This Is What Happens When You Reminisce About Good Times Past

Thankfully, Sweet T and I are at the age where we can look back and joyfully recall our childhood memories while commenting about how much times have changed since way back when. So it’s not unusual for me to find myself reminiscing about good times past.

Sweet T and I dig kicking back and binging on Netflix and we love watching movies. We talk a lot about current events and what’s going on in the world. Thanks to my 6th grade teacher Mrs. Williams (shout out to J.H. Moore Elementary!), I’m a bit of a news junkie. She urged all of her students to make a habit of reading the paper and watching the evening news (which was way more limited than it is today). Thankfully, T appreciates my news habit and indulges my penchant for docu-dramas. (FYI, if you haven’t watched it yet, check out Cuba Gooding Jr. portraying O.J. Simpson in ‘The People vs. O.J. Simpson’).


Growing up in the Ark-La-Tex, I remember that we only had three channels, not counting PBS. The national news came on at 5:30 p.m., followed by the local news at 6. Walter Cronkite and Harry Reasoner were among the nightly staples, along with the local news pros like Al Pierce, Liz Swaine,  Al Bolton, and Bob Griffin. And who can forget the legendary Bill Moyers? Credibility and accuracy in reporting seemed to be more valued back then. Getting it right mattered.

The pressure of today’s 24-7-365 competitive information jungle has elevated being first above getting it right. As one of my old RTV professors observed back in the 80s–“It’s about ratings.” Ratings drive advertising. Advertising drives revenues. Viewers drive both. If we don’t watch, ratings decline, advertisers bail. That’s the case even more today than back then. But regardless of the age you live in, truth and accuracy matter.

A Clip from Bill Moyers ‘Growing Up in Marshall, Texas’

As a kid, there were a number of shows that were mainstays like ‘The Andy Griffith Show’, ‘The Rifleman‘, and ‘Bonanza’. The stories were not only entertaining but also taught life lessons. In those days, the good guys still won and people understood the difference between right and wrong. I find the best stories entertain and edify us.

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If you’re anywhere near my age, you’ll remember ABC’s ‘Schoolhouse Rock.’ The animated short made learning reading, writing, arithmetic, and science fun. The program, on-air originally from 1973-1985 and revived in the 90s for a second tour of duty, celebrates the 45th anniversary of its debut this year. The toe-tapping, sing-a-long taught us civics, history and much more. I can’t help but think it’s definitely a show whose multi-faceted lessons we seem to be missing today.

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Along my journey, I’ve learned that faith and science are not mortal opposites, but complement each other. I can be a person of faith and reason simultaneously.  Learning math, science, and how to read and write is critical to living excellently. Growing in our understanding of the Word of God helps us maneuver the trials and trails of life. To me, it’s more of a both/and rather than either/or. The wonders of science cause me to marvel at the work of God, not question it.

Keeping up with what’s going in the world is important. At the same time, having faith—believing in something greater than ourselves— is critical. Without hope, we remain lost.

Over the centuries, storytelling has served our civilization well. Stories teach, explore, and illuminate the world around us—present, past, and future. Once upon a time, people relied on oral storytelling, verbally handing down history and sharing current events. In our modern 21st century, we have more means to communicate at our disposal than ever before in history. Yet, at times, we talk right past each other.

I hope we remember to use these tools to tell stories that are important and pass along valuable lessons as a new generation comes of age. Stories teach us about who we were, who we are, and who we can be. Good stories teach us while making us laugh, cheer, scream, and cry. It’s why God gave them to us. And God should know. After all, when it comes to crafting a story, no one is better than the Lord.


What’s your story? Tell it.

You can catch more of episodes of ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ here.

There is a God and He Loves You

The world received news that early Wednesday morning God called the Reverend Billy Graham home. A giant of the faith whose sharing of the Gospel to over 215 million people who attended one of his more than 400 Crusades is unparalleled in modern times. Truthfully, only Jesus’ ministry reached more people.

Whereas God used Paul to spread the Gospel through the written Word, He clearly used Graham to spread the Gospel through the spoken Word. Graham shared biblical truth and the Good News of Jesus all over planet Earth. Through his evangelistic rallies, Reverend Graham exposed people to the saving work of Jesus in more than 185 countries. He delivered the message of a loving God who gave His son so that all who believed in Him might experience eternal life. Graham did this through TV, video, film, the internet and 34 books. He is known to be a humble and gracious man whose private walk matched his public talk. While it is unlikely that there will ever be another evangelist to reach hearers with the Gospel in the magnitude Reverend Graham did will certainly reap the fruit from the seeds of faith he faithfully sowed for generations to come.


“I guarantee that you can know peace with God, peace of soul, peace of mind, and joy such as you have never experienced.”
– Billy Graham

Steps To Peace

The good news is, that although the Lord has called this faithful minister of the Word home, the message of love and hope that Reverend Graham preached remains as true today as yesterday and it will remain true tomorrow. There is a God and He loves you.

We live in a world full of hurt and heartache. Honestly, apart from Jesus Christ, no man is fully equipped to change the brokenness of this life. Only with Christ and Christ alone can you and I be saved.

You and I are born sinners, separated from a holy God who loves us immensely. In fact, God loved us so much that He gave His son as an atoning sacrifice to pay the debt for our sins and pave a path of reconciliation to Him for us. Scripture makes clear that anyone who calls Jesus by name, recognizing Him as their Lord and Savior, will receive the gift of eternal life—-life in the presence of God, forever.

I have no doubt that God welcomed the Reverend Graham with the words “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” He wants to say that to you too. So if you haven’t already, I urge you, give your life to Christ and let Jesus welcome you home.

Thank you, Rev. Billy Graham.

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Read Reverend Billy Graham’s Official Obituary here.

Andrew Peterson-“Well Done, Good and Faithful”

10 Powerful Keys Proven to Stop Discouragement from Destroying your Life

Discouragement is a tool the Devil uses to derail your confidence and destroy your life. Discouragement breeds discontent and doubt. It misdirects you, steering you away from the plan God has for you.

Recall the Serpent’s conversation with Eve in the Garden?  He shifted Eve’s attention on God’s one prohibition, suggesting God did not actually want what was best for Adam and Eve.

The serpent said to the woman, “Surely you will not die, for God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will open and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  Genesis 3:4-5 (NET)

He sought to discourage her by suggesting that God, who she thought was for her and for Adam,  was really withholding something from them that was good. The Tempter tried to convince her that God was selfish and acting in His own best interest, not theirs. That’s how discouragement seeps in.

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We find ourselves feeling like God’s plan for us is too difficult or not in our best interest. Nothing could be further from the Truth.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 (ESV)

Discouraged? Do something about it! Believers, we are not powerless. Here are 10 Powerful Keys Proven to Stop Discouragement from Destroying your Life:

  1. Start with prayer. God hears you. He knows your pain. Are you willing to hand your burdens over to Him and let Him show you the way? Enunciate your problem out loud and let God take it from there. Recognize you’re powerless over it. It’s got you. Give it over to Him.
  2. Read, meditate, and memorize Scripture. God’s Word has power. It’s not just words on paper. Find Scripture that addresses what is discouraging you. Read Scripture that reaffirms God’s Love and Hope and purpose for your life. Having lived life on Earth, Jesus fully understands the weight our trials and tribulations bear on us. God’s Word is a powerful tool intended to shield us and an a strong weapon forged for the battles the Lord knows we face in our natural realm.
  3. Search your soul. It may be time for one of those dark nights of the soul. Be honest. Listen closely. Remember God have us two eyes two ears and one mouth for a reason. We should listen more than we talk. Don’t forget. The Lord journeys with us. He goes wherever we go. He will not leave us nor forsake us.
  4. Be still and wait. Don’t rush off. We tend to tell God stuff and then run off without waiting to hear an answer. Who does that? Truthfully, I know I do. Odds are you do too. Give God time to respond. Too often, we’re in a hurry and we enter our conversation with the Lord and drop off a request or concern without sticking around for an answer.
  5. Network. Connect with other like-minded people passionate about your area of interest. Desire to help the homeless? Then venture beyond your suburban comforts and go where people are doing the work you want to do. Serious about writing? Find writers groups and fellow writers to meet and mingle with. Your faith suffering? Find a local body of believers to speak Truth and Life into your world.
  6. Fellowship with other believers. There’s a good reason the church exists. It’s to help us stay strong and keep the faith. The church is filled with people who have battled the demons of discouragement and destruction. We are a battle-tested bunch tattooed with scars and wounds that God has healed. He uses His people to help His people. We find comfort in giving comfort to those who like us need comfort. Our hurts are healed so that we may encourage others who need healing. The Body exists to be a blessing.
  7. Minister to others. One great way to get your mind off your troubles is to focus on someone else by helping them through their trials and tribulations. Our own problems seem like the biggest problem in the world, no matter how significant or insignificant they may actually be.
  8. Get an accountability partner and mentor. Have someone who will walk with you and hold you accountable. Lean on someone who can guide you and direct you and remind you that God is doing great things in your life. Better yet, become one yourself. Investing in others and having others invest in you will dramatically change your attitude and your perspective.
  9. Talk to your spouse. God gave them to you for moments like this. Enlist their help. Bend their ear. Ask them to pray for you. They will be happy to do it and probably relieved to know that they can help. Your wife or husband are invested in you. They love you. Like the Lord, they want what is best for you and they walk alongside you as you battle through the challenging times you face. You’re not alone.
  10. Get off your pity pot. Don’t spend all day feeling sorry for yourself. Once you have done these things, if you still feel down, recognize that you need to vanquish these thoughts that lessen the image of God shining through you. You are not created defeated. You are designed in the victorious image of the Lord. You are the Salt and the Light. Don’t put the lampshade of discouragement over your bright shining light. Don’t filter the salt from your walk. Live in Victory.

Hopefully, you will take the intent of what I’m saying here to heart. Discouragement is a special difficulty designed to sideline you. Don’t let it. Share the Word. Use the gifts God has given you to proclaim the Gospel boldly wherever you go. And remember, God is with you, always.

Go in peace.

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