The Weekly Babble

Packing for a Move

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 04/22/2019 - 08:14

Packing to move a whole house is not fun.  Neither is packing to go on vacation or a camping trip, or even packing a lunch, but these packing jobs are not as laborious and the rewards are sooner enjoyed.  What is there to look forward to when packing a whole house?  Oh yeah, unpacking a whole house.  What a motivator!  Packing isn’t the only thing that takes a lot of time and seems like more work is put in than enjoyment is given out.  We often hear similar comments about our jobs, “What they are paying is not worth what they are asking me to do.”  Sound familiar?  Cooking a meal is definit

A Non-Stop Wrestling Match

Submitted by Chris Conly on Wed, 04/17/2019 - 05:35

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places”  This quote comes from the apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians (6:12).  Reading the verse, a couple things stand out.  One, we are engaged in some type of wrestling match, or battle, or struggle, whatever works best for you.  Two, our opposition is always the same, while at the same time, not the type of foe we might think.  Let us take a look at these two things Paul is brin

Sleep, What a Blessing.

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 04/08/2019 - 10:48

It has been a long day filled with errands, work and other various activities.  You have accomplished everything on your long “To Do” list.  A warm delicious dinner is waiting for you, and it is not too late in the evening for you to still enjoy your favorite TV show.  Not only does this sound like a great evening, but you have nothing on the schedule for tomorrow morning.  What a perfect setting and situation for ­­­_______ (can you fill in the blank?)  A good night’s sleep.  You can almost feel it right now, can’t you?  We all love a good night’s sleep.  We look forward to it when evening

Women Armored for Battle

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 04/02/2019 - 07:56

Ephesians 6:11 says, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”  These are words of warning from the apostle Paul.  The devil is the enemy of anything righteous.  Not only will he never bow to God’s authority, he will not rest as long as there is even one person praising God.  Peter tells us in 1 Peter 5:8, that the devil is also our adversary and we must remain sober and vigilant because the devil roams about watching for an opportunity to devour us.

A Father - Son Bond

Submitted by Chris Conly on Wed, 03/27/2019 - 09:16

Being a Dad comes with a lot of responsibilities.  Who cares?  Being a Dad is great.  How else can a man elevate to Superhero status faster than becoming a dad?  Did you know that how a child views the world and what he believes about God, begins with Dad?  Moms, I am not discounting your role in your children’s lives.  Together, parents establish the trajectory for the lives of their children.  But the influence each parent injects is not the same.  What a child needs from a father is different from what is needed of a mother.  Parents are meant to be baby making, child rearing, God teachi

Agreeable Exchanges

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 03/19/2019 - 06:55

Thinking about owning a new home is exciting.  The process that is necessary to obtain a new house, not so thrilling.  We make purchases almost every day.  Most of these purchases take place with very little thought or time spent.  Gasoline, food, personal care items, things we need on a daily basis, when we run out or get low we replenish.  We know what we need and where to get it so we just do it.  We make the purchase with little effort or time spent.  That is our economy, the production and exchange of goods and services.  I need or want something you have.  You need or want something I

Mourning a Death

Submitted by Chris Conly on Thu, 03/07/2019 - 06:49

151,600 people die each day, according to www.ecology.com, that is nearly 2 people every second.  This goes on day after day and most days we individuals never mourn any of those deaths.  Why is that?  How can we go through each day without sorrow knowing 151,600 people died yesterday and will do so again today?  Maybe we have our eyes on the 360,000 babies that are born daily.  That’s double the excitement.  Is that how our sadness is held back, looking at new life instead of life ending?  That’s not it either, is it?  We all know the real reason.  If

Pushing Through the Requirements

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 02/25/2019 - 11:55

A prerequisite is something that is required as a prior condition for something else to happen or exist.  I became most familiar with prerequisites during my college years.  Prerequisites always got in the way of me having that perfect schedule.  I would look at the classes needed on my degree plan then look at the schedule of classes.  I had the need and what was offered to meet the need.  Now just match them up.  Piece of cake, so I thought.  More than once I missed a prerequisite.  Thankfully, the registrar’s office did not.  I would make some adjustments, mess up the dream schedule, and

Traffic Lights

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 02/18/2019 - 06:23

Will this light ever turn green!!  How do the traffic lights know when I am running late?  They must know, right?  Every time I am running late the lights are always red.  It is true.  Traffic lights slow us down.  When we are behind the lights are against us, always holding us back.  When time is not a concern, they are hardly noticed.   

Food That Edures

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 02/11/2019 - 19:00

Jesus says in John 6:27, “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures.”  This is a verse that does not need a lot of explanation.  We all know that Jesus was the master when it came to metaphors.  He would use words and examples that were well known in order to open up understanding of a deeper meaning.  Some of His comparisons are hard for us to find the truth lying below the surface because the description is no longer relevant or practiced in the 21st century.  For example, Luke 7:32, “They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling