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    • LOYALTY: A TWO-WAY STREET
      “Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder.                 Write them deep within your heart” (Proverbs 3:3). Customer loyalty programs have now been around for decades. Beginning in the 1980’s with frequent flyer miles, they have evolved into almost every f
    • THERE GO I
      “Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend's eye.” (Matthew 7:5). It’s one of my least favorite things. No matter what I do, I always seem to fail at this effort. “Metal,” I think to myself. “Anything metal.”  So I take
    • GOD'S GREATNESS REVISITED
      “Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness.” (Psalm 145:3) Each Fourth of July, the firework spectaculars are broadcast from different areas of our nation including Boston, Washington, D.C., and New York City. The musical performances seem to be finely-synchro
    • Bead for My Dying Friend
      …Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him- Luke 11:5-6 Would I be so inconsiderate to pound at the door of my neighbor at night and woke up his family just to borrow some bread to feed my friend?  Couldn't I just feed my
    • NO SERVICE
      “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1) Author and former President of the Moody Bible Institute, Dr. Joseph Stowell, once wrote for the Our Daily Bread devotional: “An acquaintance of mine was hunting with friends near Balmoral, the country estate of the quee
    • Back for your direction
      Lord Jesus, I'm back for your direction. I've emailed half of my clients to inform them of the change, and am waiting to hear back from anyone before emailing the other half tomorrow. What would you have me do next. Michael, simply take one step in faith. Everything is built one action at a ti
    • A Refuge City
      ...but there is only one refuge city that even a proven and a condemned murderer like me could seek protection and was surprisingly adopted as a son of the high priest. The Levi received no land, but they were assigned to live in many cities (Leviticus cities) scattered among the twelve tribes of
    • THE LOST ART OF HOSPITALITY
      “Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” (Romans 12:13) One of the best compliments I can ever receive is after someone has been to my home, they express appreciation for my hospitality.  Recently, I had a group of friends over for a dinner. I furnished a few items, but
    • Back, with the right heart
      Lord, I'm sorry about before. I was just excited about what I was reading about our relationship and the wisdom you've granted me over the years. But you're right, I wasn't coming to you with the respect you deserve. I'm sorry. It's alright Michael. Your apology is not needed for me, but it pu
    • I'm back!
      Lord, I'm back! I can't believe it's been so long... Almost 4 years??? And what brings me back? Of course... troubles. I'm in trouble Lord. My business is in trouble. What I've worked so hard for, seems to be teetering practically on the verge of collapse. I could go on, but I r
    • Our Father
      See what great love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him (1 John 3:1) It is excited to know that many in our lunch group talked about their great relationship with their f
    • FAITH INSURANCE
      "I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it would move. Nothing would be impossible." (Matthew 17:20) We crawl into our car to conduct one last visual check making sure we haven’t missed anything.  The ti
    • ONE JOYFUL REUNION
      “After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the               clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”                           (1 Thessalonians 4:17) At the age of five, a boy from India by the name of Saroo got sep
    • Worship in the Desert
      I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to
    • OLD DOGS, RISING CREEKS AND FAULTY PLANS
      “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” (Proverbs 16:9) I walk in a local park most weekdays with a close friend. Because we nearly always walk about the same time each day, we have gotten to know other folks who do likewise.  One older gentleman by the name of Harry maintains a
    • ARE WE THERE YET?
      "We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised." (Hebrews 6:12) As I pulled up the article about my favorite major league baseball team, I was intrigued by its title. The team has not contended in the post-season for many years
    • Not Until the Third Day
      "Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to each person according to what he has done".  (Revelation 22:12) Genesis recorded that God made the sun, moon and stars and placed them in the sky to give light to the earth, and separated of the sky, land, and the sea from a chaotic
    • THE SOLID FOUNDATION OF DOERS
      “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:17) As he stood up to speak at his friend’s funeral, he enthusiastically said these words: “Jim always showed up.” He went on to explain that his buddy predictably followed up on things he had heard about. If he went to
    • A Pair of Marvelous Hands
      There is a pair of marvelous hands given by the Lord to do the incredible works, to nurture and to guide me. Her health was failing fast; she could barely walk, her vision became dim, her memory weak, and her hands not steady; yet, she insisted to peel and slice her homegrown, tree-ripe pears for
    • SOMEBODY'S MOTHER
      “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30) “And on the 6th day, God looked down on Adam in his planned paradise and said, ‘I need a nurturer.’ So God made a mother. God said, ‘I need someone who feels deeply and loves fiercely, wh