The Closing of the American Mind, Allan Bloom

“Every educational system has a moral goal that it tries to attain and that informs its curriculum. It wants to produce a certain kind of human being.” – Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind “Thus, the failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency—the belief that…

Fear Paralyzes

The devastating consequences of fear have often been underestimated as only affecting those who share the fear. However, we read in Scripture that when Israel went out to war, the men who were fearful were sent back. (Judges 7) This morning, as I was sleeping contentedly in bed, I was jolted awake by my eighty-pound…

Missionary Mindset

I’ve been spending much of my reading time lately on missionary biographies, and have been amazed over and over again at God’s faithfulness in their lives. It has been a blessing to read of the trials, hardships, and victories that each of these men and women endured, but also of their way of thinking of…

Look Not to Yourselves

Look not to yourselves! You are by nature wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked; you cannot make atonement for your past transgressions, you cannot wipe out a single page in that long black list. And when the King shall ask you for your wedding garment you will be speechless. Look simply unto Jesus, and then…

Fill My Cup to Overflowing, Lord

“You say, ‘I wish my cup would run over!’  What are you doing with it?  ‘I am trying to empty it of my old sins.’  That will not make it run over.  ‘I have been washing it with my tears.’  That will not make it run over.  Do you know the only way of having…

The Value of Christ

Philippians 3:7-8 – “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worthy of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may…

Sin vs. Cancer

“If only we were as scared of sin as we are of cancer. Cancer only robs years from a dying body. Sin robs the soul of life for eternity.” – Michael Lederman

Promises

Proverbs 3:3-8: “Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In…

Transitions

As I read the latest Miracle Mountain Ranch Box Cross: Lew’s Lines article on transitions, I understood more how faithful God has been to me in the past six months since leaving the Ranch. As some of you know, my second year at the Ranch was also full of transitions, but the process of coming…

Rainbows

I spent all afternoon teaching riding lessons in an indoor arena, and when I walked out there was a brilliant full rainbow contrasted against dark clouds. The picture was taken from my phone, so its poor quality, but the sight was breathtaking. As I drove away, “into the rainbow,” I was overwhelmed by the understanding…