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      “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” (Proverbs 27:17) February 13, 1831 was the birthdate of John Aaron Rawlins, a man who could have easily made little of his life. However, he overcame an impoverished family background and limited education. Rawlins became known as a self-made
      The LORD says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. (Psalm 32:8) On a cold, rainy morning of February 11, 1861, one day before his 52nd birthday, President-elect Abraham Lincoln boarded a two-car private train loaded with his family’s belongi
      “So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them…”(Genesis 1:27) He suffered from depression for many years and underwent psychiatric treatment. Married three times, his personal relationships were described by some as troubled. Defined as a nervous man who contemp
      "This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day, says the LORD: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds." (Hebrews 10:16) Over a century ago on January 25, 1915, Alexander Graham Bell spoke on a telephone call from New York City to his former assist
      “For the fool speaks folly, and his heart is busy with iniquity, to practice ungodliness, to utter error concerning the Lord, to leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied, and to deprive the thirsty of drink.” (Isaiah 32:6) He suffered from depression throughout much of his life. At the age of 12
    • The Field Trip
      "The Field Trip" by Greg Elsasser This spectacular novel is packed with action and suspense.  There is also a healthy dose of humor.  In the very first scene, Chasen Derrick is hired by Dysart Academy to teach English.  He can't see why the school wants him so much, or why they're offering him su
      “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” (Ephesians 3:20) In January of 1815, the War of 1812 was not going well for the United States. When we remember Andrew Jackson’s role in the conflict known as t
    • Moving From Broken to Beautiful Through Grief
      "Moving From Broken to Beautiful Through Grief" by Yvonne Ortega When I heard that my son had cancer for the third time, my attitude wasn't very good.  I was angry with God and Satan and everyone who annoyed me in the slightest.  So when I found this book was available to me, I decided to read it
       “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12) I once heard a story about a man who was shipwrecked. After the sole survivor reached a small, uninhabited island, he prayed for
    • TO BE CONTINUED . . .
      "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:20) It’s that time of the season when many of us subscribe to the old adage, “Out with the old, in with the new.”  For many, it’s a chance to have an imaginary clean slate. I don’t know about you, but for the most part - I l
    • The Christ's Day
      Today is Christmas day or Christ's Day which we have waited a long time. Christmas is Emmanuel meaning God is with us. Christmas is the love that God promised to redeem us fallen humanity in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:15) in a form of a human baby Jesus Christ born in the manger a little over
      “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14) It was Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year. I was checking online for the prices of TV’s, trying to make a decision if I had the best price o
      “Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions  even as I delivered them to you.” (I Corinthians 11:2) There is probably no holiday that highlights the practice of tradition more than Christmas.  One family saves their Christmas tree following the season. As th
      “And then he told them, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” (Mark 16:15) “Now you’d better be good, because Santa’s coming in a few weeks. If you don’t act the way you should, instead of those presents you want - he’ll bring you a lump of coal.” As children become excited
    • Your Word Took Hold of My heart
      Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4) Twenty years ago the Lord came to me: His word took hold of my heart, and gradually my interest in watercolor painting vanished.  I used to paint throughout the night when the whole house was silent and my husb
      “I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.” (Isaiah 43:11) I was decorating my light post and the bushes in front of my home for Christmas. A former work colleague who saw me as he was driving by pulled over, got out of the car and began to reminisce. The weather was fairly mild
                     “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.”                        (1 Chronicles 16:34) I once knew a lady who would respond the same way each time she was asked the question, “How are you?”  In the time I knew her, her answer never varied. It was al
      “Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.” (Ephesians 5:1) The little girl stood on the seat of the booth looking over the divider that separated the eating area and an entrance hallway into the restaurant. Not more than a few years old, she began to smile an
    • God Does Provide What We Need!
      I just wanted to share this experience with you.  I live in Burbank, and my niece asked me if I would take her to the LAX Flyaway in Van Nuys.  I had been there before, but it was a long time ago.  We took the freeway to get there, and she made it to her bus with no problem.  When I got back to the
      “Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 2:3) It is at this time of the year when we remember those who fought for our country, allowed themselves to be put in harm’s way, and who we have come to observe on a special holiday known as Veteran’s Day. The phrase