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Posts by Gary Massey

Who Is Waiting for You?

The plane screeched onto the runway and made the long taxi to the exiting gate. The seatbelt sign dinged off. People crowded into the aisles, pulling bags out of the overhead bins, and firing up their phones, ready for the sideways walk off the plane. Normally, once you reach the gate, the workers take less than five minutes to connect the bridge…

A Legacy of Generosity

Last Monday, my dad and I preached my uncle’s funeral. I have known him my whole, life, but I learned a lot about him at his funeral. I remember him being more quiet and reserved than most of my family. He was low-key, soft-spoken, and gentle. Also, unlike most of us, he was skinny. My dad always referred to him as “tight”,…

When Will You Have Enough?

The leech has two daughters, “Give,” “Give.” There are three things that will not be satisfied, Four that will not say, “Enough”: Sheol, and the barren womb, Earth that is never satisfied with water, And fire that never says, “Enough.” Proverbs 30:15-16 Can you ever have too much candy? Looking at children, you would think not. They will empty their sacks to…

Worth The Climb

Last Sunday evening, more than one hundred people gathered at our house for worship and fellowship in God’s creation. We give thanks for all the people who came and shared the love and joy of being together. I gave at least three different versions of directions to our house depending on the starting place, but everyone arrived safely and pretty much on…

Broken Promises

A friend of mine takes his two-year old computer to a repair shop because the hinges on the screen will not hold the screen in place. The repair shop agrees to replace the hinges and the friend pays for the repair, leaving the computer at the shop. A few days later, the repairman calls and says he was removing the old hinges,…

Given Over To Evil

Why would a wealthy, retired, privileged American man, living a life of freedom and ease, meticulously plan and execute a crazed killing spree leaving 58 innocent people dead and more than 400 in the hospital? I don’t know the brain disorders, chemical imbalances, or other potential physical causes that may have led to this massacre. But God wants us to know something…

A Legacy of Addiction

This week the news media was quick to sing the praises of Hugh Hefner on announcing his death at age 91. Intelligent, successful women talked about his contribution to free speech, his being an “American Icon,” and “cultural pioneer.” His actual legacy is one of promoting a family-killing, life-destroying addiction. His cultural pioneership has brought us the following: 40 million Americans regularly…

Do You Need Help?

The African-American gentleman was older, probably in his later 60s. He was dressed in a suit and tie, with thick-soled orthotic shoes. He was eating small sticks of cheese, the kind they use to give us in elementary school – about a quarter inch square by three inches long. His wife was similar in age and dress, with a computer sitting on…

Do You Need Rescuing?

Elderly nursing home residents are photographed sitting waist deep in water – inside a medical facility in Dickinson, Texas. Some of the residents sit in wheel chairs, with the water up to their chest. Plates and trash float in the brownish-green water. They are only some of the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The loss of electricity service from Hurricane Irma left 6…

The Forgotten Harvest

When I was ten years old, Carmac Sullivan was one of the oldest men in our congregation. People always talked about how energetic and light-hearted he was for his age. He was the only person I knew who played golf, and the only one I knew who drove a foreign car – a yellow Subaru. The summer between fourth and fifth grade,…