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    • 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
    • UNDERESTIMATING HIS POWER
      “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
    • BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS
       “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
    • DIVINE INTERRUPTION
      “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
    • TRADITION
      “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
    • WITHHOLDING CHRISTMAS
      “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
    • THE NEED FOR A SAVIOR
      “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
    • PLENTY TO BE THANKFUL FOR
                     “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
    • RELFLECTING WHO WE ARE
      “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
    • IN HARM'S WAY
      “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
    • GROUNDED . . . A PLACE OF QUIET REST
      "Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away." (Luke 8:13) They worshiped together every Sunday. The service was a simple one with the old hymns of the church, fami
    • IDOLS: NO CONTEST FOR A PURE HEART
      “But the God of Israel is no idol! He is the Creator of everything that exists, including his people, his own special possession.” (Jeremiah 51:19) It has been described by some to be one of the most impactful shows in American television history determined by its ratings and the number of stars it
    • He Will Continue
      … Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses…-Isaiah 6:11 My heart was heavy after I visited my old uncle two weeks ago. He still has a small open wound on his body where the puss comes out of his gall bladder. He staggers as he walks for not using the walker and the wheelchair. He can
    • PRAYING IN TIGHT SPOTS
      "When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn.” (Psalm 142:3) As my friend mentally prepared herself to go for the MRI ordered by her physician, she couldn’t help but think of the confined tunnel-like scanning machine into which she would be placed. She understood the diagnostic adva
    • RIDICULOUS REQUESTS
      “God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24) He’s down on his luck. Recently he lost his job, his girlfriend broke up with him, he’s considered suicide, and then he’s forced to leave the city and move back home with his recently widowed sister and her daught