“A Friend Asks”, Youth Suicide Epidemic

There is a “Silent Epidemic” sweeping through our nation.  It knows no social, racial, or economic barriers.  This “Silent Epidemic” is youth suicide.  Suicide claims an average of more than 100 young lives each week in our nation.   The Jason Foundation has produced a free, downloadable app to help prevent youth suicide.  Check it out.

“A Friend Asks” App

40 Days of Reconciliation: Day 20 SHAME

Reading for today Psalm 71 and John 7:53-8:11 Let’s get this out of the way right up front. I’m late writing this devo. It’s 5:45AM when I am starting it. I’m usually long finished and it’s on its way through the magical internet by now. I went to a Chonda concert in Bowling Green last… Continue Reading

Mike Courtney’s 40 Days of Reconciliation Day 7 “Shame”

Reading for today: Psalm 58 and John 4:1-20, 39-42 John throws in little, seemingly random, bits of information that later come back to change the whole tenor of the story. Five loaves and two fishes. Two more days. 5000 people. In this story, it’s time. He says, “It was about noon.” Jesus and his entourage… Continue Reading

I Don’t Trust Anybody Who Doesn’t Walk With a Limp

Genesis 32, Psalm 32, Acts 8 Ok. I got a little long today. Sorry about that. I love this story. This is the opening chapter of that next book I have threatened to write. When I was a freshman in high school I wrestled in the 98 pound weight class. You had to weigh between… Continue Reading

The Perfect J

About this time of the new year I am remembering again what a louse I am. The New Year’s Resolutions are starting to wane. I said I would run a 1000 miles this year and I haven’t been to the gym in a week. Looks like I’ll be running 40 miles a day in June… Continue Reading

The Jag

The Jag

In May of 2005 Doris and I were still putting the pieces back together from the STUPID chapters of my life. I had been to the clinic about a year before. God had done a miracle in us and for us. We were back together, learning to do marriage and life a whole new way.… Continue Reading

Curse You Fiery Gizzard!

Curse You Fiery Gizzard!

This weekend my friend Wayne and I backpacked the Fiery Gizzard Trail on the Cumberland Plateau near Monteagle, Tennessee. It is both breathtakingly beautiful and gut-wrenching brutal. We hiked 17.5 miles over the 2 days, 13.5 the first day and 4 the second. We slept (and I use that word generously) in the middle of… Continue Reading

We Are Moving!

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow! You have been wonderful. Our building fund has made the difference and last month we signed the contract to purchase a new building at 1102 Dow St. in Murfreesboro. It is a beautiful building, almost 1/2 again as large as our current location with 36 parking spaces as… Continue Reading

Day 2: Follow the Ways of the Wisemen

SACRIFICIAL Follow the Ways of the Wisemen. Matthew 2:1-12 Okay, I want you to imagine for a minute that it is your birthday. You send out invitations and invite all of your friends over. You make a big sheet cake for everyone to eat and a beautiful, decorated three layer cake with the appropriate number… Continue Reading

Day 1: Have a Holy, Healthy Holiday

A few weeks ago we took Jakson, our 3 year old grandson to the mall to see someone special. It was the Saturday after Thanksgiving and the holly and twinkling lights decked the halls and every store in the place was alive with shoppers, clerks and a red and green sale signs. We got there… Continue Reading