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    • Having Truly Seen and Heard
      My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.” (Job 42:5) No doubt you have at one time or another been criticized for not listening.  When you were a teenager - you were probably told when asked to look for something that you failed to see what was right in front of you. Even as
    • Mother May I?
      “When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.” (Proverbs 31:26) It’s hard to escape childhood without participating in at least one game of “Mother May I.”  More gender-neutral variations on the theme have included “father” or “captain” as the leader. The g
    • Before It's Too Late
      “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:20) In the storyline of an old Little House on the Prairie episode titled “If I should Wake Before I Die” - an 80-year-old widow feels
    • A Simple Trust
      “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.” (Luke 16:10) Let your mind wander back to the day you first learned how to ride a bike. You are nervous as you hop onto the seat of your shiny new Schwinn, but you trust the adult who stands at your side—and, of co
    • New Normal . . . New You
      “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”       (2 Corinthains 5:17) How dramatic does an event have to be to bring about permanent change? It is a question often asked following a human tragedy or otherwise c
    • Gathering and Scattering
      “A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away.” (Ecclesiastes 3:5) Months ago, I bumped into a lady I had gotten to know through a local business which I frequented. She no longer worked there, and it had been awhile since I had seen her. Throu
    • How Easily They Forget
      “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) It’s always enlightening to me that whenever there is something novel, unique, or otherwise trending – people will be drawn toward it. When this occurs, we may
    • Leaning and Coping in Anxious Times
      “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” (Proverbs 12:25) It takes something rather dramatic to bring a society together. Certainly events like the Great Depression, the attacks of Pearl Harbor and 9/11, as well as the Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020 are good examples where th
    • Social Distancing
      “The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.” (Psalm 41:3) It’s interesting to see how people react when life as they knew it yesterday is suddenly different today. When we have to exp
    • Living a Life of Excess
      “Then he said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.’" (Luke 12:15) Years ago, I went to a birthday party for a young child. In attendance were several neighborhood children and some adult relatives. So, there
    • Making a Deal with the Devil
      “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say,  ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’” (Matthew 4:10) When wars become prolonged, thousands of lives have been sacrificed, and it seems as though there is no rational conclusion to an otherwise endless conflic
    • On a Beautiful Music Journey
      “Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings…” (Psalm 33:3) Over the course of the latter part of the 1900’s, a major bus line used the slogan - “Leave the Driving to Us.”  The campaign tag line periodically appeared for over four decades in much of the company’s advertising, fr
    • Planting Seeds for the Kingdom
      “The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens.” (Mark 4:26-27) A comment made years ago by a politician recently surfaced. This can be most unhelpful if t
    • Love Regardless
      “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.” (Proverbs 10:12) A number of years ago, I was having a visit with a friend whom I had known for over three decades. During this get-together - I was sitting bedside, next to her in the nursing home where she now resided. I suspected it
    • The State of Your Union
      “How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity!" (Psalm 133:1) Each year in the United States, the President delivers a State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. The address fulfills a Constitutional requirement, during which the President traditionally ou
    • Larger Than Life Itself
      “Let the one who is wise heed these things and ponder the loving deeds of the LORD.” (Psalm 107:43) As I sat to the left of the lady being honored, it seemed as though I had known her and many members of her family for a long time. We had gathered at a local restaurant in recognition of her one-
    • Unfinished Business
      "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.      Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (Luke 6:37) After working an overtime shift on September 26, 2018, a 30-year-old Dallas Police Officer of four years entered her apartment b
    • Heading Down a Slippery Slope
      “Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools.” (Romans 1:22) Statistics show that many people who give skiing a try—regardless of age—never return to the slope after their first day due to the fact that they were ill-prepared. Becoming a successful skier requires stability, strength, ba
    • Listen More . . . Babble Less
      “But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness. (2 Timothy 2:16) Mary was one of those persons who seemingly knew something about everything, and she would be the first to tell you.  People who knew her well would sarcastically say that “what Mary doesn
    • Readiness for the Storms Ahead
      “He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves.” (Psalm 107:29) It doesn’t much matter how many resolutions you have made or how many good luck sandwiches you have eaten - one can expect that in this new year you will likely have some form of turbulence in your life. We all experience s