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    • THE KEY TO YOUR ESCAPE
      “I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.”             (Psalm 34:4) Inspired by video technology, the concept of an ‘escape game’ has become a trendy experience. Consisting of an action team­ positioned in a real-life location - players cooperatively discover clues,
    • LIVING UPRIGHT IN AN UPSIDE-DOWN WORLD
      “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.” (Psalm 33:12) When I visited the bird store in the spring, I told my ‘bird man’ that I wished to decrease the bird population in my yard over the summer since there is an abundance of natural food in supply for
    • LIFE HANGING IN THE BALANCE
      “A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is his delight.” (Proverbs 11:1) When 24 Republican congressmen gathered in Alexandria, Virginia around 6:30 a.m. on June 14, 2017 to practice for their annual Congressional Charity Baseball Game, little did they know that their live
    • IF YOU MUST . . . USE SOAP
      “Take control of what I say, O LORD, and guard my lips.” (Psalm 141:3) There was a day when many will remember that the use of a cuss word would immediately invoke the image of one’s mother holding a bar of soap. Claiming that she would wash out your mouth if she ever heard it again – it was more o
    • I JUST WANTED TO HEAR IT AGAIN
      And, "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."  (2 Corinthians 6:18) We have an ongoing joke in our family. When someone says, “I love you” – the other person replies “What?” It’s an imitation of the commercial. You know the one. An older gentleman
    • FINDING PERFECT PEACE
      “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” (Psalm 34:14). As I took my daily walk around the local park, it suddenly occurred to me that something was not quite right. Then I realized that the normally tranquil path which is usually populated with squirrels, chipmunks and ducks by the
    • ONE OF A KIND
      “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,        I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14) At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where the famous ‘Indy 500’ is held each May, there is permanent seating for more than 257,000 people and additional infield seating
    • ULTIMATE SACRIFICES
      “This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations . . .” (Exodus 12:14) The word sacrifice can be defined in many ways. When a major league baseball player gets called out but is able to advance a base runner from his own team, the
    • JUST SHOW UP
      “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them.”  (Proverbs 3:27) My mother often told the story of her mother’s way of reaching out to others.  When my grandmother heard about someone at the other end of the street who was going through a tough time, she would
    • BECOMING A COMPLETE PERSON
      “May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” (Ephesians 3:19) In modern society, the concepts of self-image, self-esteem and self-love have become hot topics and the s
    • THE WHOLE NINE YARDS
      “A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched.” (Proverbs 28:25) As I was conversing with my neighbor, he was telling me about all the outdoor improvement projects he had planned for the warm weather months.  He concluded by stating, “We’re going for the whole n
    • FAITH TESTED BY FIRE
                                 “When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;                             the flames will not set you ablaze.” (Isaiah 43:2) The famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is a spiritual pilgrimage for many. For others its fame grew because of Victor Hugo’s classic n
    • THEN CAME MORNING
      "In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” (Psalm 5:3) If a tree falls in the woods and there is no one there to hear it – is there still a sound?  Remember that question you were probably asked and pondered as a child? It was learne
    • BARGAINING WITH GOD
      “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above . . .” (John 19:11) The practice of bartering has been going on for thousands of years. Each of us most likely did this when we were young, sometimes trading lunch items at school. Even today we occasionally engage in swapping
    • LIKE-MINDED
      “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10) Woven in and out of the fabric of one’s life are many persons, some of whom become quite special t
    • LEARN HOW TO LISTEN
      “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!” (Matthew 11:15) Remember when you were a child, you were no doubt told with great frequency that you needed to listen.  The concept of listening at that age meant obeying.  As one grows older, it’s more about paying attention. And, yes – ther
    • NEVER VERY FAR AWAY
      "And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19) In 1895, a former slave by the name of Booker T. Washington gave what later came to be known as the Atlanta Compromise speech. He used the fo
    • PRAYING FOR YOU
      “So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you.” (Colossians 1:9) “I guess people take me seriously, because they keep giving me names.”  The statement was made by a friend of mine making reference to the fact that she is frequently requested to pray for folks she doesn’t ev
    • TRUE GENEROSITY
      “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”         (Proverbs 11:25) In the midst of the Great Depression, a mother of seven becomes frustrated that no one in the family seems to be pulling their weight in completing their assigned chores. So she stages what she ca
    • TILL WE MEET AGAIN
      “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”   (Romans 6:23) One Sunday afternoon in late winter, I decided to go for a walk to get some fresh air. Several blocks from my home, I passed a small church and happened to notice the billboard. In additio