All Creation Sings



The heavens tell of His glory;
Trees lift their branches in worship.
Rocks cry out in praise to His name,
And mountains raise their heads
In lofty adoration.
The stars, the earth, the roaring seas,
Gleaming lakes and rushing rivers.
All creation sings.

All creation speaks of His greatness,
His mercy, and love.
And there is nowhere
That He cannot be known.

Not just by sight,
But by faith,
With your heart,
You will see,
You will understand
That there is a God,
And Him so divine,
Clothed in splendor and might,
He who made you and all that is.
All creation sings.






LBT 2/2009


As a Christian, do you really believe what you say you believe and are you committed to it, no matter what may come?


Hebrews 3:14 (NIV, 2011)

14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.

Hebrews 3:14 (NKJV)

14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end.

The English words “conviction” and “confidence” come from a Greek word that means “that which stands, foundation.” It’s a quality of confidence or conviction which leads the Christian to stand under, endure, or undertake anything.

Do we really believe what we say we believe to the point that we’re willing to endure or undertake anything? Think about what Paul undertook and what he endured. Think about the other apostles. We have a book written by a friend who is an artist. The book contains copies paintings he did portraying the apostles. He included a narrative about each one including a description of what probably eventually happened to each of them. We have a relative who read that book. Afterward, that person stated, “Why would anyone want to be an apostle or disciple?” Back in January, 1956, 5 missionaries were murdered in Ecuador by members of a primitive tribe they had attempted to reach with the gospel. When the news reached the outside world, there were a lot of people who volunteered for the mission field. The wife of one and the sister of another took the gospel to that group of people. Why? Here’s a quote from one of those missionaries named Jim Elliot: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

Eph. 6:10-18

Jude 3 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.

Rev. 2:10 Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.

Rev. 12:11 they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death

Matthew 11:12 (NKJV) And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. (NIV 1984) From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing and forceful men lay hold of it.

The Greek of this verse is difficult to translate, so there are various interpretations. It can mean that the church, i.e. Christians will suffer persecution and Satan will try to defeat the church. But Jesus said that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matt. 16:18). It implies that following and serving Jesus requires spiritual courage, faithfulness to the Lord, the power of the Holy Spirit, and determination. We must seek ways—strategies—to advance the gospel knowing that we will face opposition. The kingdom of God is a powerful movement that requires us to be strong and somewhat radical. We must be willing to present the gospel with complete abandonment, not caring what happens to ourselves. That means that we must know and be convinced of what we believe as Christians based on what the word of God says and hold to those beliefs to the very end.

The State of our Nation


The good old US of A is in a world of hurt. She’s on a slippery slope. She has slipped from her mooring and has taken a tack on a treacherous sea. If she continues on that course, she will become adrift, flounder and may sink.

She is in a moral decline. What was once considered immoral is now accepted as moral and those who practice the “new” morality are applauded and even considered courageous. Those who are charged with our protection are often chastised for doing their jobs. Sure, they make mistakes. So do we all. What would we do if faced with the possibility of physical harm or death to ourselves or others? What if all our law enforcement personnel went on strike and refused to do their jobs? It would result in chaos and anarchy and our nation would be vulnerable to attack by those who have pledged to destroy the “Great Satan.”

This nation was founded on Biblical principles. Whether or not you believe that doesn’t make it untrue. Our founding fathers were not perfect, but they recognized that if our nation stopped following the principles of the Bible, she would fall. Rome fell from within, from moral decay. Our great nation is headed the same way unless “we the people” do something about it. Many of our elected officials are only interested in advancing their own agendas and “feathering their own nests” with little regard for the welfare or wishes of their constituents. The parties are so divided, they accomplish very little. By the way, how many more laws do we need, anyway? If the income tax code is any indication, there are thousands. Has anyone checked to see if any of them conflict with each other? Do our representatives really read them before they pass them?

Call me a radical. Call me a religious nut. Call me whatever you want, but “we the people” must use our voices, our phones, our pens, and our computers to let our elected leaders know we are not happy with the state of our nation. And they must be held accountable for their actions, or lack of action, or be removed, from the White House to the State house.

And for those of us who are Christians, we must pray for a revival, for a great awakening to take place in the churches of America. The Bible says that “judgment begins at the house of God” (1 Peter 4:17), i.e. we must get our lives straight with God and live our lives in accordance with His commands, with His Holy Bible. And we must pray for ourselves, each other and our nation (2 Chronicles 7:14).

The United States is the greatest nation in history. My heart still swells and I get a lump in my throat when Old Glory passes by and when I hear or sing our national anthem. She has enjoyed God’s blessings for more than 239 years. She still is the greatest nation on earth despite opinions to the contrary. If not, why do people from all over the world pay thousands of dollars and still risk their lives to come here? She’s the greatest place in the world to live, even with all her moral problems. But if she doesn’t get turned around morally, will there be a beacon of hope for the “huddled masses”?

(“Us flag with eagle” by Mightymights – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

life is an adventure


life is an adventure


Because of my career in Natural Resource Management, my wife and I have lived in a variety of places in the Western US, mostly small towns.  We’ve been married for more than 52 years and have had many grand times.  I would not have wanted to spend that time with any other person.  She is truly my best friend and soul mate, and we love each other deeply.  We’ve had our ups and downs, but overall, we have been on an adventure and it is not over yet.  

My desire as a teenager and a young man was to leave the plains and live and work in the mountains, in that order.  As a result, we’ve been blessed to live in and around the Rocky Mountains for most of the last 39 years.  

One of our most memorable experiences was moving from a small town in Idaho to Los Angeles to go to school.  We were in our mid-forties and changing careers.   It was a shock to move from a predominantly English-speaking culture to one where many languages were spoken.  It was also a shock to move from a town of 3,300 to a city of millions with long lines at the post office and grocery stores and hours at the DMV to get a driver’s license. 

We lived just a few blocks off Sunset Boulevard where most of the businesses had bars on their doors and windows.  There were bars on the door and windows of our apartment.  Police helicopters flew overhead many nights of the week. 

But after a month, we began to adapt and drive like everyone else.  There was a saying back then that you’re either the “Quick or the dead.”  We learned how to get around the freeways and streets.  To support ourselves, my wife worked in Hollywood teaching ESL and I also worked in Hollywood as a custodian.  As a result of her job, we got to know and associate with people from many different countries.  We loved it and still do greatly enjoy associating with people from other cultures.  There were also many in the school we attended. 

When our schooling was complete, we would have been content to stay and work in LA, but we knew we were headed back to the Rocky Mountains.  Since that time, we’ve been privileged to travel overseas several times to parts of Asia and Central and South America.  We also lived and taught conversational English in South Korea for a time. 

Life for us has and is an adventure.  Many people don’t get the opportunities we’ve had.  But, no matter what one does, life can still be an adventure.  Part of it is attitude and our responses to circumstances.  Life is not always kind to many people, and it’s understandable that it may not be an adventure for them.  But I’ve found that, despite some hard times, my blessings far out number the hardships I’ve experienced.   And, I’m a natural pessimist, but I’ve discovered that it’s better to be an optimist no matter what happens.



There’s been quite a bit of news in recent years about bullying.  No one likes a bully. Most people hide from them and do everything they can to avoid them.  Others fight back, which may end the problem.

The world is full of bullies.  In my opinion, Vladimir Putin is a bully, sending Russian military into the Ukraine.  Of course, I do not know all the particulars of the situation.  But, on the surface, it appears to be bullying.

Saddam Hussein was a bully.  Asad is a bully. 

It’s my observation that we here in America are being bullied on many fronts.  We’re being bullied by leaders who think they know best what’s good for our nation.  They pass laws and issue edicts that have no basis in common sense or in the will of the people.  They ignore their constituents.  Those leaders act more like kindergarteners than rational and mature adults. 

We’re being bullied by people who don’t like the laws that are passed by a majority of the people.  The opposing forces find a judge favorable to their position who rules the law unconstitutional.  The issue is then tied up in court for years.

We’re being bullied by those who want to throw out the moral standards that have stood the test of time for centuries.  Adherence to those standards has made America strong and great.  But we’re being bullied to accept the notion that America is the bully and the aggressor instead of the great benefactor.  If America was the bully, we would have wiped Japan and Germany “off the map,” so to speak, instead of helping them rebuild their countries and get a new start.  Our moral standards have been the foundation of America’s strength and freedoms which has made her the envy of people around the world.  Why else would people risk their lives and sometimes pay thousands of dollars to come here illegally?

We’re being bullied to accept the notion that other creatures and organisms are more important than the welfare of the human race, that we humans are the interlopers on the earth.  We are to be good stewards of the earth’s precious resources, the environment.  But we must strike a proper balance between conserving the environment and the care and welfare of people. 

These bullies are small in number, but loud and noisy.  America is being held hostage by them. The many are being ruled by the few.  And we walk in fear of them.  We’re afraid to say anything because we might offend someone.  We’re afraid to take a stand because we probably be challenged or taken to court. 

The bullies have changee the social and moral fabric of our nation, and now America is on a downhill slide.  She is on a slippery slope from which she may not recover.  If she continues down that slope, she will become like a lot of third-world countires(Is that a politically correct term?)—mass unemployment, poverty, social and political upheaval, violence, terrorism, rampant crime, killer diseases.  The list could go on and on. 

America has been the greatest nation in history.  It is still the best place to live despite all its problems.  But we—the majority—must awaken from our complacency and apathy and do what we can to get our nation back on the right track.  We need a moral and spiritual revolution. 

That doesn’t mean that we bully the bullies.  They have a right to be heard.  But once the majority votes a just decision, let that be the end of it.  The decision may need refined or amended from time to time, but let it be done in an orderly fashion and decently by the people and not through the courts. 

Of course, there will always be those who are never satisfied, no matter what. 




The opening ceremony for the Sochi Olympic Games was great, except for the glitch with the one Olympic ring.  Mr. Putin and the Russian people should be proud of what they’ve accomplished.  I’ve always enjoyed watching those ceremonies, to see the athletes from all the different countries come in.  It’s a true parade of nations.  It would be nice someday to attend one in person, but that is not likely.  Having been a skier myself, it’s fun to watch the skiing competitions.  But the ice skating is always nice, too.


I read that there were some complaints about the accommodations.  As an American, I can say that we are very spoiled.  My wife and I have traveled and lived in other parts of the world.  You just have to know that it’s not America, adjust and enjoy the experience.


I’m always impressed by the dedication, determination, loyalty, pride and patriotism of the athletes, especially those from the U.S.  They are the best their country has to offer, not only as athletes, but as citizens.  There is amazing unity in the diversity that is represented by these fine people.  As the head of IOC implied in his speech, the nations of the world could learn a thing or two from these Olympians of the world.  In the midst of a terrorized world, these games can be a symbol of the peace that is so desperately needed.  May God protect all those is Sochi, and may they have a great time whether they win any medals or not.



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