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    • . . . AND YOU INVITED ME IN
       “I have never turned away a stranger but have opened my doors to everyone.” (Job 31:32) A sometimes-overlooked story occurred on 9/11/2001, one that should never be forgotten. It happened as a result of the terrorist attacks in America but occurred instead in a small Canadian town of Gander on the
    • . . . AND YOU VISITED ME
        “I will be your God throughout your lifetime— until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.” (Isaiah 46:4) The conversation I overheard was between two friends, one of whom was caring for her sick mother at home. She was speaking in a
    • THE BLESSINGS OF WORK . . . AND REST
      “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord             rather than for people.” (Colossians 3:23) I recently heard a politician promising that if he was elected, he would have policies that would improve the infrastructure in our country resulting in the creation of
    • COME AS YOU ARE
      “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone,               the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17) As the preacher of the newly founded church stepped up to deliver his message, he appeared in front of his new congregation in a sweat shirt and torn jeans. While th
    • LET YOUR YES BE YES
      “Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name.” (Deuteronomy 6:13) As I watched a favorite TV drama, the show began to concentrate on that historic period in our nation following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Many young men were being called to serve their country, and other
    • SPIRITUAL GROANING
      “O LORD, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning.” (Psalm 5:1) Have you heard the one about the lady who glued her lips together resulting in her inability to literally get a word in edgewise? It’s actually a true story. In 2003, a 64-year-old woman from New Zealand called the emergency ser
    • MOVING MOUNTAINS
                    “I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.”                  (1 Corinthians 2:5) As I drove from my hometown to a neighboring community, I could not help but marvel at the new section of highway being developed.  About midway through the 30-mile trek,
    • THE BOSS OF THE WHOLE WORLD
      “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”                        (2 Timothy 1:7) My friend has often reminded me of the story of her son when he was just a child. One snowy evening as he sat next to her, he begged her to stay home from work the next day. She inf
    • HITTING THE PAUSE BUTTON
       “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) A friend informs you that your neighbor has just been nominated to receive recognition as a generous community servant. Over the course of the last few months, this
    • 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