Day 16

Today’s Readings Genesis 31:17-32:12 Matthew 10:24-11:6 Psalm 13:1-6 Proverbs 3:16-18 I have been touched by the epidemic this year of anxiety and depression in my own household. It is paralyzing and causes fear, worry, and the inability to do anything productive. I have been slow to arrive at this new scourge that has become a […]

Day 15

Today’s Readings Genesis 31:17-32:12 Matthew 10:24-11:6 Psalm 13:1-6 Proverbs 3:16-18 I have been touched by the epidemic this year of anxiety and depression in my own household. It is paralyzing and causes fear, worry, and the inability to do anything productive. I have been slow to arrive at this new scourge that has become a […]

Day 14

Today’s Readings Genesis 30:1-31:16 Matthew 10:1-23 Psalm 12:1-8 Proverbs 3:13-15 There are so many interesting stories in today’s readings. Jacob has many children with his wives and their maidservants. Having children with maidservants is an interesting topic, but we will not explore it here. However, I would be safe to say that should Mrs. Freese […]

Day 13

Today’s Readings Genesis 28:1-29:35 Matthew 9:18-38 Psalm 11:1-7 Proverbs 3:11-12 Are there any young men or women who would wait for seven years for the one they love? Or wait another seven years for that same person? Delayed gratification is on display in today’s Old Testament story. 16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of […]

Day 12

Today’s Readings Genesis 26:17-27:46 Matthew 9:1-17 Psalm 10:16-18 Proverbs 3:9-10 In yesterday’s reading, we read how Jacob stole the birthright of Esau for a bowl of stew. While Esau was complicit in his own failure, today it appears that Jacob and his mother, Rebekah, used deceit and treachery to steal from Esau something that was […]

Day 11

Today’s Readings Genesis 24:52– 26:16 Matthew 8:18-34 Psalm 10:1-15 Proverbs 3:7-8 As I read today’s selections I see such a connection between these Scriptures for myself.  In our Genesis reading Esau comes in from hunting and is starving.  Jacob (ever the conniver) offers to give him some stew if he sells his birthright.  As I […]

Day 10

Today’s Readings Genesis 23:1– 24:51 Matthew 8:1/17 Psalm 9:13-20 Proverbs 3:1-6 I know a man who is very successful by the world’s standards.  He has money, property and owns a large oil company here in West Texas.  He loves to hunt and fish and has bought thousands of acres of land to build habitats for […]

Day 9

Today’s Readings Genesis 20:1– 22: Matthew 7:15-29 Psalm 9:1-12 Proverbs 2: 16-22 I grew up all over the USA: Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, California and finally Denver.  My fondest memories of my childhood are my days in Stoughton, Wisconsin.  We lived in a simple house with no fences in the backyard.  This was great for football […]

Day 8

Today’s Readings Genesis 18: 16– 19: 38 Matthew 6: 25– 7: 14 Psalm 8: 1-9 Proverbs 2: 6-15 I often worry about things that I cannot control, like the weather and what others think.  I can control neither, yet often I find myself wondering and worrying.  If I do this what will that person think? […]

Day 7

Today’s Readings: Genesis 16: 1– 18: 15 Matthew 6: 1-24 Psalm 7: 1-17 Proverbs 2: 1-5 Today I read about Ishmael and the coming of Isaac.  Ishmael and Isaac are both from the same father, Abram and then Abraham, but of two mothers, Hagar and Sarai, or Sarah later.  This appears to be the classic […]

A Great Book

I just read this book and I commend it to you.  The author describes how he grew up in a fundamental Christian home and lived to tell about it.  He does an excellent job of weaving together his life with what the church was doing in his life, or maybe to his life, and how […]

HAPPY EASTER

On this the most holy of days, from my family to yours, we wish you a very Happy Easter.  On this day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus the Christ who died so that we may have life. I hope you celebrate today with reverance toward Christ, love to your family and hope to what […]

Our Visit to Mid – Cities

MID CITIES Today we visited a large church, Mid-Cities Community Church,  midway between Odessa and Midland, Texas.  It is a beautiful church, done in old European style.  You enter in through a foyer passing a round statue and sitting area just outside the doors.  You are greeted by several folks (a bit overdone) wishing you […]

Church Shopping

And so it begins – church shopping. We left the church we were attending and where I had been a pastor for a variety of reasons. The worst part about leaving a church is finding a new one. Will the church have a warm feeling? Will we like the pastor? Will the music be good? […]

Slumdog Millionare a Winner

I just saw this year’s best picture. I wasn’t expecting what I saw, it was excellent. The images of the slums of India are striking! The director does an excellent job of making one feel as if they are there in the slum yourself, it was depressing. I recommend the picture to anyone old enough […]

Religion – Illusion? Or Something Else?

I’m reading an interesting book entitled, Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson. It is a book about a preacher during the 1950’s who is in his 70’s and been diagnosed with a heart ailment and his time is short. He married late in life and had a son who is seven years old. He decides to write […]

Farewell

Todd and Melissa have decided to leave OSLC, listen to this podcast for more information and please leave a comment.

Farewell from Todd and Melissa

Missy and have been praying, talking, thinking and seeking much counsel as to what to do: do we continue at OSLC or do we move on? Well, today our decision was made very clear. We will leave OSLC and move on to wherever God may be calling us. There are so many reasons that played […]