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Whales, Worthless Idols and Grace (Revised)

I wrote these words a few years ago.  Today they ring even clearer as our world chases worthless idols.  All around us is the quest for the idols of the world…fame, success, money…and yet in the quest for those things we forfeit the most important thing. Your choice (and mine) is simple…worthless idols or grace. […]

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Still He Speaks

Ps 46:10 BE STILL…and know that I AM God Romans 10:17 – Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God Sometimes when everything is going great – we forget to listen to the Lord – Still HE speaks Sometimes the tears flow daily – we forget to listen to the Lord – […]

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Barren

God does his best work with barren things. He built nations from barren wombs. Sarah, Abraham’s wife, was barren and yet from her God built a nation of millions! Elizabeth was barren and from her came John the Baptist. In Exodus 17 God led his people into a barren desert and in a place where […]

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Forgiveness

What should we do when people to whom we have given our trust betray that trust? Should we be angry and refuse to trust those people again? What if our car breaks down, causing us great frustration and inconvenience? Do we not take the proper steps to fix it so we can drive it again? […]

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God’s Plans…

In the last week our family has been praying for something very specific….….it didn’t happen.Now comes the normal responses of all of us as we seek to know what God is doing… I prayed, why didn’t he answer? This was really important to me, how could he not do it? Is there really a God […]

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Have You Achieved Enlightenment?

Not me! But it’s not like I haven’t been looking for it…… No, I am not a Buddhist (and I mean no disrespect towards Buddhists) but I have nonetheless been searching for “comprehension” most of my life. I have spent this life running aimlessly from one thing to another searching for something that I could use to say […]

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Seeking God

“Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.” -Isaiah 55 This morning, just after sunrise, I went for a long walk in the woods. If you are ever in a place like this you have to walk out into the woods and be still, listen, pray and praise.  That was […]

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Building Forts or Equipping Knights?

In the last week I have visited with several couples about their angst and concern for their kids.  The normal response for most Christian parents I have met is to build a fort to keep their kids safe, to protect them from the “world”.  The problem with that plan is that one day these kids […]

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A New Nazarene…

Like the Nazarite of the Old Testament, young Mason Lott, grew his hair to honor the Lord and in service of those in need. While growing his hair long since preschool, Mason, seven, always had in his mind to donate his golden locks to Children With Hair Loss. Though taunted by his peers, he always […]

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Memorial Day

Found these awesome videos to share with you on this Memorial Day. May God Bless you and our country! For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.  William Penn   Memorial Day Tribute   History of Memorial Day

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Quiet Time

Quiet time I think our culture needs a time out….a quiet time out.  This morning, EARLY this morning, I’m reading,  praying, thinking…and in my ears is noise all around. The neighbors next door fighting, the neighbors behind me hollering at their kids, dogs barking in response, airplanes flying overhead, will you all please be quiet! […]

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The slide to despair

It happens quickly. It happens easily. At least it does with me. Discouragement…. Disappointment…. Dejection…. Despondency… Depression and then despair. It’s a quick slide from the first thoughts of discouragement to the pit of despair. It happens so quickly that it’s often a surprise to find we have come to utter despair and hopelessness. David […]

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Sunrise or sunset?

Is it sunset or sunrise? Is the day beginning or ending? Is light coming or will it be darkness? What lies ahead? . This was a topic of discussion in C.S. Lewis’ book, The Great Divorce. Both in heaven and in hell it was twilight. In both places the residents anticipated the dawn, but it’s […]

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Baggage

“Life is largely a matter of luggage.” -Frank Boreham, The Luggage of life I’m always amazed at how much we are willing to carry with us that is completely unnecessary. We are masters at gathering baggage. The burden of the load slows our journey, distracts our minds and confuses our relationships. John Bunyan wrote about […]

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Second Thessalonians: The ABCs

Authorship, Background, and Contents  Authorship Second Thessalonians claims to be written by the apostle Paul, but it is sometimes grouped among the “disputed” letters; that is, its genuineness as a letter of the apostle is doubted, on the basis of internal evidence. “External evidence” refers to the historical data, such as quotations by other early […]

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Follow Their Example

I’m always amazed at just how awesome the love of God is. When we stop focusing on our past mistakes, failures and current fears and turn our eyes towards the Lord, we’ll see just how amazing HE is. The Creator of the Universe, the ONE the wind and waves OBEY… will come to our rescue. […]

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A Promise Kept

Because of this single promise found in Luke 18:33 “And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again” we can stand strong in His strength. Because Jesus rose again…. We don’t have to fear tomorrow or face it alone We have peace that surpasses all understanding […]

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First Thessalonians: The ABCs

Authorship, Background, and Contents    Authorship   The letter begins with “Paul, Silas and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you” (1:1). Paul occasionally associates others’ names with his own in addressing his letters (2 Thessalonians, Philippians), but the true author […]

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Alone

One of the grim realities of life is that we are alone. In the middle of a busy city with others all around we are alone. … This “aloneness” is one of the results of the fall, but is mostly ignored by writers. We simply don’t talk about it. Man, designed to be in constant […]

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God in the Furnace

It’s often hard to see God, to see his hand, his work in our lives. It’s often hard to sense his presence, but for the believer he’s ever present. In fact, he says he will never leave us, but most of the time we don’t sense his presence, we aren’t aware of his care.For me […]

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In A Valley

I’m in a valley. It’s true. Have been for about a month now AND I love it! I do! I’m working in beautiful Salem Virginia. Mountains are everywhere I look. The ride to and from each week has been gorgeous with the color of the leaves changing to burnt orange and bright reds. Megan even […]

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How Love & Respect Impact our Marriage

The tears slid silently down her cheeks, dampening the pillow.  Anger covering deep hurt dispersed sleep. The twenty-one years of her life dedicated to marriage and family seemed empty and wasted.  After all, what did she have to show for any of it?  Sure, her children loved her, but they were nearly on their own, […]