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“Words in Red”

It was a very unpleasant sight. I almost hated the days when I would get my graded tests back on my desk in elementary. Because you see, it was covered in red ink. The teacher who at that time I thought to be so mean, and so strict, continued to mark out answer after answer on my papers. She would write in the margins “Troy, you can do better than this” or “Troy, would your mother be pleased with this?” I hated those days.

You see, this teacher was a member of the Church. She knew my parents well, and she knew the standard that my parents had set for me. Whenever she would see me slacking off, or not giving my all, she would challenge me, she would “get on to me” because she knew my parents would not be pleased. And she wanted me to grow, and wanted what was best for me, even if what was best for me was a little punishment. Today, I love this woman with all of my heart. She taught me a lot about life. She taught me a lot about work ethic. She taught me… a lot about Jesus.

Everyday, I open my new testament only to find, words in red. You see, these beautiful words of red are not always what I want to hear. But it is always what I need to hear. Within those words of red, are instructions, encouragement, challenges, and commandments. Many times we get caught up into thinking that scripture is nothing more than a list of “Thou shall not’s ” and it can seem burdensome on our hearts if we view this Holy Book in this way. A better way to view these words, is that these are words of love coming from the “good teacher” (Mark 10:17)

We read these words in red, and we are left with a choice. We can choose to disregard these words as “too hard” or maybe “outdated”. Or we choose to allow them to give us light along our way (psalm 119:105) Every time I read from these words in red, it exposes my error. Every time I read from these words in red, I hear “Troy, you can do better than this”. Every time I read from these words in red, I hear “Troy, would your heavenly Father be pleased with this?” As I will be forever grateful to my elementary teacher, and her persistence in correcting me, and training me, I will be eternally grateful for the “Words in red” that day by day guide my life, just a little closer to home.

Psalm 1:2- “but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.”

In Him,


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Posted by on October 27, 2010 in Uncategorized


What happened to our time?


Just the other day, I was out in the yard playing with Jacy. Having a good time, trying to teach her how to ride her tricycle. After hours of this I insisted that she was ready to try it without the training wheels, finally she gave in. After a few bumps and bruises she got the hang of it and did just fine. “Let’s go in and eat” I said to her because I knew Meagan would have dinner ready. She went inside, and got cleaned up. As she came out for dinner, she reminded me that her Fiancée was coming over for dinner on Friday night. I told her I remembered. As I began to picture what our family was about to become, with My daughter getting married, and starting her own family….

I woke up from my nightmare to find my precious little girl, still 3 months old! But it has definitely been a fast 3 months! I began thinking about all the time I spend watching tv (football) I began thinking about all the time I spend when I’m with her, and all the time I spend when I’m not..  In our busy world today, as children, parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and so on, we must ask ourselves, “Are we making the best use of our time?”

Ephesians 5:15-16- ” Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”

Children, you will  only be this age ONCE! Make the most of it! You will never be able to influence young people your age for the good, better than you can right now!

Parents, time flies! Life is short! We only have our precious children in our homes for a short time! Are we making the BEST use of our time? To answer this question, ask yourself this one… Do the words in Deut 6:6-9 describe my relationship with my children? 

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. ”

In Him,


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Posted by on October 25, 2010 in Uncategorized


“carrying the cross”

In recent months I have been blessed by many things. I have a beautiful baby girl. I have a loving wife. I have the best “job” in the world! Aside from the daily blessings that God continues to send my way, one thing that has blessed my life recently is the opportunity to read blogs from fellow preachers/close friends. I do not consider myself much of a writer, nor do I profess to be very thoughtful. However, as I read Luke 9:23- “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me”  I struggle with digging deep inside me to truly “carry my cross” daily. As I read the inspiring, insightful, beautiful blogs of those who encourage me, my hope, my prayer is that I might in some way help someone else carry their cross.

in Him,

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Posted by on October 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

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