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Carving Our Name on Hearts or Marble?

“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”  (Romans 5:3-5) (NKJV) Hallmark movies are so predictable.  Individuals […]

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“Would You Hold My Hand?”

“My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.”  (Psalm 63:8) While preparing to fly home after a week-long meeting in the upper Midwest part of the country, this question was asked of me by a complete stranger. The pilot had already warned us of bad weather … it was already raining pretty hard as […]

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Being Better at What We are Doing

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 4:19) With recognition of just how great and wonderful our Heavenly Father truly is …we have the opportunity to walk more closely with Him on a daily basis. As the old but encouraging hymn describes, In The […]

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Papa Bear & Hunny and our Cubs

“Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life.  And teach them to your children and your grandchildren.” (Deuteronomy 4:9) Reading Daniel Tiger several times a day doesn’t grow old and neither […]

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“I Am Coming Quickly …”

“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming quickly.’  Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”  (Revelation 22:20) A number of years ago while preaching in a gospel meeting; something happened that changed my life forever. As I was sitting on the front row and services started, the name was announced for the […]

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Take an Honest Look …

“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith.  Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ in in you? unless indeed you are disqualified.” (2 Corinthians 13:5) The Bible enjoins examination!  It calls upon each one of us to do periodic checks of our spiritual welfare in order to ascertain whether […]

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Beware of the Label …

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20) He had just finished preaching a very sobering and powerful sermon on the subject of SIN.  After the service, one of the leaders of the […]

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“Don’t You Have Room at Your Table for Just One More?”

“For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.” (Psalm 27:10) The bags are being packed early … just in case.  The travel arrangements have already been made.  Time off from work has already been approved.  What’s this all about? Lord willing my wife of 50+ years, along […]

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How Is Your Soul?

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?  Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”  (Mark 8:36, 37) It could be said of so many that they are guilty of taking for granted that their souls are healthy and doing pretty […]

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Why Try Smiling?

“A merry heart does good like medicine …” (Proverbs 17:22) Sometimes this writer will play a little game in dealing with people …especially those who seem to be having a bad day or might be just a little on the grouchy side.  It is not a mean or unkind game … it is a genuine […]

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