One of the most important decisions you will make is to decide where you will place your hope.

Hope is the beginning of trust. As you answer the question of hope, you can begin to trust those around you.

The scriptures below describe a process of hope. There seems to be three steps.

  1. Trials and troubles will give us patient endurance.
  2. Patient endurance will develop a mature character.
  3. Mature character produces a steady hope.

Hope that will never disappoint us.

Romans 5: 3-4

Our trials and troubles will give us patient endurance; patient endurance will develop a mature character, and a mature character produces a steady hope, a hope that will never disappoint us.

Proverbs 13:12

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a hope fulfilled is a tree of life.


10:19-24 So by virtue of the blood of Jesus, you and I, my brothers, may now have courage to enter the holy of holies by way of the one who died and is yet alive, who has made for us a holy means of entry by himself passing through the curtain, that is, his own human nature. Further, since we have a great High Priest set over the household of God, let us draw near with true hearts and fullest confidence, knowing that our inmost souls have been purified by the sprinkling of his blood just as our bodies are cleansed by the washing of clean water. In this confidence let us hold on to the hope that we profess without the slightest hesitation – for he is utterly dependable – and let us think of one another and how we can encourage each other to love and do good deeds.


1:12 For I know the one in whom I have placed my confidence (hope), and I am perfectly certain that the work he has committed to me is safe in his hands until that day.


Hope produces peace!


4:6-7 Don’t worry over anything whatever; tell God every detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer, and the peace of God which transcends human understanding, will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus.

4:8-9 Here is a last piece of advice. If you believe in goodness and if you value the approval of God, fix your minds on the things, which are holy and right and pure and beautiful and good. Model your conduct on what you have learned from me, on what I have told you and shown you, and you will find the God of peace will be with you.


5:2 How content you will be when you recognize your need for Jesus, for the Kingdom of Heaven will be for you.







I was a little fat boy growing up.  I loved doughnuts.  I loved “hot” doughnuts.  Every Friday night my mom and dad would go to the auction house to buy used furniture, antiques and mostly junk.

They would always give me 50 cents to go across the street and get some hot doughnuts from the Richy Kreme in Maryville, Tennessee.  “Heaven on earth.”

Such a true statement!


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our heros

On Memorial Day, we decided to honor any vet with a free meal when they visited Chick-fil-A at Johnson City Crossing.

When these men walked in they received a standing ovation by our guests and team.  Very cool!

We received this photo from a group that stopped by.


The members of Disabled America Veterans Chapter 40 from Bristol Virginia sends their thanks to Chick-fil-A at Johnson City Crossings for the kindness and respect shown to us by the associates and patrons in the store.

The meal was delicious. THANKS AGAIN

God Bless America!





decoration day


I live near one of the largest Veteran Posts in America (Mountain Home).  The photo above will be the scene there today.  Last week, all of the scouts in our region placed flags at the graves of our heroes.  The graves are especially impactful when decorated with flags.

The history of Decoration Day:

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.  The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the last Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.  It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

Annual Decoration Days for particular cemeteries are held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountains. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors as well as those who were deceased more recently are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles. People gather on the designated day and put flowers on graves and renew contacts with kinfolk and others. There often is a religious service and a “dinner on the ground,” the traditional term for a potluck meal in which people used to spread the dishes out on sheets or tablecloths on the grass. It is believed that this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the “memorial day” idea.

The practice of decorating soldiers’ graves with flowers is an ancient custom.  Soldiers’ graves were decorated in the U.S. before and during the American Civil War. A claim was made in 1906 that the first Civil War soldier’s grave ever decorated was in Warrenton, Virginia, on June 3, 1861, implying the first Memorial Day occurred there.  Though not for Union soldiers, there is authentic documentation that women in Savannah, Georgia, decorated Confederate soldiers’ graves in 1862.  In 1863, the cemetery dedication at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was a ceremony of commemoration at the graves of dead soldiers. Local historians in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, claim that ladies there decorated soldiers’ graves on July 4, 1864.  As a result, Boalsburg promotes itself as the birthplace of Memorial Day.

Following President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in April 1865, there were a variety of events of commemoration. The sheer number of soldiers of both sides who died in the Civil War, more than 600,000, meant that burial and memorialization took on new cultural significance. Under the leadership of women during the war, an increasingly formal practice of decorating graves had taken shape. In 1865, the federal government began creating national military cemeteries for the Union war dead.

The first widely publicized observance of a Memorial Day-type observance after the Civil War was in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 1, 1865. During the war, Union soldiers who were prisoners of war had been held at the Charleston Race Course; at least 257 Union prisoners died there and were hastily buried in unmarked graves.  Together with teachers and missionaries, black residents of Charleston organized a May Day ceremony in 1865, which was covered by the New York Tribune and other national papers. The freedmen cleaned up and landscaped the burial ground, building an enclosure and an arch labeled, “Martyrs of the Race Course.” Nearly ten thousand people, mostly freedmen, gathered on May 1 to commemorate the war dead. Involved were about 3,000 school children newly enrolled in freedmen’s schools, mutual aid societies, Union troops, black ministers, and white northern missionaries. Most brought flowers to lay on the burial field. Today the site is used as Hampton Park.  Years later, the celebration would come to be called the “First Decoration Day” in the North.






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What a great Mother’s Day present to Molly from the girls.