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    • 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
    • IN THE SHADOW OF HIS WINGS
      “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3) In a conversation with a funeral director, he cited the story about the burial of an underprivileged woman who had lived for years in the county poor house. Over the time she r
    • TAKING A STAND
                      “They are to stand every morning to thank and to praise the LORD,                         and likewise at evening . . . ”   (1 Chronicles 23:30) A friend of mine was sharing an experience she had during a visit with her daughter and son-in-law. While she was there, her young grandso
    • 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-