Merging faith with Jesus by Pastor Ron


American Idols to Admire

This past spring my wife, Deanna, and I were shocked at the finale of American Idol. All season long we had expected Adam Lambert, the flamboyant rocker, to steal the title. Each week his vocals and performance just got better and better. He was the judges’ favorite as well. But then, it happened, Lambert got paired up against Kris Allen in the season finale. The votes were cast…and America voted Kris Allen as the winner of American Idol!

I have to admit that I enjoyed Kris’s performances throughout the season of American Idol. Yet he was never as flashy as Adam Lambert. He seemed so humble up there on the stage. There was something about Kris Allen that I couldn’t put my finger on. He seemed different from the rest of the contestants on the show.

Then I heard what Paul Harvey, the late radio broadcaster, would term “the rest of the story.” Kris Allen was a Christian. More than that, we was a worship leader at New Life Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Now here’s the amazing part of the story. The church’s pastor reports that while American Idol was going on, Kris was flying home so that he could lead worship at his church on the weekends. No wonder he acted so humble on stage. He was used to performing not for himself but for the King of Kings!

Kris Allen is a different kind of American Idol. He’s one who put God and leading God’s people in worship over his own fame and musical ambitions. I don’t know if Kris will be able to sell as many records as Adam Lambert or not, but one thing I do know, he’s an American Idol that we can all admire. He’s an American Idol who has shown us what it means to live faith outside of the box.

Take a moment and let Kris lead you in a moment of humble worship with this YouTube video of the song “God In This City.”


Inspiration Outside Your Front Door

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Everyday when I walk outside the front door of my house I see it. “It” is an old brick building down the street built in the 1880′s. “It” sits on the corner of First and College streets. Most people in town see it as an old storage building used by a nearby factory. Some even [...]

Watching Commercials


I don’t know about you, but I like to watch commercials on TV. Most people I know flip channels as soon as a commercial comes on. I don’t. I find commercials interesting…even amusing at times. How else would you discover the drying power of Sham-wow, the cleaning power of Tide, or that eating Taco Bell [...]

Finding The Solution


Remember the Rubik’s Cube? It was the iconic fad of the 1980′s. Everyone had to have one. I knew it really was the craze when one of my dad’s farm magazines arrived in the mail one day with a picture of an Amish boy on the cover trying to solve the puzzle. Solving the Cube [...]



The fugitive on the run: it’s the mainstay of almost every cop show on TV. In the end, the criminal is either shot down or is captured and led away in handcuffs. Eight years ago I witnessed this scenerio unfold in real life. A friend of mine with marital troubles got caught up in drug [...]

Facing Giants


It’s do or die this week for the Columbus Blue Jackets as they face the Detroit Red Wings on home ice in the first round of the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. I must admit that I’m a bit worried about my team as they face off against the defending Stanley Cup champions. They’ve already lost [...]

Father, Forgive Them…


“When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him along with the criminals – one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:33-34) Those words… I can’t get them out of my head. Those words… [...]



Anyone who has ever had their ear (or some other body part) pierced or got a tattoo understands that these events leave a permanent mark on one’s body. Sure you can take the earring out, but the mark remains. Tattoos are hard to cover up. Their design remains imprinted in your skin for the rest [...]

Headed for the Junk Yard?


Let’s face it. Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned. Sometimes we make a total wreck out of things. Sometimes we wreck things so bad that we wonder if there’s any way to salvage that friendship or marriage or whether we should consider it a lost cause and just dump it in the junk yard and [...]

Winning Doesn’t Always Come Easy


Sometimes it takes a lot longer to sip the sweet taste of victory than what you’d think. Some teams over the years seem almost predestined to have winning records: Detroit Red Wings, New England Patriots, New York Yankees, etc. Then there are teams in which it seems they’ll never win enough games to reach a [...]

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