The Weekly Babble

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, 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

Satisfying a Hunger

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 02/04/2019 - 06:54

This week I am supposed to be talking about satisfying our hunger.  So how do we do it, satisfy our hunger?  There you go again, thinking about food.  It is time to set the food aside. Jesus said in His famous Sermon on the Mount,  “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness” (Matt 5:6).  By that definition, are you blessed?  Do you hunger for righteousness, and if you do, what level is your desire?  Is it at the same level as a hunger that will eat a fish right out of the river? 

I'm Hungry

Submitted by Chris Conly on Sun, 01/27/2019 - 14:49

I’m hungry.  Well join the crowd, brother.  We are all hungry, aren’t we?  We all have a strong desire or craving for something.  Now I know that when you read those first two words, “I’m hungry”, you thought food.  Your stomach may have even given you that little pang it uses to let us know it is ready for a refill.  Do we ever use the word hungry to describe a craving other than food?  We know it is a perfectly good word to use to describe our desire to obtain something, but we rarely use it outside our desire for food.  I think hunger is a great word and we should use it for more than ju

We All Have Our Laziness

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 01/21/2019 - 09:24

I heard a phrase the other day that pricked my ears.  I understood the phrase as soon as I heard it because I have referenced it myself.  I gave it a different name when I spoke about it, but their meanings are the same.  I think I prefer this other phrasing over mine.  It is simpler.  The term I used was “Procrastination by Substitution”.  I know, you’re probably saying, “huh?”.  The phrase I heard was, “Busy laziness”.  This one might make you say, “huh” also, but it is more direct.  Can we be lazy while being busy?   (fun fact) Combining two words that appear to contradict ea