Showing posts from November, 2010

Living a Legacy

Today I had the privilege of teaching the conclusion of the Ruth Bible study at Second Baptist Church West campus written by Kelly Minter.  The theme of this study is "Love, Loss and Legacy." I taught from Psalm chapter 1 on how to live a legacy: Be firmly planted where God leads you in each season of life. Be firmly fixed on Christ and God’s Word. Be strengthened, not blown away, by the buffeting of the winds of life. I shared the journey of my dear friend Tina, a modern day Ruth, who by the age of 31 had suffered the loss of a husband and young daughter. She is living a legacy, and I am thankful to witness it. This is her story in her own words: The story of Ruth is a beautiful picture of how God reaches into a life filled with tragedy to offer guidance, encouragement, provision, and above all, love. It reminds me of His redemptive power in my own life. No matter what comes my way, God remains faithful. Newly married, we were so young and so carefree. I often

An Honor to Serve

This week George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, released his new book Decision Points , an "extraordinary memoir." As Governor of Texas, he contributed a writing titled On Family Values to the book released in 2000,  Forever Texas: Texas, The Way Those Who Lived It Wrote It: ...while the world may be changing dramatically , remember that families are the backbone of our society.  Families must endure.  In our families we find love and we learn the compassionate values essential to make us good citizens of the world.  When the time comes for you to start your own families, I hope each and every one of you will strive to build not just a house, but a home.  It takes hard work and dedication-just ask your parents.  But home is where our hearts find peace, and home is where our dreams take wing. Government can hand out money, but it cannot put hope in our hearts or a sense of purpose in our lives.  A successful career can put a fancy car in the driveway, b