Christmas Top 40: Up On The Housetop

by Kevin Burton    We don’t have Santa images at my house.  For us, Christmas is about Jesus.    But there is one Christmas song I have always loved that doesn’t fit that mode.  Hundreds of artists have recorded it. Possibly the most famous version was made by Gene Autry in 1953.     It was …

Thursdays With Mom: Golden Memories

by Kevin Burton    I took custody of the gold yesterday.  Didn’t make me any richer, not in the monetary sense anyway.     The transaction took place at my mother’s apartment at an assisted living facility twelve miles north of where I live.  I go there to visit her just about every Thursday.  We are …

Thanking God For Closed Doors

by Kevin Burton    One of my frequent prayers is that God will “open the doors that need to be open and close the doors that need to be closed.”    This is a necessary prayer because I can’t see around time corners to see the future and I’m not always so good at the …

Pursuit Of Holiness Begins In The Mind

by Dane Massey    (Dane Massey is the former Pastor of Mulvane Christian Church. He is now in ministry in Houston, Texas.)      To worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness is the hungry heart cry of every true believer. But how to arrive there is the pursuit of a lifetime.     As I …

Thankful Dependence On God For Daily Bread

by Kevin Burton    God knows I am thankful. He also knows I’m not thankful enough.    My mind is on thanksgiving these days, being truly grateful to God for the things He has given me.  Stopping, or at least slowing down, long enough to acknowledge that “every good gift and every perfect gift is …

Hating The Remedy, Loving The Cure

by Kevin Burton    Can my cat put two and two together, connect the dots?    This I can never know, of course. But I wonder if at any level she connects her recent trip to the vet and her improved health.    This much we know: Gabbie hates being put in a cat carrier, …

The Return Of Sunday Go To Meeting

by Kevin Burton    The Burtons have entered the building, the church building.    We have been watching church on the big screen of my Macintosh computer in the basement for more than two years now.  That was a virus thing of course. We didn’t close our Bibles; we were just trying to stay safe. …

What A Blessing To Be A Child Of God

by Kevin Burton    In my moments of despair, my wife will remind me that I am a child of God.  But what does that mean?    Let’s look at it in two ways today, first by peeling the phrase apart, second by taking it as a whole.    What does it mean to be …

Building A Life On The Chief Cornerstone

by Dane Massey    (Dane Massey is the former Pastor of Mulvane Christian Church. He is now in ministry in Houston, Texas.)      Have you ever stopped to consider the amazing list of architectural terms used in scripture?    Today I want to talk about building on the foundation of Christ the “Chief Cornerstone.” We, …

Fruit Of The Spirit: Self-Control

by Kevin Burton    Self-control is the final Gift of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23. It is potentially the most confusing.    This is the ninth and final part of our series.    Self-control is an easy enough concept, but the self part could throw us off. The power is not in self. It …