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    • 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
    • FRIEND OR FAN?
      “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4) I look forward to this time of year. When I hear that pitchers and catchers are reporting for spring training, I know that the start of baseball season is only weeks away.  Over the last few years, though, it
    • THE BIGGER PERSON
      “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,                                                             as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)  A number of years ago, a young man who worked for me came into my office and sat down. I could see that he was not having a goo
    • WAY TOO LONG
      “A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.” (Proverbs 16:27) A lady writes to one of those “Dear Dr…” columns about a complaint she has had for over forty years. She states that she has what can be described as a “burning tongue.” Her personal physician apparently showe
    • THE SHADOW LEFT BEHIND
      The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand.” (Psalm 121:5) Every year on February 2 since 1887 in the western Pennsylvania community of Punxsutawney, some devout followers make their pilgrimage to a famous part of town known as Gobbler's Knob. Donning black top hats, officia
    • The Reluctant Disciple
      THE RELUCTANT DISCIPLE by Jim O'Shea It was a risk writing a story about end times after the huge popularity of the Left Behind series.  But Jim O'Shea gave the events an interesting twist with the paranormal activity. TV host Ryan Kates has a large following due to the increase in UFO sightin
    • EXCEPT WHEN . . .
      “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’   And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’" (Isaiah 6:8). I smiled when I read the following Help Wanted ad for a local restaurant. It stated: “Scattered hours. Every Monday 4:00-9:30, every Friday and every other Sat
    • BECOMING UNOFFENDABLE
      “Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you.”   (Colossians 3:13) A fast-speaking TV weatherman with several decades of experience was talking over a visual of a local park named after Martin Luther King, Jr. while presenting the then-current weather conditions. As h
    • EVERLASTING
      "And this is what he promised us--eternal life.” (1 John 2:25) The story is told that there was once a boy who found himself in trouble for a silly childish mistake. Ashamed, he went to the park and began to cry beneath a tree when a Good Fairy appeared asking him why he was weeping. When he explai