The Weekly Babble

Spending His Time

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 08/20/2019 - 07:48

Like distance, volume, and weight, time is a measurement.  It is a mark to let us know how much has been used and how much more we need to reach a desired milestone.  Have you ever thought about time like that, a measurement?  How much time do any of us give to the thought of time?   We do not think of time in the same class as distance, volume, and weight.  It’s different.  Try to describe time as a measurement without using the word time.  You can’t do it can you?

Marriage On Trial

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 08/13/2019 - 09:15

Marriage has been on trial in our country for the past few decades.  She has been drug into court so often you would think she should have been locked up for good by now.  But just when you think her abuse has ended, again someone tries to expose her for the misunderstanding they believe her to be.  I don’t know how much more she can endure.  Her definition has been beaten and rearranged so many times, she is scarcely recognizable.  She started so simple, so defined.  She used to walk with her head held high and her worth was indisputable.  She had power and endurance, yet she was elegant a

Living In a Lie

Submitted by Chris Conly on Wed, 08/07/2019 - 05:54

We all live in a lie.  Our bodies are lies.  I know there are some out there that would agree with that statement more than others, but no matter how old or young, physically fit or not, our bodies are all lies.  In 2 Corinthians chapter 5 Paul talks about our earthly bodies, referring to them as clothing, tents, and houses.  He says that while we are in these bodies, we groan, not wanting to be in them.  We don’t want to live in a lie.  We earnestly desire to live without the burden of lies.  But no matter how much we desire a new house free from lies, we do not have a choice.  Then in ver

Those Stinkin Lies

Submitted by Chris Conly on Sun, 07/21/2019 - 16:55

Bernie Madoff is the biggest financial conn artist America has ever known.  He was able to keep his lie running for more than ten years, a conn that would eventually add up to almost $50 billion.  Bernie built his life in the financial market, rising to the position of chairman of NASDAQ.  He was very well known and respected, and also very well paid.  Why would someone in his position, with his knowledge and experience choose to bury his life in deception?  I ‘m sure there are dozens of psychologists ready to answer that question, but the only one I can accept comes from that famous philos

Superheroes

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 07/08/2019 - 18:56

Superheroes are big business these days.  Movies, television, T-shirts, they are everywhere.  We even went to a superhero themed birthday party.  The Mark of Zorro in 1920 is credited with being the first superhero movie.  Superman did not appear until 1938.  Since those days many more superheroes have come alive.  It is easy to understand the popularity of the superhero.  Who wouldn’t want some kind of superpower?  If you shy away from the superhero spotlight, I’m guessing you would not mind being rescued by one.  We all love the idea of rescue whether it is being the res

Mishandling the Truth

Submitted by Chris Conly on Sat, 07/06/2019 - 14:04

There are two things the Bible talks about that are greatly mishandled.  They are mishandled by all people, the righteous as well as the wicked.  I just classed all people into two groups, righteous and wicked.  Did you assume I put myself with the righteous?  Did you place yourself in that same group?  Do I have the right to call myself, or anyone, righteous or wicked?  Some say yes and some say no.  Who is right?  What is the deciding factor?  The two things I speak of are judging and boasting.  Are we to judge and are we to boast?  The quick and safe answer is, “Oh no, we should never ju

Lord of my Life

Submitted by Chris Conly on Wed, 06/26/2019 - 08:52

I officiated a funeral Wednesday morning.  You might be thinking, “Uggg, I sure am glad I am not a pastor.  I would not like speaking at a lot of funerals.”  I understand.  No one looks forward to a funeral and that includes pastors.  I may not look forward to funerals, but there is no better place to preach the gospel.  Sometimes funerals are the only occasion when people will slow down enough to reflect on life and death; their own life and death.  We will all die, but how often do we give serious thought to that reality?  That is a gospel conundrum, what the living must do to

Fathers

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 06/18/2019 - 06:00

Father’s Day, a well-deserved day to observe the important role fathers play in every family.  Everyone has an understanding of the meaning of family.  Each understanding may or may not be in line with the dictionary definition of family.  We all like to add our own personal touch to dictionary definitions, and all families are personal.  My definition would place the emphasis on the father.  I do not believe a family is a family without a father.  Without a father something is missing, something detrimental to upholding the family definition.  My definition of family consists of things oth

Your Day in Court

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 06/11/2019 - 07:30

Isaiah 61:8 begins, “I, the Lord, love justice.”  Psalm 9 says, “He has established His throne for judgment, and He will judge the world in righteousness.”  It is hard to read verses like these and not make a connection with what takes place in a courtroom.  A courtroom is where justice is exercised and a judge does his work.  However, a judge is not the only person in a courtroom when the judgment process is under way.  There are always three components involved with every courtroom proceeding.  The judge, and possible jury, representing the law and truth, and is only par