• These were the words of our new president recently in Turkey.  Obama made a similar statement in an email response to CBN's David Brody in 2007:  “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation.”  Whatever we once were?

    Patrick Henry, the “give me liberty or give me death guy” said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

  • This past week, I was walking through the woods. There’s nothing in my opinion more peaceful than the outdoors. Trust me, if you ever want to leave the real world behind, take a trip into the realms of nature and explore God’s great big universe.

    I walked deeper into the woods and noticed a tree standing from a distance. It was beautiful and appeared so full of life. However, it wasn’t until I got closer to it that I began to see the flaws and imperfections it previously had.

  • Happy 100 days of President Barack Obama.

  • To all the dear mother’s of this world-

    You may be someone who has given birth, or may have assumed the role of mother in another way.

    Just the same, you are God’s love in expression. No matter how old you are, where you are, or who the children are who need you, always be ready to give the reassurance and encouragement, to dry their tears, and to listen to their stories and their discoveries.

  • I knew that’d get your attention!

    No, I’m not trying to attract more of a reading audience through colorful phrases and quirky puns. This week’s story is one that is designated for those who either live with uncontrollable guilt placed by someone else or by themselves.

    William Shakespeare once said it best, “What’s done cannot be undone.”

    How true that is, indeed!

    Do you have anything in your life that you wish you could do over again?

  • We should all thank Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for supporting the enhanced interrogation techniques that have been used at Guantanamo Bay that may have saved thousands of American lives.

    You have probably heard her mention how she supports President Obama on shutting down the Gitmo Detention Center and how she thinks water boarding is torture, when in fact, she was the ranking Democrat on the House Select Committee on Intelligence and sat in on the sessions that detailed interrogation and approved techniques for use on suspected Al-Qaeda members.

  • For as long as I’ve been writing, the one question I’m always asked is, “Where do you come up with your writing ideas?”

    Though this is a common question, the truth is that my creativity can come from anywhere. I’ve gotten inspiration for whole chapters while pumping gas, walking in the park, or even cleaning the bathroom toilet. You never know when it will hit, but that’s why I’ve got to keep an open mind and a notepad handy.

    Also, I have another secret.

  • Last week, over a million people turned out for an estimated 850 tea party events held across the nation.  

    Adopting the imagery of the Boston Tea Party, these independent activists from across the political spectrum brought out their pitchforks and protest signs to voice their outrage over unparalleled government spending.  

  • Have you ever heard the old saying, “It’s an oldie but a goodie?”

    This past weekend was Easter. In a religious sense, it’s by far my favorite holiday due to the example of renewal, rebirth, and hope for all.

    In a nostalgic sense, there were so many great movies on as well that I remember as a child.

  • President Barack Obama has just completed his first overseas international trip in his young presidency.  

    While in Europe, Obama attended the G-20 meeting in Great Britain, a NATO meeting in France, and a European Union meeting in the Czech Republic.During the same time, international events transpired that showed the naivety of Obama and the foreign policy he is implementing.  

  • Having special days that reminds us to love and be loved is so wonderful.

    For the past several weeks, I have had more rare opportunities than usual, to really enjoy some quality time with some of my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. One day in March, I took my little 3-year-grandson, Bryson with me to meet my daughter Patty at her house in Jacksboro. The three of us drove over to Knoxville Zoo where we met up with Patty’s daughter, Sandy, and her three children, Ava, 5-years-old, Aydin, 3-years-old, and Alex, 2-years-old.

  • What do you think when you hear about the end of the world?

    Do you believe it will happen, or do you feel as though it’s nothing more than a mere hoax? Despite your beliefs, this week’s story relates to everyone, Christian or not.

    Anyone who knows me, personally or through my weekly column, knows that I whole-heartedly believe in God.

  • It is called a diversion or sleight of hand, in magic.  

    In Gunsmoke, the bad guys would have set fire to the livery stable and while Doc, Festus and Marshall Dillon were putting out the fire, the guys in the black hats robbed the bank, or the Longbranch – or both.  

    In Washington, they just robbed the taxpayers.

    But, even though we just passed the largest spending bill in history, I am disturbed that something much bigger is in the making, such as our liberty and our individual freedoms being pilfered.