In Memory 7/12/1955–5/21/2017

Jimmy and Chris

Jimmy LaFave has always been my uncle, but this picture marks a more definitive beginning of his influence on me.

I was 8 or 9 years old and had asked him to pose in a picture with me as proof that I had a famous uncle. I distinctly remember it being to impress a girl, and I probably had my friend Gary do the actual talking to the girl when the time came. I’ve always liked telling people he’s my uncle, though I feel like he always played down the “famous” part in his humility.

We used to listen to…

But, I wanna play Mario!

My daddy/daughter gaming has hit its first snag. I’ve enjoyed playing video games nightly with my daughter (and lately my wife too) as a sort of electronic family bonding time.

But, today, daughter had a bit of a tantrum with wife when they began doing their daily at home “school” activities.

The quote from my daughter that came from this tantrum, which I found amusing, was:

“I don’t want to do the alphabet, it has too many letters!”

I was upstairs working when I received the dreaded text message from my wife pictured below:

A little bit about me, what I do, and where you can find it …

At the height of my quarantine hair/beard shagginess

If I read correctly, I can’t make money on this post, but I think it’s okay to post links to my other endeavors on Medium in general. If I’m wrong, someone can scold me and I’ll take it down.

My name is Chris, and I’ve been writing for many years. Mostly via Blogspot and random Facebook musings at 2am that I regret the following morning. Though, now I’ve found Medium, and hope to be more prominent here.

As writing is one of my two primary…

I’ve been bonding over video games with my four year old daughter

Viva Piñata for XBOX is a Dad/Daughter Favorite

When my daughter was a bit younger, my wife and I tried handing her our Nintendo controllers while playing the original Super Mario Bros with Nintendo Switch Online service.

It was more for the humor of it, and to see what happened. She hit that first Goomba, and lost interest pretty quickly. It was cute though.

Last October, having run out of ideas while living the quarantine life, I splurged and bought an Xbox One. …

A remix of Beatles lyrics

Photo by Dariusz Sankowski on Unsplash

I recall one day back in 2013, I was thinking of lyrics to “A Day in the Life” by the Beatles and began writing out my own Christian version.

I recorded it in one take, and posted on YouTube. Looking back, I think it was actually quite good in terms of keeping the original feel of the song phrasings and things, but with the new lyrics.

The video is below as well, but not my best singing effort, so I’ll have to redo it at some point, but I like the lyrical adjustments.

To be…

Vacuuming, yard work, and maybe some ghost hunting

Title screen cap from my Switch album

Last week I finally decided to play my first Luigi’s Mansion game. I picked up Luigi’s Mansion 3 for the Switch.

To get it out of the way, I’ll say I do like the game, but I am unable to fully engage because I cannot invert the vertical aim. This has been a common complaint for this game, so it’s not just me. While you can tilt the controller in an inverted way to look up and down, tilting is not the same feel as just doing it on the right thumb stick.

Okay, now that’s out of the way…

525,600 minutes …

One year ago today, my mom went home to Jesus.

It’s a weird mix of feelings because I know I should feel extra sad today, but I’m feeling more reminiscent than anything.

A lot has changed this past year. Most recently, through a series of circumstances, including mom’s life insurance portion getting us out of debt (per her wishes), we are finally living in the valley (Weslaco, TX area). This has been Juliet’s dream since we got married. …

Bible-thumping may be ineffective

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

I saw the question in the title posed on a Facebook friend’s timeline the other day, and it got me thinking. Rather than bombard his comment section, I thought it would be easier to give my own thoughts in this type of forum.

Jesus Freak”

I’ve always found the term “Jesus freak” a bit misleading when used in a condescending or derogatory way. Christ said that those who listen to His voice are not of this world, and that the world will hate them for His sake (John 17:16; Matthew 10:21–22). A portion of the dictionary definition of “freak” is:

A person…

Far greater than the cultural image of playing harps on clouds for eternity

Source: with author edits made for post purposes


It is one aspect of the Christian faith, with which even the world has some familiarity. It’s where we tell our children that our loved ones who have passed away are now residing. It’s Heaven. And, our understanding of the nature of Heaven, even for a believer in Christ, can be a bit inaccurate at times.

Cultural Inaccuracies
Culture has conditioned us to picture heaven incorrectly. The popular image of our dead relatives with angel wings playing harps on a cloud is a familiar, yet unrealistic, scene. No wonder we often don’t look forward to the next life. …

How the fictional book series led me back to the Gospel

A few years ago, upon discovering that I could have a library card as an adult, I began checking out audio books for download to my iPhone. There is a series of books that still hold a special place for me in life and faith. So, naturally, the first books I borrowed from the digital library were from that series.

When giving my testimony of what brought me fully into belief in Christ, I can’t discuss it without a nod to the Left Behind book series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B Jenkins. …

Chris Byers

Author of “A Dangerous Faith: Counting the Cost of a Life for Christ”. I will write on a variety of topics related to my various interests.

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