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January 19, 2021

Thus Far

Thus Far

The words “thus far” are like a hand pointing in the direction of the past. Whether through poverty, wealth, sickness or health, whether at home or abroad, or on land, sea, or air and whether in honor, dishonor, difficulties, joy, trials, prayer or temptation – Thus far has the Lord helped. We always enjoy looking […]

January 12, 2021

Spontaneous Praise!

Spontaneous Praise!

When you are reading, do you sometimes jump ahead to find out “the rest of the story.”  I found myself doing that in mid-December when I was searching for a devotional for our December Deacons Meeting. I selected a devotional for December 25 from Henry Blackaby’s book, “Experiencing God Day by Day.” The beautiful thoughts […]

January 5, 2021

Forget the Former Things, Do Not Dwell on The Past

Forget the Former Things, Do Not Dwell on The Past

Well, it’s finally here. The end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. Do you think there is anyone who is not glad to see 2020 pass? I wonder how many people are looking to the new year for a fresh start? I know I am. To say this has been a difficult year, well […]

December 22, 2020

“CHRISTMAS BELLS” By: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“CHRISTMAS BELLS”    By: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I heard the bells on Christmas day, their old familiar carols play    And wild and sweet, the words repeat of peace on earth, good will to men.  And thought how, as the day had come the belfries of all Christendom,  Had rolled along th’un-broken song of peace on earth, good will to men.  Then from […]

December 15, 2020

Santa Claus is coming to town….

Santa Claus is coming to town….

Oh, the happy memories from childhood.  We all have them.  The excitement, the anticipation, even the hidden disappointment if the gift was not the exact toy we wanted. These traditions are treasures that we may carry on, build upon or change in our own families. As a child of about 10 years old, I remember […]

December 8, 2020

Learn to Listen and Lift Hearts in the Process

Learn to Listen and Lift Hearts in the Process

Listen. Good listeners are in short supply. It takes time and requires patience. It also develops friendships and promotes healing. Listeners don’t have answers. Listeners aren’t afraid of silence. They are comfortable with just being there. Good listeners are a gift from God. The golden rule of listening is “listen unto others as you would […]

December 1, 2020

“What Do You Do With What You’ve Got”

“What Do You Do With What You’ve Got”

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…   Psalm 139:14 This is not Anatomy 101 but have you ever stopped to think about how fearfully and wonderfully we are made? Do you think God is pleased with his creation? Are you using your body to bring glory to God and witness in […]

November 24, 2020

TAUGHT BY TURKEYS

TAUGHT BY TURKEYS

As I was going through my DAILY BREAD devotional book for this quarter I ran across this article by Adam R. Holz. At this time of year, we think and talk a lot about turkeys. I was particularly intrigued by the definition of a group of turkeys—a “rafter” of turkeys. I had heard of a […]

November 17, 2020

BE YE KIND

BE YE KIND

Not long ago, my brother told me about an experience he had as a young boy which I had never heard about.  He told me that he had never talked about it much, but thinking about it has always made him feel good.  Now that he has shared this memory with me, thinking about it […]

November 10, 2020

The Church and State

The Church and State

With all that’s going on before and during the election, I have been wondering what the Bible says about governance.  I found this in Rom.13:1-7. THE STARTING POINT:  GOD’S SOVERIGNITY:  God, the creator and sustainer of all creation, is in perfect eternal control.  He places His officials in their position for His ultimate glory and […]

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