All posts by David Porter

About David Porter

When he was in college, David Porter wanted to be a journalist. Today he is a preacher. In Coffee Stains, the preacher and journalist meet to bless everyone who likes a funny East Texas story with a spiritual kicker at the end!

Living Under the Spout Where the Blessings Come Out!

Rachel Beckwith only lived nine years, but she managed to give more than most of us do in eighty years. She made a powerful impact on a continent she had never visited.

When she was five, she had her hair cut off to give to an organization which makes wigs to help children who lost their hair because of illness. When she was nine, at church she heard about an organization called “Charity Waters” which digs wells for villages in Africa.

One out of ten people in the world live without access to clean water.

Rachel decided to ask people to give to Charity Waters for her birthday instead of giving her a gift. She set up a giving page (https://my.charitywater.org/rachel-beckwith-1/rachels9thbirthday) but was a bit disappointed that she only raised $220 of her $300 goal.

Shortly after that she was killed in an automobile accident.

Friends wanted to honor her and began to give to her project. The story spread like wildfire and at last count she had raised $1,265,823 so that tens of thousands of Africans could have clean water. Continue reading

Recipe for an Overflowing Life

‘Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.’

(Luke 6:36-38, NIV)

Doctors today amaze me. Your knees stop working? They replace them! Bad hip? No problem, they’ve got an operation for that.

Personally, I’m waiting until they start brain replacement surgery. Mine’s about used up. I told my wife that we were going to have to work together because I’ve only got half a brain left and she’s got a half left also. It seems that one half brain plus another half brain would equal a whole brain. No, it’s still just a half.

A halfwit plus a halfwit doesn’t equal a wholewit. It equals a nitwit.

Actually we are heading in the direction of artificial brains. Today we have AI–artificial intelligence (or artificial ignorance). Love those shows where you see a room from a robot’s point of view. Someone enters and you hear a mechancial sound as the little machine zeros in on the person. “White male. Late 60’s. Needs to lose ten pounds. Kind of goofy looking.” Then a death ray zings out from the robot and fries the poor guy, followed by a mechanical voice which announces, “Threat terminated.”

We’re all a bit like that robot.

Threat Terminated

We constantly judge and evaluate others. Our judgements often reveal more about us—our values, our prejudices, our pride, our insecurity—than it does about the person we’re judging.

If we have a low opinion of other people, it may reveals one of two things: either we have a low opinion of ourselves and we’re trying to bring others down to our perceived level or we are arrogant and feel no one is as competent, smart, and good as we are.

Neither of those attitudes smell good. Continue reading

Dare To Enter God’s Presence–Part 3

Mamas and Grandmas are death on dirt, often to the point of putting little boys in danger.

When I was little, I went to church with Mamaw and Grandad Deloney. I’d take a bath and put on clean clothes.

But, in the car on the way to church, Mamaw would ask the question that makes every little boy tremble, “David, did you wash behind your ears?”

“Yes, mamaw.” She wouldn’t take my word for it though, and she would investigate. She always found something.

Note to mothers and grandmothers: little boys are very sensitive behind their ears and if you rub too hard you risk killing them.

I don’t think Mamaw was worrying about germs. I think she was afraid the other ladies at church would look behind my ears and say, “Would you look at that? What kind of Grandmother brings her grandson to church with all that dirt behind his ears?” She probably had a problem with pride.

I was very humble. I could care less as long as she left my ears alone.

Afraid of God’s Presence Continue reading

Dare To Enter God’s Presence

The best part of knowing God, for me, is being with Him, enjoying His presence. Lots of us know frustration as we desire to get into His presence, but it seems there is a blockage somewhere. 

How do you get into His presence?

I hear the gears in some of your heads grumbling. “He’s gonna say, ‘Pray more.’”

How many books have you read about prayer? How many magazine articles made you feel guilty? How many times has the pastor stood behind the pulpit, pointed his long preaching finger until it stopped just in front of your nose, and said, “You ought to pray more!”

And you thought, “Yes, I need to pray more. Three minutes and thirteen seconds per day doesn’t get it.” So New Year’s eve you purpose, “I’m going to pray one hour every day.”

The next day you go to your bedroom, kneel down, wrap a shawl around your shoulders (so you’ll look like Elijah the prophet) and you pray one hour three minutes and thirteen seconds.

It’s true that the last 30 minutes you checked your watch every 45 seconds and the last part of your prayer sounded like a countdown to a moon blast, “Ten seconds, nine, eight … one… yes!

One hour, three minutes and thirteen seconds. “Wow! Move over apostle Paul. More spiritual than me, you won’t find.”

Next day you were busy so it was only thirty-three minutes and thirteen seconds. The day after you forgot and the day after that you were watching a series on Netflix that cost you three hours. That day your prayer was thirty-three seconds. Continue reading

The Man Who Asked the Right Question

A good percentage of those who came to Jesus asking questions were certified gourd-heads. They thought they could ask questions God couldn’t answer.

One fellow, though, was serious. His query and Jesus’ answer, flash like neon signs for those seeking a deeper walk with God.

“One of the religion scholars came up. Hearing the lively exchanges of question and answer and seeing how sharp Jesus was in his answers, he put in his question: ‘Which is most important of all the commandments?’

“Jesus said, ‘The first in importance is, ‘Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.’ And here is the second: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment that ranks with these.’

“The religion scholar said, ‘A wonderful answer, Teacher! So lucid and accurate—that God is one and there is no other. And loving him with all passion and intelligence and energy, and loving others as well as you love yourself. Why, that’s better than all offerings and sacrifices put together!’

“When Jesus realized how insightful he was, he said, ‘You’re almost there, right on the border of God’s kingdom.’” (Mark 12: 28-31)

That’s great and that’s terrible. “…right on the border of God’s kingdom.”

David, are you telling me that I can love God with everything I’ve got and love my neighbor as myself and still not be in God’s eternal Kingdom?

No, God wants us to love like that. The problem is: who always loves God passionately and who consistently loves his neighbor like he loves himself? Continue reading