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    • COULD IT BE . . . SATAN?
      “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) In the Golden Age of Television, actor Flip Wilson kept America in stitches with his characters "Reverend Leroy," the pompous pastor of the ‘Church of What's H
    • ABSOLUTE SELFLESSNESS
      “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it's in your power to help them.” (Proverbs 3:27) The story has been told of a young boy who had a sister with a rare, life-threatening illness not much older than himself.  Since the brother once had the same disease and developed antibodies, it
    • SHADOWBOXING WITH YOUR REPUTATION
                                        “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,                                     and favor is better than silver or gold” (Proverbs 22:1). As they pulled the old paneling from the partitions in the basement of their recently purchased home, the young coup
    • WORKING GOD'S GARDEN
      “You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.” (Psalm 128:2) A neighbor of mine told me recently about a new piece of lawn equipment he had purchased. As he began to study the owner’s manual, he noticed that every page contained boldly hig
    • GLIMPSES OF GOD
      “Darkness comes upon them in the daytime; at noon they grope as in the night.” (Job 5:14) Thousands had gathered in anticipation of their arrival. Several hundred reporters, photographers and cameramen from radio, television and the press were also standing by. The feverish attention they created w
    • ON BEING OFFENDED
      “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” (James 1:19) While channel surfing recently, I came across a documentary tour of one of America’s state capitol buildings. The narrator included descriptions of the gold painted r
    • REFERENCE CHECK
                        “For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind,                                     the man Christ Jesus…” (1 Timothy 2:5). There’s an old expression known as ‘vouching for someone.’  One might say, “Sure you can extend credit to Pete. I’ll vouch for him because I
    • FOUL
      “Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.” (Proverbs 19:11) In 2003, Steve Bartman became instantly famous for a reason he in no way intended. He was rapidly labeled as the evil fan who allegedly cost the Chicago Cubs a potential clinching win during Game 6 of
    • FIRST THINGS FIRST
      “The first of your firstfruits of your land you shall bring to the house of the Lord your God.” (Exodus 23:19) There’s an old story about a lighthouse keeper who was beloved by the people of a small shore town. Frequently they would stop by to visit him, because it seemed that he was always on duty
    • See the Rope and Remember Me
       “Now then, please swear to me by the Lord that you will show kindness to my family because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them—and that you will save us from death.”-Joshua 2:12-
    • LOYALTY: A TWO-WAY STREET
      “Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder.                 Write them deep within your heart” (Proverbs 3:3). Customer loyalty programs have now been around for decades. Beginning in the 1980’s with frequent flyer miles, they have evolved into almost every f
    • THERE GO I
      “Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend's eye.” (Matthew 7:5). It’s one of my least favorite things. No matter what I do, I always seem to fail at this effort. “Metal,” I think to myself. “Anything metal.”  So I take
    • GOD'S GREATNESS REVISITED
      “Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness.” (Psalm 145:3) Each Fourth of July, the firework spectaculars are broadcast from different areas of our nation including Boston, Washington, D.C., and New York City. The musical performances seem to be finely-synchro
    • Bead for My Dying Friend
      …Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him- Luke 11:5-6 Would I be so inconsiderate to pound at the door of my neighbor at night and woke up his family just to borrow some bread to feed my friend?  Couldn't I just feed my
    • NO SERVICE
      “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1) Author and former President of the Moody Bible Institute, Dr. Joseph Stowell, once wrote for the Our Daily Bread devotional: “An acquaintance of mine was hunting with friends near Balmoral, the country estate of the quee
    • Back for your direction
      Lord Jesus, I'm back for your direction. I've emailed half of my clients to inform them of the change, and am waiting to hear back from anyone before emailing the other half tomorrow. What would you have me do next. Michael, simply take one step in faith. Everything is built one action at a ti
    • A Refuge City
      ...but there is only one refuge city that even a proven and a condemned murderer like me could seek protection and was surprisingly adopted as a son of the high priest. The Levi received no land, but they were assigned to live in many cities (Leviticus cities) scattered among the twelve tribes of
    • THE LOST ART OF HOSPITALITY
      “Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” (Romans 12:13) One of the best compliments I can ever receive is after someone has been to my home, they express appreciation for my hospitality.  Recently, I had a group of friends over for a dinner. I furnished a few items, but
    • Back, with the right heart
      Lord, I'm sorry about before. I was just excited about what I was reading about our relationship and the wisdom you've granted me over the years. But you're right, I wasn't coming to you with the respect you deserve. I'm sorry. It's alright Michael. Your apology is not needed for me, but it pu
    • I'm back!
      Lord, I'm back! I can't believe it's been so long... Almost 4 years??? And what brings me back? Of course... troubles. I'm in trouble Lord. My business is in trouble. What I've worked so hard for, seems to be teetering practically on the verge of collapse. I could go on, but I r