — Updated 9/24/2019

 

A section of the Stonewall Vegetation Project area in late 2017 shows the effect of the Park Creek fire led the Forest Service to re-analyze portions of the project. (Roger Dey Photo)

Biblically speaking the idea of “self-assurance” is one area of thinking that can lead to many problems. If we think that we are the source of all our blessings (material and im... — Updated 9/4/2019

 

Mountaintop Musings: Conquering the Problem of Self

Looking at some of the people in my life I realize that we are often our biggest barrier to a satisfying life. Most problems in my life have their beginning with the decisions Dave... — Updated 8/21/2019

 

Mountaintop Musings: The Problem of "Self"

This subject may take several “Musings” to cover it, so if this interests you, you may want to keep this one so you can read them together. It seems to me that just about... — Updated 8/6/2019

 

Mountaintop Musings: Time Well Spent

The past month has been fantastic. I did not win the lottery. I did see the results of many months of preparation as we had our annual five-day Bible camp. It is a great but stressf... — Updated 7/23/2019

 

Mountaintop Musings: Memorable Day

Celebrations can be great fun. I know that most of us today are celebrating the founding of our country. July 4, 1776 is one of the greatest days in man’s history in my opinion.... — Updated 7/2/2019

 

Mountaintop Musings: Looking for a better Deal

Well, according to some “experts” the dynasty of the Golden State Warriors is over. They were dethroned by the Toronto Raptors in six games. I must confess I am not an NBA fan... — Updated 6/18/2019

 

Mountaintop Musings: Frustrating Thoughts

This week’s column is going to be a bit different. I must admit it is hard to focus as I have so many frustrating thoughts running through my brain. Over the past decade or so we... — Updated 6/5/2019

 

Mountaintop Musings: More thoughts on A biblical view of anger

One area in my life that I feel God has made some good changes in me concerns anger. I can remember too many times in life when my “temper” got the best of me. It was not this... — Updated 5/29/2019

 

Mountaintop Musings: A biblical view of anger

Over the years I have had many opportunities to develop and exhibit self-control. I would love to say that I have always passed the test and been a model of patience, calmness and... — Updated 5/14/2019

 

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