Just the Facts, Ma'am

My mind's eye can see it as if it were yesterday. While the television series, Dragnet, had at least a couple runs, it was the late 1960's and 70's version I remember most. Sergeant Joe Friday along with his partner, Officer Bill Gannon, would investigate some of the most intense criminal cases in Los Angeles at the time. , There would frequently come a time when, while questioning some witness to a crime or event who would spout some opinions about the case, Sergeant Friday would interject those infamous words, "Just the facts, ma'am." Lately, I'm strangely drawn to this statement. In fact, I'm convinced that our nation would be in a much better place relationally if each of us demanded, ju

Beauty for Ashes

To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory. Isaiah 61:3 This verse, written hundreds of years before Jesus appeared on earth, is probably one of the more popularly cited verses in the bible. The term beauty for ashes has been written and spoken about in books and articles and speeches by hundreds if not thousands of pastors, authors, motivational speakers and everyday folks like you and me for millennia. It's been used to inspire, prophesy and prepare countless readers for things to come. Essentia

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