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    • GREAT FITTING HAND-ME-DOWNS
      “Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God.” (Ephesians 1:11) It was once common for families in which there were numerous siblings to pass down material possessions, particularly clothing, from one child to another. Depending where you were in the pec
    • THE ULTIMATE ATTENTION GRABBER
      “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.” (Psalm 119:71) He was hired by a major league baseball team to help get them to the World Series, and when they got there – he ended up sitting on the bench. In 2007, pitcher Barry Zito signed a seven-year, $126 million contra
    • SEEK GRACE OVER ENTITLEMENT
      “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) There are times when an overarching theme seems to exist in the news headlines of the day. Such was the case recently when I was watching a clip about the college admission scandals where
    • THE SWEET LIFE
      “How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey.” (Psalm 119:103) Has anyone ever tried to ‘sweet talk’ you? If you are known to have a competitive edge, were you challenged by the thought of a ‘sweet victory’ ahead? Or have you ever spent a lot of time bargaining for a certain outco
    • TOLERANCE
      “Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you.” (Colossians 3:13) It was an unusual question, particularly in light of the setting in which it was posed. Nonetheless, the political candidates engaged in questioning were asked: “What friendship have you had that would s
    • AUTUMN FINGERPRINTS
      “For they are like a breath of air; their days are like a passing shadow.” (Psalm 144:4) As I look out my window or take a walk through the park, it’s easy to see that the season is changing. We are reminded of the ending of the vibrancy of summer as evidenced by the beautiful flowers which have lo
    • WHO'S IN CHARGE OF YOU?
                              “But I am trusting you, O LORD, saying, ‘You are my God!’                            My future is in your hands.”  (Psalm 31:14-15a) You have no doubt seen the bumper stickers which profess, “God is My Co-pilot.”  The saying was perhaps taken from the 1943 Robert Lee Scott J
    • PAY ATTENTION TO THE SMALL THINGS
      “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin …" (Zechariah 4:10) As I began to reminisce about Aunt Sally, the thought of her brought a smile to my face. She was actually my mother’s aunt, but to all the family kids of my generation – she was one special lady.
    • CHASING HAPPINESS
      “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”                (Proverbs 11:25) “Now listen to what I said, in your life expect some trouble; When you worry you make it double.” These are just two lines from the lyrics of the well-known Bobby McFerrin song, Don’t Worry
    • . . . 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