Posts from April 2013

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by Ladd

“For we were once ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by men and hating one another; but when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, […]

Beyond Hope?

by Ladd

Paul wrote to the Galatians, “for you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it; and I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers.” Galatians 1: […]

Thread of Sanity

by Ladd

“And Joseph, a Levite of Cyprian birth, who was also called Barnabas by the apostles (which translated means, Son of Encouragement), and who owned a tract of land, sold it and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.” Acts 4: 36, 37 Barnabas is one of my favorite characters in the New […]

Into the Depths of the Sea

by Ladd

One of the most fascinating books in the Old Testament is the little book of Joel. Though only seventy-three verses in length, the book is a powerful testimony of God’s love and grace for those who trust in the Lord. Joel is trying to warn the Kingdom of Judah that disaster is about to fall […]

Dr. Death

by Ladd

Dr. Death, Jack Kevorkian was once asked at the National Press Club about his philosophical beliefs. His response was telling, “Yeah, it’s quite simple: absolute personal autonomy. I’m an absolute autonomist. Do and say whatever you want to do and say at any time you want to do or say it, as long as you […]


by Ladd

On April 15, 2013 someone set off two bombs that racked destruction amongst the spectators of the Boston Marathon. Three people died and over one hundred and seventy people were injured and a number of those injuries were so severe that they had to have limbs amputated. The first thing many of us ask when […]

The Outcast

by Ladd

“To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God I thank you that I am not like other […]

Live On…

by Ladd

Ruth’s mother peacefully passed away early Thursday (April 11) morning. Ruth sat with her during the last two days of her mother’s life, holding her hand and talking to her though we weren’t sure if she was hearing. Of all the struggles we go through in life, losing a loved one probably hurts the most. […]

God is Patient

by Ladd

Today I have to go into the city for a procedure on my kidney. It only takes thirty minutes, but it takes me an hour to drive there and an hour home. Then there is check in, prep, and recovery time.  The next thing you know the day is gone. Over the years I have […]


by Ladd

While reading in the Bible, the other night, I became reacquainted with one of the most encouraging verses in the Scripture. It’s a short verse, but has a lot of wisdom packed into it to help us on our spiritual journey.  The verse simply tells us, “rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it […]