Friday, December 30, 2016

From Deliverance To Destruction In 100 Years - POTPOURRI

Passing on Spiritual Truth is most important and ‘time is of essence’. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, December 29, 2016

An Invitation For 2017 - POTPOURRI

I am issuing an invitation to all who are listening to 'Bless The Lord' every day in 2017. It will not be difficult to do but it will require one not to forget.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

“I Know A Thing Or Two” - VIGNETTE

I chuckle very time I hear the commercial that uses the phrase, “We know a thing or two…” I have discovered that’s about all I know! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Temporarily Spiritual Blindness - VIGNETTE

What causes any of us (believers) to walk as if blind, spiritually? Turning off our spiritual/moral “G.P.S. System” of course! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, December 26, 2016

Just A Crazy Ol Man! - VIGNETTE

How many people in the Bible can you think of that were thought to be insane because of their message or testimony? By the way, does anyone think YOU have lost your mind because you don’t compromise the Word of God? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, December 23, 2016

What The Fool Does At The End, The Wise Man … -- POTPOURRI

Counting the cost is a wise decision to make. Even if the costs outweighs the pay-offs, loyalty to God often means disloyalty to man and his laws.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, December 22, 2016

“I Know The Plans….” 67 Years and Counting - CLASS

Many verses in the Scripture are specific to a group of people, a nation, or to individuals. Keeping the ‘lines’ straight helps us to understand God’s Word. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Stumblebum - CLASS

It is a real problem to be a clumsy person, i.e., ‘Stumblebum’, but it is a bigger problem to be a Spiritual Stumblebum. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

No Soldier Left Behind - POTPOURRI

Our military tries very hard never to leave a soldier behind but some soldiers are MIA. There is an ‘army’ with a Commander that will never leave a soldier behind. There will never be a MIA in His service! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, December 19, 2016

When I Could And I Did Becomes I Can’t And I Won’t! - POTPOURRI

I watched out our door, fourteen year old kitty chase a leaf.  Then she ran to the tree she’s climbed since she was tiny. Instead of climbing she looked up, stood at its base, and finally walked away. I thought, ‘I know what you mean, old girl!”. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, December 16, 2016

Suffering? Make Sure It’s Not For This! - POTPOURRI

For the Believer, there is suffering that is beneficial.  But there is another kind of suffering that is not beneficial to one’s own self, to others, and certainly does not please God.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Oh No! I REALLY Step In ‘It’! - POTPOURRI

Without my glasses and wearing bunny slippers, I stepped out of the door to run and pick up the newspaper. Some animal left a ‘deposit’ on the welcome mat – guess he took it literally! Galatians 6:1 flashed in my mind … caught!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

No Matter What You’re Called Never Forget Your Name! - CLASS

The Lord had placed four young men in Babylon. He had given them abilities and opportunities to serve Him in a pagan country right under the nose of the pagan King. What would they do? Assimilate? Adapt and adjust to pagan life?  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Martha Hands: A Mary Mind - POTPOURRI

I was given a heart-touching gift. I am passing on the blessing. May you do the same. “We are all links in a chain,” said my husband.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, December 12, 2016

“Facts Are Stubborn Things …” - POTPOURRI

If you want to know another person, watch what they do over a period time. A pattern will develop. Don’t believe what you hear. Believe what you see for ‘Facts Are Stubborn Things!”  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, December 9, 2016

All Stuck Up - POTPOURRI

I once offered a counseling class opened to only those folks who were all stuck up. Some were all stuck up in regrets or grief. Others were all stuck up in fear. Some were just stuck up on being stuck up. Perhaps the most difficult is being stuck up in …. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christmas 2016 - CLASS

This is not a typical Christmas message. We are looking at the Eternality of Christ, His prenatal call, and more. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Free Open Enrollment: An Unbeatable Warranty - VIGNETTE

Many are enrolled in varied activities.  Usually there are costs to consider. But not in this exclusive group …and the warranty is unsurpassed!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Round 2 It - POTPOURRI

Most of us have, at least, one TO DO list.  Some folks get the small things done first. Others begin with the biggies. Then there are those who never get anything done.  They say …. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, December 5, 2016

Impulsive People Do Stupid Things - POTPOURRI

Impulsive people don’t count the cost. They see ALL the reasons ‘why to’ and none of the reasons for ‘why NOT to”! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, December 2, 2016

“Either Change Your Behavior Or Change Your Name!” - POTPOURRI

Alexander The Great was observing a soldier being reprimanded. He asked for the man’s name.  The man replied …. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Two Ways To Solve A Problem - CLASS

Problems can overwhelm us to the point of becoming immobile.  Being so focused on the issue we can’t think of anything else. Really, there are only two ways to solve the problem. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I Sat Among The Dead - POTPOURRI

Sitting on a bench next to my husband’s grave, I wondered how many of those buried here had placed their trust in Jesus prior to their death. The Bible tells we are surrounded by the SPIRITUALLY DEAD. Do we have a heart for the lost before it’s too late? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Wicked Rule Of A Wicked Woman - POTPOURRI

National apostasy from God leaves a nation open and vulnerable to enemies from without and from within.  The woman, of whom we speak, had a six year rule, then The Lord called, “Time!” CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, November 28, 2016

“What’s All That White Stuff In Your Hair?” - POTPOURRI

My mother often jokingly asks me that question. My usual answer is, “Maturity”.  In Bible Study I read Hebrews 5:14 and immediately remember mother’s question. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, November 25, 2016

The Lamp - POTPOURRI

I accidentally left a lamp on one night. The next morning what a mess! Hundreds of tiny insects were covering the screen. They had been drawn to the artificial light. I thought, “People are like that!” CLICK HERE TO LISTEN


Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Devil Is On A Fishing Expedition - POTPOURRI

The devil has many different devices to catch his prey.  I can guarantee that he never uses stink bait!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Lord Will Confess This, If … - CLASS

Can any of us believe that God would confess that man could save himself? The Lord told Job,  “You do these nine things THEN I will confess…” CLICK HERE TO LISTEN


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Living In Scary Times – Fear God Not Man - POTPOURRI

Believers are living in uncharted waters.  In times like these, we must hold on to what we know to be true. God is in control! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, November 21, 2016

“I Was Only Joking!” - POTPOURRI

Solomon presents a comparison between a man out-of-his mind with a Joker with a deceitful heart. He aims to inflict pain and then blames … “Can’t You Take A Joke?” CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

“I Was Only Joking!” - POTPOURRI

Solomon presents a comparison between a man out-of-his mind with a Joker with a deceitful heart. He aims to inflict pain and then blames … “Can’t You Take A Joke?” CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, November 18, 2016

Pray For Those in Authority - POTPOURRI

A sense of urgency seems to permeate. The Apostle Paul’s admonition to believers: There Is Much Danger Ahead! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Look For Quotation Marks! - POTPOURRI

God’s Word, the totality of it, from cover to cover, is like no other Book. What does God think about mankind?  If we do not know the answer to the question we will never understand the world around us. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Training Wheels Are Off! - POTPOURRI

I observed a little fellow learning to ride a bicycle without training wheels. He was yelling, “I’m doing it all by myself!”  But he wasn’t – can you guess the analogy I drew? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Hey! What Are You Doing Here? - POTPOURRI

A beautiful butterfly flew inside our house when the door was opened. He perched on the ceiling where I could not reach him. I drew an analogy. Some of us are in places we should not be.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, November 14, 2016

Top Priority on Today's To Do List – Banking Business - POTPOURRI

Can God’s plans, purposes, and promises be annulled?  Has there ever been a Ruler that has thwarted God’s decrees? The answer SHOULD make a difference in our life. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, November 11, 2016

Horse Apples! - POTPOURRI

Have you ever seen the 'fruit' from a Bois d' arc Tree? Totally inedible. Horses don't eat them either! The Lord told Israel, "...your fruit comes from Me."  Jesus said, "Apart from Me you can do nothing." CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Knickers In A Knot? - POTPOURRI

Are your knickers in a knot because you don’t like what you’ve got?  A menagerie of emotions simmer below the surface as a result of wearing knotted attitudinal knickers.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Broody - POTPOURRI

This is a true chicken TALE (no pun intended) but it is  very TELLING as we think about how we deal with problems. What do we produce by being broody? Time will TELL! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

A Spiritual Hacking Cough - POTPOURRI

We stay far away from someone who has a hacking cough. But a spiritual hacking cough?  Well, that is a different story! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, November 7, 2016

The Lunch Date - POTPOURRI

You are invited to attend, vicariously of course. Five were invited but only three arrived: Nervous Nellie, Sad Sarah, and Worried Wanda.  Forget the salt – Pass the tissue!   CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, November 4, 2016

Thursday, November 3, 2016

A Mind Convinced Against Its Will… - POTPOURRI

“A mind convinced against its will is of the same mind still.”  This recording is a result of an exasperating woman whom I have worked with for years. She is destroying her home yet on she goes. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Forget It! - POTPOURRI

I had the privilege of sharing scriptural God’s truth with a believer who was having great difficulty NOT focusing on her past.  “How could I have done these things?” CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Making of an Assayer - VIGNETTE

An Assayer is someone who examines a metal to determine the content of gold or silver, etc.  Jeremiah was God’s assayer. God gave him time to ‘grow’ into that calling. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, October 31, 2016

Practical Biblical Counseling Skills - CLASS

This class was recorded in 2012 and offers practical ways to help the hurting. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, October 28, 2016

Asking For “Me Stuff” - POTPOURRI

Have you ever listened to your prayers and ask yourself a question, “Am I asking only for ‘me stuff’?  Does anything I ask for have spiritual value? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Elder Abuse - POTPOURRI

It is estimated that one in ten Americas 60 years old and over have experienced some form of elder abuse. No one knows what goes on behind closed doors. When we are aware, we are to be the voice of those who have no voice! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Body Building Then And Now - POTPOURRI

Paul uses the physical body as an analogy of the spiritual body of Christ. What part of the ‘spiritual anatomy’ is your gift? Where are you placed? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Anathematized! - VIGNETTE

Almost every week we hear of a new twist, a new idea to complicate the glorious gospel or to marginalize The Good News until it’s really no news at all. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, October 24, 2016

Living Above The Sun - CLASS

This Bible study in the Book of Ecclesiastes was recorded in the early 1990s  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, October 21, 2016

Insomniacs – POTPOURRI

“Give your worries to God, He will be up all night anyway.”  Two men in Scripture could not sleep. My oh my what God did through them by keeping them wide awake!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Spiritual Spandex – POTPOURRI

When trouble comes your way, what holds you together? From what source do you derive your truth? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Righteousness Is Non-Transferable But Comfort Is! - POTPOURRI

None of us (believers in Christ) are without comfort.  Sometimes we need to be reminded to be a comforter to others in need. God certainly expects us to extend and share the comfort He has given. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Mission Discovery – Remote And Exceedingly Mysterious – CLASS

Do you want to know what is going to happen in the days ahead? Who can declare and proclaim future events? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, October 17, 2016

Taking A Stroll Through The Orchard - POTPOURRI

Do you want to know what is going to happen in the days ahead? Who can declare and proclaim future events? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, October 14, 2016

…Not What I Expected – POTPOURRI

What do you think? Does God ever get fed-up with His saint and dump His struggling one? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Gift Of Suffering – POTPOURRI

Sometimes, there is suffering in our lives that is painful and permanent. Like Paul we could call it a ‘thorn’.  God often gives gifts that don’t feel good.  Yet rightly evaluated (biblically) “is producing for us an eternal weight of glory….” CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Suicide: The Ultimate Self- Destruction – POTPOURRI

This recording is for the family left behind. The most difficult, gut-wrenching experience on earth is coming to grips with a loved-one’s death. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Dead Flies And Fruit Gnats - POTPOURRI

Those pesky creatures multiply rapidly and we find it difficult to get rid of them. Solomon said, “one sinner destroys much good.” CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, October 10, 2016

If Hubby Walked On Water, Jesus Would Be Unnecessary! - POTPOURRI

Often couples that have come to counseling in the past, drop in for a “3,000 miles check-up”.  This recording is the result of one such inspection.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, October 7, 2016

He Who Mounts Wild Tiger, Dare Not Dismount - POTPOURRI

Sometimes in our lives storms (like a wild tiger) come through no fault of our own. Other times, we bring storms (mounting the tiger) on ourselves! Click Here To Listen

Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Transformer - POTPOURRI

A transformer (as I understand) provides power for service. THE TRANSFORMER changes a life from the inside out! The believer, then, is to transform this – and is given power to serve! Click Here To Listen

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Gone Fishing - POTPOURRI

How painful it is when life doesn’t work out like we thought. We can collapse and like Peter hang a sign that reads, “Gone Fishing.” Click Here To Listen

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

My Life On A ‘Post-It’ Note - POTPOURRI

In my Bible are several sticky notes that record a date, an experience, and are placed by the passage that answered the need. What a joy to …. Click Here To Listen

Monday, October 3, 2016

“God Wants To Hear You Sing” - POTPOURRI

Has your heart been blessed by a little child singing? The words may not have been correct and maybe this little one was off key, but those things did not matter. God wants to hear HIS CHILDREN sing from the heart and with the mind. Click Here To Listen

Friday, September 30, 2016

I Flunked The Test! - POTPOURRI

Lest you think I am a paragon of perfect trust in the Lord, I am recording this vignette. My world was rocked yesterday. Did I trust in God and find peace in the storm?  Noooo! Click Here To Listen

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Crisis Prayers - POTPOURRI

Paul believed in intercessory prayer. We do too. Prayer chains are wonderful. Prayers go up and blessings come down. But something is missing! Click Here To Listen

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Candy Kissing Preacher - POTPOURRI

Candy kisses written in 1948 by George Morgan:  “Candy kisses wrapped in paper…” I changed to “Candy Kisses wrapped in ERROR.”   Click Here To Listen

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Epiphany! - POTPOURRI

Job’s life WAS doom and gloom. All of a sudden he had an epiphany that blew the storm clouds away! Some of us need a strong dose of Job’s insight. Click Here To Listen

Monday, September 26, 2016

Today Is The Tomorrow You Worried About Yesterday - POTPOURRI

One of the most difficult problems we face is learning not to trust ourselves but to place our trust in God (2 Cor. 1:8-9).  There is purpose beyond pain! Click Here To Listen

Friday, September 23, 2016

When The Door Closes - POTPOURRI

Sometimes it seems that God has closed the door. We thought it was the ‘just right place.”  Now what?  Click Here To Listen

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Ultimate Umpire - POTPOURRI

Conflicts without, conflicts within, we have a desperate need for The Ultimate Umpire!  Click Here To Listen

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

You Can’t Get Blood Out of a Turnip Nor Warmth From A Cold Heart - POTPOURRI

I ask you for what reason would any of us attempt to explain painful past or present issues to a cold-hearted person?  We must ask, “What is my motive?” Click Here To Listen

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Picking Fights And Causing Trouble Or Angel Wings And Halos - POTPOURRI

Relationships are often exhausting! We are living WITH people, ABOVE people or AGAINST people. Click Here To Listen

Monday, September 19, 2016

Have You Ever Heard Anyone Say …? - POTPOURRI

“I am the wrong crowd you fell into”?  I am amused that a wrong crowd is ‘out there’ but no one claims to be the culprit. The wrong crowd has only victims!   Click Here To Listen

Friday, September 16, 2016

It Is Cheaper To learn By O.P.E. - POTPOURRI

It will cost us less heartache if we learn by Other People’s Experiences …but some learn no other way! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, September 15, 2016

You Still Here? - POTPOURRI

Some powerful troublemakers seem never to leave…but eventually they do …but all in God’s timing.  (note: there is the sound of rain on the roof in this message). CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

‘Home-Schooled Children Are Not Socialized’ - POTPOURRI

This is one of the platform issues that opponents of the Home Schoolers declare. I thank the Lord for home-schooling parents. I thank the parents for investing in their child’s life! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

What A Thought … Known By God! - POTPOURRI

To know this is to have our souls thrilled!  This word, “known,” is not a word that simply means accumulated information. No, it speaks of a deeper intimate and personal relationship! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, September 12, 2016

An Old Excuse, “I Am Mad At God!” - VIGNETTE

In counseling I have encountered several people who use this excuse to remain where they are. There are ‘benefits’ received from others.  There are many ‘pay-offs’. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, September 9, 2016

Can A Frog Drown? - POTPOURRI

This vignette isn’t about frogs, it is about people.  Will you please join me in prayer for an unsaved woman who is drowning in pain and has no resources outside herself? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Reading The Will … The Inheritance - POTPOURRI

Nothing causes more family feuds than the ‘Reading Of The Will’.  There are those who are unhappy with their inheritances. The church is not exempt from this. Some say God has changed His will!  Is this possible? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Was It Wrong To Kill The Lion? - POTPOURRI

Samson killed the lion. It was either the lion or Samson. Samson won this battle because God gave him the ability. It was what he did later that was sin. What about us?  Is ‘slaying the dragons’ we face wrong?  What’s our world view? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

As Stubborn As A Mule - POTPOURRI

We can live our lives similar to that of a beast of burden. Often, we carry heavy loads that should have been unpacked and discarded years ago. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, September 5, 2016

Decide In Haste …Repent In Leisure - POTPOURRI

Most decisions, made in haste, have emotions involved. We feel, therefore we act. Our decisions can be life-altering. So, it will be better to put our minds in gear before putting our mouths in motion! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, September 2, 2016

You Cannot Make Up For Lost Time - POTPOURRI

Life always moves forward. There are no round trip tickets to yesterday. So, what can we do as we look back and see wasted time? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, September 1, 2016

God’s Goodness -vs- Human Nature - POTPOURRI

From the beginning of human history (and there has been no change) we cannot take God’s goodness for very long. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Masquerade - VIGNETTE

Children playing dress-up is a fun and harmless game. But when grown-ups masquerade, there is always a motive behind the pretense. Paul tell us, "...even Satan disguises himself..."Not to fool God but to fool people, even us! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Test Results Are In - POTPOURRI

Believers know from God's Word that periodically The Lord gives us a test. Most think we are tested during not-so-fun times, and that may be true. But we can also be tested by praise, God's goodness, or by prosperity. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, August 29, 2016

Before Speaking, Sit On A 3 Legged Stool And Close 2 Gates - POTPOURRI

 God has given us two gates to close. If we make use of those, plus sit on a three-legged stool first before we speak, we will save ourselves (and others) much trouble!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, August 26, 2016

End Well - POTPOURRI

Life matters!  It matters how we begin, how we run, and infinitely important, how we end. Some folks begin well and end well. Others struggle, get off the right path, and find themselves in the cactus patch. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, August 25, 2016

It Is Called, "Dark Energy" - VIGNETTE

 "...As yet unknown and unidentified form of energy that pervades the universe.  More is unknown than is known. It is a complete mystery."  Believers know where this energy comes from. It comes from a Person and He is not Dark. He is The Light Of The World. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The LORD Is The Shepherd ALL The Time He Is MY Shepherd - POTPOURRI

 Can you, in all honesty, say that The Lord is your Shepherd ALL of the time? I have found that sometime, I wish to be His Shepherd! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

How Old Is OLD To God? - POTPOURRI

The Bible records the age of many people. I find it very interesting to read that David "...died at a ripe old age...", yet to my way of thinking, 71 or 72 years old is not "a ripe old age"!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, August 22, 2016

Has Anyone Ever Been Forsaken By God? Yes! - POTPOURRI

It would be rare to find a believer reading verse 1 of Psalm 22 without thinking of Jesus Christ on the cruel cross. Who can understand the mystery of these words, spoken by the Holy Son of God?
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Friday, August 19, 2016

There Is ALWAYS Something To Be Thankful For - POTPOURRI

The title comes from my dear mother. She says this often and adds a sentence, “But you have to look for it.”  How true these words of wisdom are. It could always be worse. God is Good! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Spiritual Fontanelle - VIGNETTE

Newborns have ‘soft spots’ at birth – a space between the bones of the skull. This is a fun way to look at the process of growing and developing spiritually as born-again believers.  We ALL have spiritual soft-spots … CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Why Some Chains And Not All? - POTPOURRI

If not careful we can want, in our heart of hearts, to issue commands to God. After the counsel of our own wills, we can want God to be ‘fair’. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

If It’s Important To God, He Gives Exact Details - VIGNETTE

Think about the ark Noah was told to construct. Think about the tabernacle Moses was to build.  Think about the details of the temple that Solomon would build. But the greatest details, God ever gave to all mankind is … CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, August 15, 2016

Unsanctified Prosperity - POTPOURRI

“Men of this world” often seem to have an overabundance. At the same time, contentment and satisfaction elude them. Their focus is on the outward, the transitory, and the unreal. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, August 12, 2016

Perpetually, Is This Good A Or Bad Word? - POTPOURRI

Well, it depends.  If used as a dirt-dweller, a loop-hole can be found.  But if from heaven? Never! When God says, “Forever”, “Endless”, or “Everlasting”, He means it! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Stressed Out! (Part Two: The Valley of Decision) - POTPOURRI

Here is what I do (usually) when life goes bump, knocking me off balance and ‘stressed out’ is around the corner. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Stressed Out! (Part One) - POTPOURRI

We all know this experience!  But what is ‘stress’? STRESS is not a disease, an event, nor is it anxiety. Stress is something WE DO! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Queens Of Denial - POTPOURRI

We can all have memberships in this ‘society’.  There is much company for us in Scripture. For example, Eve, “My will be done: God did not mean what He said.”  Or Sarah, “My way or the highway.”  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, August 8, 2016

Where Are They Now? - POTPOURRI

Think of evil rulers from history. The Hitlers, Stalins, Nero, etc … where are they now? Today’s evil rulers will be no different. They too shall meet their end. These are scary times. In order to have peace in the midst of upheaval and chaos we must know the promises of God. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, August 5, 2016

Mt. Moriah … Purely Coincidental, I’m Sure - VIGNETTE

Connect the dots and you will see an exciting biblical picture. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Spider And The Fly - POTPOURRI

How difficult for a young believer to grow up in this culture. The needle on our nation’s moral compass has been broken for a long time. Temptation is ever present. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Can Parents Love Their Children Too Much? - POTPOURRI

The answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no.’  The question becomes, “What is love?” CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

As Nervous As A Cat In A Room Full Of Rockers! - POTPOURRI

I’m quite sure that you have had a pressing need and saw no way out. How scary those times are. We have all been there. But God moved hearts and provided hands to help. We were most grateful … for a while. But then … well, you know. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, August 1, 2016

Four Anchors And A Wish - POTPOURRI

‘Never confuse the will of God with the will of the majority.”  Paul’s words made no difference. He was over-ruled by the Pilot, the Captain, and the Majority. Doing so left them with four anchors and a wish! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, July 29, 2016

Getting Enough Exercise - POTPOURRI

Most of us think when asked this question of physical exercise. But God ‘does not take pleasure in the legs of a man.”’  God makes sure His child is Exercised, not just for time but for eternity. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, July 28, 2016

“God Wants Our Soul’s Full”. Question Is, “Who Is Responsible?” - VIGNETTE

In Bible study the above statement was made.  I asked the question , “Who is responsible?”  Answer was ‘God is, but we play a role.”  Is this Biblically correct? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

God’s Math Skills Are Perfect! - POTPOURRI

You can’t read very far in Scripture without running into numbers. God adds, subtracts, multiplies, and divides. God loves numbers so it seems. What should knowing this mean to us? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

There’s A New Kid On The Block. Child Of Big Daddy Government - POTPOURRI

We knew about ‘this kid’.  But he was just the fat, ugly kid who lived down the block. We thought we were bigger. And besides, there were more of us! We were wrong! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, July 25, 2016

Remaining Sane In An Insane World - VIGNETTE

Our world has gone crazy! So, how can we maintain our sanity while living in a nutty, sinful culture? We look at three biblical examples to point us to Right-Mindedness. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, July 22, 2016

Shrink-Wrapped Messages - POTPOURRI

An appliance can be purchased for the purpose of shrink-wrapping meats to place in the freezer. Many messages coming from the pulpit today are ‘shrink-wrapped’.  They are devoid of the truth and power of God’s Word. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, July 21, 2016

July 4th Drowning On Area Lake - POTPOURRI

My heart goes out to the families. One man gave his life-jacket to another struggling swimmer thinking he could make it back to shore. He didn’t. I thought of our Savior. He had NO life jacket to give to save but one soul. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

An Amazing Twist of Scripture: The Mount of Olives - POTPOURRI

How I love to read about a certain person or place that was ‘this’, yet God made ‘that’ from it. So it is with the Mount of Olives. Only The Lord can (or would) do these things! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Middle Of The Road Kind of Guy – VIGNETTE

“Don’t Make Waves” “Let’s Not Offend Anyone”  “What Will People Think If You Don’t ‘Go Along To Get Along’?” Many are compromising their convictions and their consciences.  The Apostle Peter sure did! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, July 18, 2016

Misunderstandings … Nip Them In The Bud! - POTPOURRI

How easy it is to misunderstanding someone and feelings are hurt. When there is a disagreement, talk it out! Do not go silent because the issue can go subterranean and metastasize! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, July 15, 2016

How Can A Rotten Dad Have A Great Son? - POTPOURRI

The Bible is replete with examples of Fathers and Sons. God has held the man responsible for the family since Genesis 2 and 3. He has not changed His purpose or alignment for the family unit. So what’s the point? How does this affect me? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Bathroom Debacle - POTPOURRI

This great American experiment has been a long time coming. It will end in failure and eventually judgment.  God does not pronounce “WOE” for nothing! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Begin Your Day This Way - POTPOURRI

How one begins his day sets the tone of the WHOLE day. The greatest and most grand thoughts a human mind can attain are thoughts about God! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Cotton Candy Religion - POTPOURRI

Mankind’s condition has not improved of and by itself. We want to be told pleasant things, to have a great experience, and to feel good about ourselves when we leave church. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Whys of Life -- VIGNETTE

We do not clearly see what The Lord is doing with our lives. We want answers to the painful events that so impact us. But love limits what can be known. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Stressed Out! - POTPOURRI (Part One)

We all know this experience!  But what is ‘stress’? STRESS is not a disease, an event, nor is it anxiety. Stress is something WE DO! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, July 8, 2016

Revisiting My ‘Goldilocks’ Experience - POTPOURRI

The “whys” of suffering may be hidden from the sufferer and misunderstood by Observers. I still do not know why those evils of several years ago came my way but I do know God went before me. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Meeting The God of Justice - POTPOURRI

That God is a God of Justice none can deny who know Scripture.  Yet evil abounds and justice often is nowhere to be found. Even Jeremiah asked to discuss matters of justices with the Lord. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Don’t Be Hot … Be Cool! - POTPOURRI

Two distinct personalities exhibit traits of being Hot or of being Cool. Best to be ‘Cool”, God’s Way! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Mrs. G’s Powerful Reminder - POTPOURRI

A wonderful, godly 104 year old friend often gives a two-word powerful reminder. How easy it is to forget these two little words that speak volumes! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, July 4, 2016

How Do You Hide An Elephant? -- POTPOURRI

That’s an easy question to answer. Just create a distraction and that ol’ elephant disappears. With so many distractions in our lives, might there be an elephant lurking about yet hidden? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, July 1, 2016

Commended To The Lord – Learning To Let Go - POTPOURRI

How difficult it is to emotionally ‘let go’ of family or close friends who have moved to a distant city! But let go we must. We have work to do and duty calls. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Breakfast Is Served! - POTPOURRI

Most of us give thanks at mealtime. But I wonder … are our prayers words without heart?  John Bunyan said, “In prayer, it is better to have a heart without words, than words without heart.” CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Should A Believer Pray For Comfort And Peace To All? - POTPOURRI

During these trying times, should a believer pray that the victim’s families have comfort and peace? Is comfort and peace guaranteed to all?  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Satan’s Shoe Store … One Size Fits All! - POTPOURRI

Have you ever thought about your ‘Soulical Shoes’ and how you got them?  A one-size fits all, a ‘Double E’ World View!  Some of us have never grown out of these ‘Soulical Shoes’! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN



Monday, June 27, 2016

How Do You Hug A Porcupine? -- POTPOURRI

Loving some people is a painful experience.  The more you hug, the more you bleed. Go grab a tourniquet and then listen to this vignette! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Sunday, June 26, 2016

May I have Your Attention Please? - POTPOURRI

How one attends to the what, when, and where of life depends on what one gives attention to. We usually find what we are looking for. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Saturday, June 25, 2016

What Do We Pray For Our Adult Children? - POTPOURRI

Most of us pray for our children, asking The Lord for safety for them. We ask for God’s blessing on them financially and physically. Often, we don’t ask the most important of all in prayer. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Blessings of Asparagus - POTPOURRI

In our garden grows this lovely, nutritious vegetable.  But I didn’t plant it. We benefit from another’s labor. We have one chance to leave something behind. In spiritual matters, this becomes critical.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Jesus Was Not A Socialist. Neither was Paul! - POTPOURRI

The way I understand the basic principle of Socialism is that a Socialist advocates a classless society. Take from the wealthy and give to the poor. Make everyone ‘even-Steven’.  What did Jesus and Paul have to say about this subject? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Where Do Smiles Go? - POTPOURRI


How easy it is to be irritable and snap with hurtful words.  The smile, that was given seconds before is now replaced with a furrowed brow. I wonder, where to smiles go, anyway? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A Mother’s Supreme Grief – A Son’s Supreme Love - POTPOURRI

At the foot of the cross we find Mary. Who can comprehend her intense grief? Looking up, we find Jesus nailed to the cross. None can comprehend Jesus’ suffering.  Yet, even in His horrific pain, He provides care for His mother.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, June 20, 2016

Stumbling Blocks Of A Saboteur -- POTPOURRI

Have you ever been barely functioning and some friend or relative decides to dump their pent-up frustrations on you at your lowest point? Sabotage! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Sunday, June 19, 2016

A Life Of Faithless Ease - POTPOURRI

We can all live a life of faithfulness ease until something happens that causes us to turn from our own self-interest and self-trust. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Groans - POTPOURRI

Today, I saw an old couple holding hands and walking side by side. One wore a brace around his waist, the other wore thick glasses. I wondered if they held onto each other because they cared or if …. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, June 17, 2016

Identity – Saint or Sinner? - VIGNETTE

How many verses can be found where a saved, truly born again believer, is called a ‘sinner’?  If you are born from above and placed in the body of Christ, you are a saint! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, June 16, 2016

‘The Prayer of Jabez’, ‘Heaven Is For Real’, and Disco - POTPOURRI

These three have a common connection. What might that be?  Why should it matter?  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Anger and Bitterness with Dr. Mal Couch

These two audio files were transferred from cassette tapes and originated before the year 2000. 
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Opportunity Knocks - POTPOURRI

The really hard thing is to be able to say whether it is opportunity at the door or whether it is a test by circumstance. Our spiritual, moral, ethical compass must be well-tuned in such situations. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, June 13, 2016

In My Father's House - POTPOURRI

The Lord Jesus makes clear and never connects His disciples, nor anyone else, with Himself to His relationship with His Father. He stands in an intimate and unparalleled relation to the Father like no other! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Sunday, June 12, 2016

What Did He Know And When Did He Know It? - POTPOURRI

David knew and had known for a long time that he was to be king. So why was he still bobbing and weaving fleeing from Saul? What kept David on this side of wrong? What keeps us from doing life our way?  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Saturday, June 11, 2016

And The Lord Laughs - POTPOURRI

All the positioning of the biggest and brightest nor the mass of weaponry has no power against The Matchless Sovereign of the universe. You can be sure that God will get the last laugh!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, June 10, 2016

A Jericho Victory - An Ai Defeat - POTPOURRI

Joshua chapters 6 and 7 will be a jumping off point as we look at an incident in David’s life. He had a great personal victory but an Ai defeat was just around the corner. None of us can say “I’ve Got This” and expect a Jericho experience! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Weigh In - POTPOURRI

Most of us avoid the scale like the plague.  I wonder how many of us think about the weight of our souls/spirits?  Would we be light-weights? There is a day decreed. This “weigh-in” cannot be avoided.  So, where is our focus?  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Monuments - POTPOURRI

The morals and character of a nation are often expressed in the monuments that are built. The recent proposed monument by the man in charge will be built in New York City. How dangerous is it to flaunt this sin in the very face of God?  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Stranger Danger - POTPOURRI

While it is true that we must be ever vigilant as we go about our day, this vignette is about Stranger Danger in the most important area of our lives.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, June 6, 2016

Pride Always speaks In First Person Pronouns – VIGNETTE

Stop and Listen! We hear “ISMs: daily.  “I”, “Self”, and “Me” rules supreme these days.  Each of us must check our own words and hearts because PRIDE is just a breath away. God hates Pride!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Sunday, June 5, 2016

An Ungrateful Heart Is An Ugly Heart - POTPOURRI

Four times in the earthly life of our Lord, we find Him giving thanks. Forty-three times in Paul’s Epistles we are admonished to be thankful.  Thankfulness is not an inborn trait. We must learn to be grateful.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Political Landscape And Prognostications – POTPOURRI

Do you find yourself nervous and jerky as you watch the news about the election? Prognosticators are predicting or forecasting, based on current information, the probable outcome of a yet future event.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, June 3, 2016

No Fishing Allowed- POTPOURRI

Many believers fear meeting The Lord face to face someday. But The Bible declares, “There is NO fear in love …” CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Conception Lights - POTPOURRI

Have you seen the spectacular flashes of light the moment of conception? When the sperm connects with the egg there is quite a light show!  “Oh the depth of the riches and knowledge of God!”   CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

From Dear Diary To Facebook And Dr. Phil - POTPOURRI

When I was a young girl a diary was private and personal. No one was allowed to read it. There are no boundaries, no subject is off limit.  Today people air their own and others' dirty laundry for millions to see. What does this mean? Have we become a nation of voyeurs?  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, May 30, 2016

My Thoughts On The Zika Virus (not suitable for children) - POTPOURRI

The CDC has issued warnings to women who are pregnant and to women who plan to conceive not to travel to certain countries where this virus is running rampant. One thing this horrible virus proves and is made crystal clear, there is a living child developing within the womb.  '...so that they are without excuse."  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Who Moved My Tree – POTPOURRI


Today we had a hackberry tree removed that was crowding the pecan tree. Mockingbirds had begun building their home in the hackberry. After it was cut down, I watched them become totally confused. Such is our lives too when our ‘tree’ is moved. Adjust or self-destruct? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Other Man: Accident or Sovereignty? - POTPOURRI

What do you believe? Was there any chance that Orpah would have followed Naomi and not Ruth? Was it possible that Ruth would have gleaned in another’s field and not Boaz’s?  Might the other man have agreed to marry Ruth and not Boaz?  Accident or Sovereignty?  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, May 27, 2016

Follow The Green Line Through Scripture - POTPOURRI

How many siblings in Scripture can you think of that had a bad case of The Green-Eye Monster Disease? What about in your family? Sibling rivalry anyone? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, May 26, 2016

So Which Is It: Rich Man or Poor Man? – POTPOURRI

Some say a Christian should be poor. Others say that God wants us to be rich. So which is it? What is the common bond between these two?  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

What On Earth Happened To Miriam? -POTPOURRI

She lived during one of the major transition periods of history. She was a gifted poet and musician.  She was in a leadership position. So, what happened to Miriam? That ol' Green-Eyed Monster got the best of her! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Affliction … Who Needs It! - VIGNETTE

Afflictions come in many forms and different intensities. We all have had afflictions, are having afflictions, or will have afflictions. So, affliction …who needs it?  Turns out we all do!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, May 23, 2016

USDA Approved – POTPOURRI

The USDA has much authority. Many Christians are unaware that our freedoms are being removed. Here is an ‘either/or’ principle.  EITHER we are stamped ‘USDA Approved’ OR our approval comes from God. If we choose the latter, expect persecution. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Discontented …Everywhere I Go, There I am! - POTPOURRI

Many people are discontented within themselves Wanting to serve the Lord in some other way, they feel dissatisfied and disgruntled… CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Our Home Is Dust Free … Oh, Wait! - POTPOURRI

As most of us grow older, our physical sight becomes less efficient and we need eye-glasses to help us see more clearly. My prayer for you and for myself is that as we age may we see more while seeing less … CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, May 20, 2016

Dead-Heading - POTPOURRI

To dead-head is to remove old and faded blooms from a flowering plant to encourage new blooming and to improve the appearance of the plant.  We need to spiritually 'dead-head' our old, faded blossoms  For instance: "The way life used to be" or all the "could have beens" , "if only", etc ... or "I can never serve God because of my past" ... Dead-head now! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Observe The Flowers – POTPOURRI

Jesus taught deep spiritual truths by using common everyday experiences to help people understand.  If you Think Biblically, you too, as my daughter and I did, will learn a lesson from the flowers. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Perspective – POTPOURRI

We all have a different perspective (our mental view of facts, idea, etc).  If we are talking about benign issues we’re really discussing our preferences. But on moral issues it becomes a different  story! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

All You Need Is Love … Really? - POTPOURRI


There are three words being used these days particularly in the Religious Arena:  “Unity”, “Tolerance”, and “Love”.  But something huge is missing. What might it be? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, May 16, 2016

Failure Is Not Always Final - POTPOURRI

What do you think?  Can, indeed, would the Lord use a Deserter? What about a Denier?  Before we cast stones, maybe we ought to move out of our glass houses!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Does God Ever Get Mixed-Up? – POTPOURRI

After a frustrating disappointment, my husband and jokingly said, “Lace, I think God got mixed-up.  This disappointment was for MEL and LUCY CROUCH, not Mal and Lacy Couch! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Saturday, May 14, 2016

It Is Not Because You Are So Perfect …. – POTPOURRI

I heard a woman quote Ps. 139:17 from The Living Bible Translation. It reads, “How precious it is Lord, to realize that You are thinking about me constantly.”  Do you see anything wrong with this translation? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, May 13, 2016

‘Isn’t It A Pity That Youth Is Wasted On The Young’ – POTPOURRI

Have you ever said, “Oh, if I had known when I was young what I know now I would have lived my life differently?”  It is not too late to change the things you can if you are still breathing! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Proverbs 16:3, Is This Verse A Blank Check? - POTPOURRI

Reading this Proverb might cause one to think that The Lord is going to make MY plans succeed and all MY goals reached. This sounds too good to be true ... Is it?  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Accident or Sovereignty?

The car seemed to be hitting every bump in the road, as my wife Lacy jammed the accelerator to the floor. With every swerve in the highway her prayers got louder, “Oh, Lord please don’t let him die!” I stared at the roof of the car and prayed too. “Jesus, I’m your servant and if you wish to take me home now, I totally trust You!”

As I prayed, the blood was pumping from my chest, mixing with the mud that covered my shirt. I was pressing down hard on the one inch hole, trying to stop the rush of red wetness.

Would we make it to the hospital before I passed out from the bleeding? I wasn’t sure.

It all started Saturday morning, August the third. I had a lot of work to do in the yard of our country home near Clifton, Texas. By noon the air was sweltering with heat and the vegetation in the garden was as dry as Post Toasties. Trying to clean up some old brush, I had started burning a pile of dead tree limbs. Because of the arid conditions, I had inadvertently started a small grass fire which required some urgent attention with the water hose.

Nearly blind with sweat in my eyes, and tugging a forty yard section of hose, I started over a small fence when suddenly I lost my balance. An iron stake had been driven in the ground to hold up plants. Now plunging headlong, and face first, I could see that three foot long rusty rod coming up at me! Piercing the air, I could hear my own screams as the one inch round steel tip drove deep into my chest. Bent over and kneeling in the mud, impaled and in excruciating pain, I had to do something fast.

Since I couldn’t budge the rod from the ground, I clutched it as tightly as I could and tugged with what strength I had left. Again more horrible pain followed but the spike of iron was now free from my chest. With blood pouring out I ran to the car, calling for Lacy to start for the hospital. Though it was only about ten minutes away, I reasoned I could be unconscious within minutes if vital veins or arteries were cut.

Not waiting for the attendants to wheel out a stretcher, I walked into the emergency operating room and fell on the table. I had made it! After taking several x-rays, the doctor concluded I was “lucky” that nothing was damaged. A few inches up or down, left or right, the lungs could have been pierced or the heart punctured. By the way, he added, the bar had gone at least five inches deep!

Sometimes in moments like this, our theology goes right out the window. Things are happening too fast, and with the way we feel about such an event, we can even argue it is simply an “accident,” a “happen-stance,” just a “fateful” moment. But gazing up at the operating room lights, I had to reach up with heart and soul and claim what I have taught others for the past thirty years.

And that is, my God is not passive. He is not helpless nor caught off guard. He is not impotent nor are His plans for me, my life and my death, thwarted. If I can teach the providence of God, I must live the same.

Stretched out on my back on that cold surgical table, I forced myself to rehearse all the verses I could remember about the sovereignty of my Lord and Master. I had no guarantees from my God for surviving through that Saturday. He could have designed it whereby that was the day and hour I would be going home! Could I put my death in His hand and trust Him or must He spare me simply because I wanted to live?

Then I remembered the words of James, “you should say, ‘if the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.’” If the Lord wills! And again I quoted to myself Job, “my days are determined, God has set the limits of my months so that I cannot go beyond.”

And as I felt the puncture of the needles and the tug of the stitches closing the wound in my chest, I applied the words of David to me in a most personal way: “My days were ordained before even one of them had come along.” Finally, I claimed for myself from the apostle Paul my favorite verse. Though it is about king David, for that hour Saturday morning, it was mine: “After I have served the purpose of God in my generation, I will [someday] fall asleep, and will be laid among my fathers.”

Why did God allow such an experience? I will never know for sure this side of heaven, but I can give some possible reasons. 1. To help me again realize, and teach to others, how precious life really is. But more. 2. That I am really His servant and He may do with me as He pleases. 3. As well, to remind me of my own mortality.

Sometimes we feel we are going to live in this body here on earth forever. We will not! “Our citizenship indeed is in heaven, from which also, we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform this body of humiliation into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself” (Phil. 3:20-21)

--
Dr. Mal Couch
August 1996

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

What An Odd Thing To Say! –POTPOURRI

Upon reflection ‘the odd’ thing said is only ‘odd’ from a mere human’s understanding. How grateful I am for the Lord’s patience. I am thankful, as well, that He sees us differently than we see ourselves, especially during times of shaky trust. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, May 9, 2016

Father's Gone AWOL - VIGNETTE

"Then The LORD God called to the man ... "Where are you?" (Gen 3:9)  The same question can be asked today. The walking wounded ... if you listen you can hear the echo of lonely hearts.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Sunday, May 8, 2016

‘Go To The Ant’ … Or Beetle – POTPOURRI

I observed a beetle struggling to walk. He was barely creeping. Then I saw the problem. He had gotten himself into a cobweb and one web had attached itself to him, along with all the dead bugs that stuck to the web! I drew a spiritual application. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Saturday, May 7, 2016

I Have A Gift That MUST be Unwrapped Today - POTPOURRI

I awake to find a gift given me. My name is on the name card. This gift cannot be kept for tomorrow – it MUST be unwrapped today. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, May 6, 2016

There's No Shame Working In A "Low-Status" Job - POTPOURRI

Some of God's most effective servants worked in 'low-status' jobs. Take Amos, for instance.  He was a herdsman and a Nipper or pincher of wild figs. Talk about mundane assembly line work! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Days of Thorns And Roses - POTPOURRI

Most of us want roses in life without thorns. But this is not the kingdom. Our lives MUST have thorns. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Is Serving The Lord In Sincerity Enough? -- POTPOURRI

What is your answer to this question? Should the Lord be content with one’s sincere service? Something is missing? What is it? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Think You Might Be In Cold-Storage? - POTPOURRI

Fruit trees must accumulate chilling hours which refers to the number of hours of cold temperatures needed to 'satisfy winter rest requirements and produce a good crop".  Jesus told His disciples, "Come away ... and rest up for a while." Time to chill out!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Master Is Not Balanced! - POTPOURRI

The Scriptures are replete with examples of the creature condemning The Creator, blaming The Righteous One, and seeing themselves as sinless victims. Yet 'Tis Because I AM means that God's way oft looks mean to me." CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, April 28, 2016

There Is No Profit Under The Sun - VIGNETTE

I was trying to watch the news yesterday but every station was running stories about the cultural icon, Prince, who had died. There is a striking and tragic contrast between who the world considers important and the born-again believer.  “Vanity of Vanities”! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Overheard In The Raven's Camp - POTPOURRI

Burdens are often blessings in disguise. We expect answers to our prayers, to arrive in a certain package, envelope, or box. But God has multiple ways and means to supply His people's needs...some may be unconventional and unexpected!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Doctrine of Man

This study includes mature topics and is only for Mature listeners.  Dr. Mal Couch talks straight to men and to the women who love them, as only Dr. Couch could. Included in this discussion is the concept of the fatal forties or male 'menopause'. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

"Mommy, They Have Beets!" -- VIGNETTE

I had dinner with our friends and their little boy became so excited when he saw beets on the salad bar! His parents began early training his taste buds to enjoy nutritious food. How much more important to train our children's soul/spiritual 'taste buds' Godward.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, April 15, 2016

Jesus Did Not Need A Boat! - POTPOURRI

Have you ever wondered why Jesus told his disciples to have a boat ready for His use?  He walked on water! Why would Jesus 'need' a boat?  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Whys of Life - VIGNETTE

We do not clearly see what The Lord is doing with our lives. We want answers to the painful events that so impact us. But love limits what can be known. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

What's So Special About Being Special? - POTPOURRI

Out of the thousands that followed Jesus, He chose twelve to be with Him. Of those twelve He chose three to be eyewitnesses to many events that the others did not see. What's special about being special? Everything and nothing! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Give Me Your Dough ... Prosperity Gospel - POTPOURRI

The Prosperity Gospel has been around a  long time. "Ministries" come and go but their doctrine remains the same.  "God wants you to be wealthy, healthy, and happy."  Think of John the Baptist. He wasn't wealthy nor 'happy'.  He didn't have his health nor his head for very long!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, April 4, 2016

Stay In Your Lane! - VIGNETTE

Many years ago I was seconds behind a head-on collision .... Someone was in the wrong lane!  The wisdom of this advise will work in other areas of our lives, i.e., family, church, business, and government.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, April 1, 2016

Will The Circle Be Unbroken? - POTPOURRI

Many times, our hearts are lonely, longing for our loved-ones who have gone before. Is the family circle broken? What is the Link to an unbroken family circle?  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Nobody, Yet The Living One Sees Me! - VIGNETTE

Can you, perhaps, identify with Hagar who was unjustly and cruelly treated? Or perhaps, you identify with the Samaritan woman, whose life was a record of looking for love in all the wrong places? Both met Someone at a well, changing their lives in drastic ways. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, March 28, 2016

"Then The LORD said, 'Why Are You Crying Out To Me?'" - VIGNETTE

Disobedience, then blame God and others! How easy this is for humans to do!  Some of God's most dependable servants found themselves in this dilemma.   CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Friday, March 25, 2016

Great Expectations * Last Call * Last Sound - VIGNETTE

At the last call of the church age, what is the last sound, on earth, a born-again believer will hear? Great expectations!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

What Do You Feed Your Disappointments? - POTPOURRI

Whether we know it or not, we do feed our disappointments with something. if we feed it with sorrow, we will have blinding depression.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

"Happy Days Are Here Again" - POTPOURRI

Moses and his people had wrong expectations. We do too! But our expectations, by no means, obligates God to alter His plan and program!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Right Way Is Not Always An Easy Way - POTPOURRI

We often think an easy way is best and we're often in a hurry. But the Lord leads us in the Right Way.  "God's way may be harder for you but will be easier on you!" CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, March 14, 2016

Graduation Is Always A Day Away! - POTPOURRI

Do you realize that you are enrolled in the Lord's Seminary?  Well, you are if the Lord Jesus is your Savior. Moses was in God's school preparing him for ministry but Moses didn't have a clue for the first 80 years of his life!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Duck Feathers - POTPOURRI

It is fun to watch ducks swim in calm water. It’s even more interesting to watch them swim, unaffected by the pounding rain overhead. Knowing this, I’ve prayed, more than once, that the Lord would give me ‘Duck Feathers’ for my soul as I met with a cantankerous person!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, March 7, 2016

Sight Walkers - POTPOURRI

When I was a child, I was taught sight reading (as if I have to tell you!).  What a disadvantage this has been. Think Biblically about this example and ask yourself, “Am I a ‘sight’ walker or a ‘faith’ walker?”  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Charged Or Uncharged - POTPOURRI

I am always amazed at people who forget to charge their cell phones. They cannot communicate and the GPS doesn’t work. Take this thought and Think Biblically about living this day ‘charged’ or ‘uncharged’!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, February 29, 2016

Working With Yeast … Cold, Warm, Or Hot Water? – POTPOURRI

Yeast is a single-celled microorganism. To ‘proff’ yeast, sprinkle it over water, but at what temperature? The Bible pictures yeast (or leaven) as corruption, Evil and sin. Gotten into hot-water lately? This is a good thing, spiritual speaking. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Spiritual Senility!! Oh God, Bless MY Plans I Pray - VIGNETTE

Spiritual senility can happen at any age or stage in our walk with The Lord. Jacob had a bad case of this malady. May we not follow his example!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, February 22, 2016

When You Have Done ALL You Can Do – POTPOURRI

There comes a point in all our lives when we have done all we can do and can do no more, except trust The Lord and pray for our adult children.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Impossible - VIGNETTE

What do you believe? Was it possible that Joseph’s brother could have killed him? Was it possible that Reuben could have rescued him?  Was it possible that Moses could have been killed as an infant? Impossible!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

GUEST TEACHER: Run With Endurance

Dr. Raj Kripalani teaches in Clifton, Texas.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, February 15, 2016

King Cnut - POTPOURRI

This man became England’s first Danish King. He was deeply pious and well loved by his subjects. He had a huge problem though. His subjects thought him so powerful, like God, that he could stop the tide. He sure taught them a lesson!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Neglected And Forgotten - POTPOURRI

The elderly need so little, but they need that little so much. What does God say about our duty to the widows in our family? It is 'His sight" that matters most - not our excuses! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

"When I Use A Word, It Means ..." - POTPOURRI

Today, as never before, we need to be discerning. We must learn to watch the walk and see if the walk matches the talk. Character is seen not in words, but in deeds.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Breath And Speech - POTPOURRI

We all know one must have air-flow from the lungs in order to speak a word. What are words, but the verbal expression of our thoughts, mind, and hearts?  God speaks to us in His Word. It is "God-Breathed".  How else, but through His Word, could we ever know the thoughts, emotions, and activity of the God of heaven and earth? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, February 8, 2016

Faith Walks - Only 500 Miles To Go - VIGNETTE

What if your boss sent you on a 500 mile journey and of course, you would have to return, so that's another 500 miles. Doesn't sound too bad until you learn you must walk or ride a camel!  Would you remain faithful and trustworthy? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, February 4, 2016

What If You Were The Only Person On Earth? POTPOURRI

You could satisfy every desire for material possessions - they are yours for the taking. You could travel anywhere , live in luxury, or do anything you wanted. I wonder if comfort, pleasure, joy, or fun would be the result of this experience. I think not! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Learning To Walk In Trust - VIGNETTE

The believer never can, or ever did, come to a point in his walk when the Lord has nothing new to teach him ... deeper lessons about God, our lives, and a growing, living relationship with him. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Struck By Blindness - POTPOURRI

THIS VIGNETTE IS NOT FOR CHILDREN.   If you were doing something terrible and all of a sudden you were struck blind, would you not STOP your activity and cry out for help? These men did not! They 'wearied themselves trying to find the door"!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Reluctant Traveler - POTPOURRI

Lot wanted to make his own travel plans and had to be seized by his hand so he could escape the coming destruction. The doctrine of the Rapture of the church is a sudden snatching away of true believers BEFORE the coming wrath.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Are You Caught In The Spin-Cycle? VIGNETTE

The Lord deals with each of us in different ways, just as we do with our own children. Some people need a slight tweak to set them straight. Others are put in the spin-cycle because of stubbornness!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Oh, My Aching Feet! - VIGNETTE

When your feet hurt, you just hurt all over.  The pain is even worse if one's feet are diseased. Do you know anyone in the Bible that had this problem? What did he do?  Seek the Lord?  Absolutely NOT! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Flowers Are For The Living - POTPOURRI

There are literal flowers that we might give but this vignette is about flowers from the heart. Heart-flowers don't cost a penny! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Humanism 101 - VIGNETTE

Humanism is not a new 'ism."  It is as old as Genesis 3!  In this vignette, we are focusing on Genesis 4 and the account of Cain's humanistic heart.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN