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A Thing to Be Executed
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
Cruelty in any form disturbs reasonable human beings. Our country has laws in place that protect animals and people from cruelty, because we know that certain people mistreat others for their own demented pleasure. When one reads about the nature of the crucifixion, several facts stand out about those putting Jesus to death. One overriding fact is the unbridled cruelty that was manifested during His punishment and death. full story
The Cornerstone Rejected
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
When Jesus made His triumphant entry into Jerusalem, those celebrating Passover were quoting a messianic passage (Matthew 21: 42) from Psalm 118. The passage as quoted from verse twenty-two says, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone.” The event and Psalm are at once a prophecy of rejection and praise for the Messiah who would ride a donkey into the city just days before His crucifixion. The praise portion says, in Psalm 118:26, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We have blessed you from the house of the LORD.” full story
Share My Delusion
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
The agenda of woke culture has moved from ridiculous to delusional to forced participation in delusional thoughts and behaviors. It seems that reasonable people are being forced to share in the delusion of those who are uncertain of their gender, pronouns, or sexuality. full story
Remembering the Password
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
Several years ago, we would not have even considered paying our bills online or doing our banking using a computer and the internet. Most everything is done online nowadays and for the most part it is a wonderful thing. It is much easier to pay bills via online account platforms. Instead of worrying about things being on time or stolen in the mail, you share your bank account information with the billing group, click a few buttons and your bills are paid in an immediate fashion. full story
Accept and Acknowledge or Else!
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT

J.K. Rowling, the author of the popular Harry Potter series has come under fire for her opposition of transgender labeling. There is speculation that mislabeling a person could earn citizens of the United Kingdom two years in prison. Rowling, to her credit, expressed a willingness to serve two years in prison rather than bow to the crazy wokeness that is permeating so much of modern society.

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You Cannot Raise Them
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
The most precious “thing” we have in our lives as a married couple is our children. God has designed marriage to be the primary consideration in the family and married couples should strive to have successful marital unions. After the primary unit of the family is fortified, parents should make every attempt to raise and train godly children. full story
A Conquering Messiah
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
The Bible records Jesus entering the city of Jerusalem just a few days prior to His crucifixion. This is hailed as the “triumphant entry” by people who study scripture. When one does a close examination of the event and the symbols present at the time of Christ’s entry, some harsh irony becomes evident regarding their understanding of the Messiah and His complete rejection just a few days later. full story
Be Kind
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
The light just turned green, and cars slowly moved through the intersection. I was turning left but could not help noticing the woman in the SUV next to me in the adjacent lane. She had put her left hand out the window and was making an obscene gesture to the person in the car behind them. As if that was not enough lewdness for the moment, she stuck her head out the window and shouted several profanities to the same car. I was unable to determine what the other driver had done to incite the anger of the woman driving the SUV, but one does not have to respond to any situation in this manner. full story
Sometimes the Pain Helps
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
When I was a small child, the medical profession worked differently in consideration of common sicknesses. In the early seventies, our regular physician would give a shot of antibiotics for just about any disease one could think of—even trivial sicknesses. Nowadays, doctors are reserved about giving antibiotics; especially in cases where they are deemed ineffective. full story
The Significance of Reeds in the Life of Christ
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
The first recorded miracle of Jesus’ earthly ministry occurred in Cana of Galilee. Sometimes the place of the miracle is overlooked and not considered when John chapter two is examined. John 2:1 says, “On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.” In the Hebrew language the word “Cana” can be translated as “place of reeds.” full story
Without Murmuring and Complaining
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
It has been observed by some that murmuring and complaining are part of human nature. Beyond the normal gripes and complaints that one hears, it seems there are people who delight in murmuring and complaining to excess. There are people who simply love keeping controversy stirred up in various situations—including the church. The Bible admonishes the disciple of Jesus to avoid such behaviors. full story
He Removed the Sting
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT

A few weeks ago, I preached at a gospel meeting in the congregation I was baptized in and attended as a young person. This congregation, the Lumley Stand church of Christ, has many people that I am related to and several of them knew my grandparents, aunts, and uncles. In many respects, this meeting was a wonderful opportunity to visit with people instrumental in my spiritual training.

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I Knew You Would Forgive Them
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
Jonah was the prophet of God who ran in the opposite direction of God’s command (Jonah 1:3).  In essence, he wanted to see the Ninevites to perish rather than see them repent and secure the mercy and grace of God.  Jonah sums up his reluctance to obey God by acknowledging a portion of God’s nature in forgiving those who are repentant of their sins.  He says in Jonah 4:2, “So he prayed to the LORD, and said, "Ah, LORD, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore, I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm.”  full story
That Still, Small Voice
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT

The child of God is confident that Yahweh is working in his life. If we did not truly believe this, prayer would be a complete waste of time. The New Testament makes it plain that prayer is effectual in its working. James 5:16 says, “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” While we know He is not working in a miraculous fashion in our age (I Corinthians 13:8ff), we can see His providential hand in our lives.

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Magnifying Christ
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT

Most people are intrigued by what a microscope can reveal. It is fascinating to see the magnification of an insect, protozoa, or microscopic creature under a lens. Some of the most innocent looking insects are rather terrifying to look at under the magnification of a microscope. The invention of the microscope has opened a world that would have otherwise remained unknown to the common observer.

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We Train for That
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
A gentleman who attends the congregation I preach at was a professional pilot for over forty years.  On occasion, I asked him about some of the experiences that he had while flying for a major airline company.  Just recently I asked, “Did you ever have any inflight emergencies?”  His response was “Why, of course.”  I retorted, “Please do tell.”  He then shared the following story. full story
The Worldly Considerations of Solomon
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT

Until Jesus Christ, Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived. In his lifetime, he sought to understand various worldly principles and ultimately arrived at one undergirding principle about them. He says in Ecclesiastes 1:12-14, “I, the Preacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. And I set my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all that is done under heaven; this burdensome task God has given to the sons of man, by which they may be exercised. I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind.” The four things Solomon pursued to understand the mysteries of life were wisdom, pleasure, possessions, and popularity. Each one of these pursuits left Solomon empty and with no real answers about life.

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Dishonoring the Uniform
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT

Several months ago, the media displayed images of the transgendered United States Assistant Secretary of Health in a military uniform wearing a dress. He is described as “Admiral Rachel L. Levine [who—JOT] serves as the 17th Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,” by the Health and Human Services Website. Say what you will, but he is a man dressed as a woman. Mr. Levine looks totally ridiculous dressed as a woman while helping oversee the physical and mental health of our nation!

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Abraham: His Highs and Lows
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
Abraham is one of the most fascinating characters of the Old Testament.  Abraham is the father of the faithful and is listed among the faithful examples given by the Hebrew writer in chapter eleven.  Those who obey the gospel are the “sons of Abraham,” (Galatians 3.7-9) because of the promises that Jehovah made to him during his earthly sojourn.  Namely, that all the nations of the earth would be blessed because of him.  Galatians 3:6 says,  “Just as Abraham ‘Believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, ‘In you all the nations shall be blessed.’  So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.”  full story
Doubt
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT

Doubt might be one of the biggest problems that Christians struggle with in their daily walk. Doubt can originate from many different areas and sources. Typically, doubt happens when we wrestle with various issues in our own lives such as the loss of a loved one, impending death, and various other catastrophic occurrences. Given the nature of life, it is not unusual that one might labor with this issue; especially considering Satan used it with Jesus.

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