The Weekly Babble

The Pleasure of Disappointment

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 10/09/2018 - 04:20

I was disappointed today while finalizing and reviewing the sermon for Sunday morning.  Does that sound strange?  If so, then this will sound even more bizarre.  It is rare that I am not disappointed while studying and preparing for Sunday morning.  Since we are already into the strange, let us go a step further.  I am grateful for the disappointment.  No, I am not a person that relishes on the negative.  I do not look for the undesirable things in life.  It is nothing like that. 

Getting Rid of the 100s

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 10/01/2018 - 19:50

DFW Airport has recorded a temperature of 100 degrees or more twenty three times this year.  The average is eighteen.  We beat the average, Yay!!  or should I say, Darn!!  Are you glad those triple digits are gone for this year?  I am.  I enjoy warm weather much more than cold, but temperatures in the 100s can wear anyone down.  Extreme heat drains the energy of many things, not just us humans.  Air conditioners, car batteries and tires, the Hydrangeas in front of the church all take a beating in the summer heat of DFW.  What is it about those temperatures in the one hundreds?  If we were t

Stability in Change

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 09/24/2018 - 19:46

Things certainly have changed in our family this year. I am referring more to the school year rather than 2018. I started a new job on August 20th, which happened to be the first day of school for Olivia. Phyllis also started a new job just prior to the beginning of the school year. These changes brought on a new challenge for getting Olivia to and from school. Not a huge hurdle, but an adjustment none the less. Olivia has made some changes as well. She is now a seventh grade cheerleader.

God, Are You Lonely?

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 09/10/2018 - 07:50

We all know what it is like to feel lonely, but do we know what it takes to be defined as lonely?  What is necessary to qualify as lonely?  Forsaken, rejected, unloved and unwanted are just a few of the synonyms the online dictionary gives for lonely.  So let me ask you, “Does God get lonely?”  If that is all it takes, then God must be very lonely.  He is forsaken, rejected, unloved and unwanted much more than He is wanted, accepted and loved.  But God understands rejection.  He can handle it, can’t He?  Satan rejected God way back in the beginning.

The Power of Love

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 09/10/2018 - 07:46

It is Friday night and there is a party going on!  Phyllis and her sisters, Annette and Cathy, have gathered for one of their “All Nighters”.  Along with the sisters, come four additional children.  Of the nine that are in our apartment tonight, seven will probably see the sunrise.  Cheyenne and I will give way to sleep well before that hour.  There will be food and games, stories and laughter, but what is it really that keeps these ladies going all night?  They haven’t had any preparation, no sleeping in late this morning and no afternoon naps.  Instead, they have all worked and taken care

Difficult? No Thank You!

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 08/20/2018 - 06:04

Have you ever had a Bible verse or passage scare you?  I mean really frighten you down to the bone.  The kind of fear that makes you move, that makes you act upon it.  I have, but I am not going to discuss my number one in this blog.  I do not have the space.  I will tell you my number two.   “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”  This is found in

God has Called You

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 08/06/2018 - 07:33

God has called you to be a leader.  That’s right, a leader, YOU, the person you see when you look in the mirror.  It doesn’t matter whether you think you are leader material or not.  He has called you to lead.  We have all heard statements like, “She is a natural born leader” or “He is more of a follower instead of a leader.”  I understand the statements and in the right context I agree.  Not everyone is gifted with the ability to lead a large corporation or congregation well.  Just as not everyone is gifted with the desire to serve all the time with little or no recognition.  Being gifted

Hold Please

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 07/31/2018 - 08:40

“Your call is very important to us.  Please wait on the line for the next available representative.”  If my call is so important, why isn’t there someone to answer my call when I call?  I’m sure none of you have ever been frustrated for being put on hold for an extended period.  It is probably just me.  Why are we irritated when we have to wait, and should we be irritated when we have to wait?  Can waiting be a good thing or is it always a waste of precious time?  It depends doesn’t it?  Most people would say, “5 minutes is nothing, I could wait five minutes for anything.”  My response, “Ok

Seeing the Inside

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 07/23/2018 - 08:02

“Well, open ‘er up and see what’s inside.”  Where might you hear these words?  At a birthday party or anytime a gift is given, would be a reasonable guess.  What about from some young explorers looking for an excuse to use a new Swiss Army Knife, or a biologist trying to find an explanation to the sudden deaths of a particular species.  Even doctors often need to look inside a body to determine the cause of pain, and in extreme cases, the cause of death.