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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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Turning Loose …

“Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.” (Philippians 3:8) It rained last night.  Actually it stormed for awhile and then it was gone.  […]

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A Beam of Sunlight …

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you.  He will not leave you nor forsake you.  (Deuteronomy 31:6) Stop for just a moment and re-read this passage of Scripture and think about it … Some days […]

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One Corner of the Universe …

“For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:8) There is no pleasure to be found in going in for a doctor’s visit and realizing that you not only were not prepared for the actual visit […]

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The Hardest Math of All

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name!  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”  (Psalm 103:1-2) Some folks seem to be born with an innate interest in math while others acquire an interest in elementary or secondary education.  I was not […]

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Furrowed Hearts … Tilled by Trust

“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from Heaven, and do not return there, But water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return […]

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Keep Turning Those Pages …

“For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.” (Ezra 7:10) On various websites as we view the contents of a book, magazine or even circulars, we will often find a little arrow in the upper right-hand corner that […]

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As They Leave the Nest

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16, ESV) It is at this time of year … when flowers bloom, yards green up, kids who have been kids for a long time … have grown […]

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Warnings from God’s Handiwork

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.  Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge.”          (Psalm 19:1-2) The Psalmist who knew the Lord God so well confirms that our God has revealed Himself through His creation and through His inspired word.  It is up to man […]

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She Gave What Was Needed …

“Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come.” (Proverbs 31:25) While driving down a less-traveled road recently I noticed one of the road signs down on the shoulder all crumbled, mangled and very much neglected and serving no use to those traveling that road. This scene reminded about life and […]

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