Sometimes parents need tweaking

This editorial column by Dusty Takle was previously published in a print edition of The GRIP. I have found myself the past few weeks correcting Jett and how he responds to me. “Remember who I am,” I’ve told him. “You are not allowed to talk to me like that,” I’ve told him. This has not […]

Learn to love yourself

This editorial column by Dusty Takle previously appeared in the print edition of The GRIP. Matthew 22:36-40 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and […]

What are you allowing to master your life?

This editorial column by Dusty Takle was published in the previous print edition of The GRIP. What Is Mastering Your Life? We are created in the image and likeness of God. This is your inherent DNA. It’s mine. There is no getting away from it. There is no getting out of it. There is nothing […]

Real hope is the anchor to our souls

This editorial column by Dusty Takle was published in the most recent print edition of The GRIP. The word hope has come alive for me. Amidst the tragedies and heartbreaks we’ve all experienced this year in our nation, hope is something we all need to renew. Mass shootings make us cry out for peace and […]

Live around the banquet table

This is an editorial column written by Dusty Takle that previously appeared in the print edition of The GRIP. The church I attend and serve has focused the entire year around the banquet table. Our initial scripture that inspired the theme was from Luke 14:23, So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the […]

Discipline your mind to destroy those thoughts not from God

DUSTY TAKLE – RELIGION COLUMNIST ::: I have moments where I worry just like you. I let my thoughts run wild. I don’t discipline them, and before I know it, I find myself awake in the middle of the night doing the exact opposite of what I tell other people to do. Anxiety fills me. Fear […]

Learn how to shift to love you now

DUSTY GOSS TAKLE ::: I have found recently struggling to enjoy this season of busy schedules. Because it was really easy to enjoy every moment there, I’ve thought about a recent vacation to Maine and said, “Can we just go back to Maine where we eat six meals a day and linger at every beautiful […]

Think on these things

DUSTY TAKLE ::: 8And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me – everything you heard from […]

Emmanuel – God is with you

DUSTY TAKLE ::: 21And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.  22All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through the prophet:  23“Look!  The virgin will conceive a child!  She will give birth to a son, and they will call […]

Change the way you look at things

DUSTY TAKLE ::: Wayne Dyer wrote, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”  This is not some theory in my life.  It has become a principle that has changed my life and how I view it.  I can remember when we first moved back from Oklahoma, and […]

We all have full access to God

DUSTY TAKLE :::  When I told a friend recently that I had missed seeing her at church, her response was, “Oh, you don’t want to be around my yuck right now.” We all have stuff.  We all have issues we need to work through.  Sometimes, you may feel like my friend, stuck in a “yuck” […]

Stay connected to remain satisfied in Him

DUSTY TAKLE ::: Is it possible to have Christ within us and still not be satisfied? Yes. I am not suggesting Christ is not satisfying. He is all satisfying.  But, it is possible to never be satisfied in Him. Because, we lack an awareness of Him in all things. Satisfaction comes from spending time communing […]

God gives do-overs with each new morning

DUSTY TAKLE::: Remember when you were a kid playing one of those recess games, and someone would yell, “DO OVER!”  And, usually he got his do-over?  Life’s not always so simple.  There have been many times in my thirty-eight years I wish I could do over. Like the time I told my parents I was […]

East Griffin Baptist adds to its already long list of ministries

East Griffin Baptist Church (EGBC) is not the type of church that opens up to preach on Sunday and is closed for the rest of the week.  Dropping by the church on a Thursday morning, visitors will witness a bustle of activity; parishioners and needy individuals coming to find what they need at the weekly […]