When I Look at My Kids – Part 6 (Religion and Practice)

The old wisdom used to be, “Don’t ever talk about religion and politics.” That’s still probably good advice for me and my mother.  It only leads to trouble.  But, my children are different. For whatever reason, they have quite a bit to say about religion and politics.  Since I was a pastor, we tried to…

When I Look at My Kids – Part 5 (God is in Control?)

My boss used to tell people I was his spiritual adviser.  I always reminded him that if I was his spiritual adviser, he should probably listen to me every once in a while.  We had a pretty good relationship but he probably didn’t like it when I went to work somewhere else.   In the area…

Simply

Not a cause Not applause Not performing Not reforming Not success Not finesse Not tripping Not skipping Simply present, no matter where Simply loving, no matter who’s here Simply conscious, of all that is there Simply thankful, for all that I bear. Karl Forehand _________________________________________________________________________________________ Message me at any time if you have questions: karl@karlscoaching.com…

When I Look at My Kids – Part 4 (Prayer and Challenges)

Tomorrow, my youngest child will be 22.  It’s hard to believe!  I remember when she was just three and used a huge word in a sentence.   Then, just a couple of months ago, she gave birth to her son, Jackson.  He was born about 8 weeks premature by c-section because of complications.  I would give…

Resources for a Plant-Based Lifestyle

Several years ago, I began a whole food, plant-based lifestyle. It is one of the best decisions of my life. The vegan / plant based community is growing every day. It’s exciting to watch it happen and feel that I’m on the right side of history. But, when you start out, it’s a little confusing….

When I Look at My Kids – Part 3 (God is Good?)

If you have ever been to an evangelical church, you have probably heard the following phrase belted out at some random time.  Usually, it happens when the pastor is strolling up to the stage.   On those occasions, you might hear this little back-and-forth exchange in churches all over the world.       Pastor:  “God…

How I Got Inspired in Kansas

This morning I got inspired.  I’m blessed that it lasted throughout my busy day and I still have some left to, hopefully, finish this blog.  Being inspired always makes me think of a word in the New Testament, theopneustos, which is sometimes translated “inspired,” but more often translated “God-breathed.”  Since theo relates to God and…

When I Look at My Kids – Part 2 (Original Good and God as Parent)

In the previous blog, I started to talk about the fact that taking the Bible too literally could lead to problems in our interpretation.  I explained that examining how I feel about my children helps me understand how God must feel about His children.  I am certainly not God and I don’t tell Him how…

When I Look at My Kids – Part 1 (God’s Disposition Toward Us)

As a young adult, I dreamed about all the things I would teach my children.  I vaguely remember preparing so that I could answer their questions and tell them that thing would make them look at me with wonder and amazement.  I thought, “all they have to say is ‘thanks dad, you’re the smartest dad…

As For Me and My House?

by Laura Forehand The 4th of July.  America’s birthday.  All my life I have been taught to respect this country in which I live.  I don’t think there is anything wrong with that… necessarily. Yesterday, as I was perusing through my Facebook feed, I happened upon the above saying.  My heart immediately sank. It sank…