Letters from Roscoe

Letters from Roscoe

Traveling down Sanctification Road

Traveling down Sanctification Road It’s been a while since I wrote to you.  Not that I haven’t tried, I have tried several times.  I would have what I thought was an inspiration, and before I knew it, the idea would fade away like a match reaching its end.  Or perhaps I would read it and come to the conclusion that I am preaching and I do not know near enough to do that.  So there are now several started but…

Answered Prayers

Answered Prayers What a great day it’s been! First, I couldn’t get into my car.  Seriously, I couldn’t get into my car.  I had the keys in my hand, the key turned in the lock but didn’t do anything.  Both key fobs seemed to be as dead as doornails . . .  what to do?  What to do?   I went to God’s house. When I got there I got to tell my praise. Last night at dinner, we had eaten…

The Changes in Me

The Changes in Me Something I do a lot is when I am walking and meeting people headed in the opposite direction, is I will say “Howdy!” I was doing this as we were walking the trail up to Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska.  I “Howdy’ed” every person we met along the trail and finally Cindy asked me “Why do you do that?  You’re not a cowboy.” I do it to get them to answer, to interact with me. Sometimes, my…

Tithes

Tithes I had never given tithes before. All of my life, I had been reluctant to tithe.  Mostly out of fear that we would need the money to pay some bill, or buy food till payday. When the offering plate would come around I would drop a five or a ten dollar bill in. But now, it’s different.  When we began going to Church at Highland Park that was my normal offering.  But as time went by, and my belief…

Welcome to Christians Grammar School!

Welcome to Christian Grammar School! To explain the title of this post is to admit that I am just now learning things that many of you have known for years.  But I am writing to you about it because there may be other knuckleheads like me that also can’t see the forest for the trees.  So if there’s a chance that someone will get a little closer to God because of something I took the time to write, then I…

What goes around . . .

What goes around . . . Whenever I go to the grocery store or someplace with grocery carts, as I am walking in I look for anyone finishing up with their cart.  If I see someone, I will offer to take it for them.  I’m just trying to be a ‘good’ person. I’ve been doing this for some time now.  Sometimes I will see someone struggling with getting their purchase into their vehicle.  I offer to help and it is…

The Contumacious Child

The Contumacious Child   As a Christian in Training it was bound to happen sooner or later. It did.  Let me tell you about it.  When you were young did you ever do something that your parents told you not to do?  And then did you do it while they were watching you?  Almost daring you to cross the line? And then you did it. That willfulness in a five dollar and twenty-five cent word is called ‘contumacious’.  It means…

I’ve been Raised!

I’ve been Raised!   The old adage goes ‘It takes a Village to raise a Child’  . . .  but it can also be said that ‘It takes a Church to raise a Christian.’ Believe me I know. Recently, at altar call, I watched a man literally run down the aisle to the altar.  A tear broke free and ran down my cheek as I watched him reach the altar and fall down to pray. I am a Christian. I…

Sarah

Sarah A few weeks ago my youngest sister’s grandmother passed away after a brief illness. She was ninety-five years old. For personal reasons I had always kept my relationship with her and the rest of her family at arm’s length, I just never allowed myself to become ‘close’ to her or her family. Because of that I missed really coming to know a very good person, actually several good people. And it is entirely my loss. While we were traveling…

Burnt out . . . ?  Really?

Burnt out . . . ?  Really? Do you ever just get tired and just say ‘I don’t feel like praying today.’  ‘I’m tired, I’m just gonna get caught up on Facebook instead.’  Lately, I’ve felt that burnt out feeling.  I know I shouldn’t feel that way, but I do.  I have no reason for it, and I should certainly be ashamed of it. I am ashamed of it. Did you ever notice that some of the kindest, happiest, humblest,…

But it’s such a BIG world!

But it’s such a BIG world! I read a quote recently that really intrigued me.  Especially if you place it alongside what our Pastor said the other day, I’ll paraphrase because my memory is kind of like my wallet.  Full of holes.  He said, “We should be like Christ in everything that we do, and we should be like that all the time.” And the quote that I read was this: “The man who lives in a small community lives…

The Two Sides of the Coin

The Two Sides of the Coin   Lately I have been thinking on the idea that the path to building your faith in God is like the two sides of a coin. One side is labeled ‘Pride’ the other is labeled ‘Humility’.  You cannot be prideful and be Humble at the same time.  Matthew 23:12 KJV, Jesus said, “And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted.” In order to seek Christ I…