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THE MAGI AND THE GIFT

THE MAGI AND THE GIFT The journey… We traveled far -- led by a Star -- from a land hungry for light, To find the infant Hebrew King, whose glory rose so bright. Gifts we’d chosen just for him – treasures of our land. How could we think to see his face with only empty… Continue reading THE MAGI AND THE GIFT

Stuck

Ever felt stuck? Just not going anywhere? Nothing seemed to work to get loose and get you going again? Would you believe the Bible talks about being stuck? 1 Samuel 26:7 KJV [7] So David and Abishai came to the people by night: and, behold, Saul lay sleeping within the trench, and his spear stuck… Continue reading Stuck

Horror Story

This time of year many people become fascinated with the concept of horror. Movie-goers inundate themselves with flicks depicting things they hope never happen, but enjoy imagining are real for the moment. Nice families decorate their yards with images they should pray never meet up with them in real life. So what about horror? Is… Continue reading Horror Story

When did the Gospel change?

Is the church today supposed to be like the church in the Book of Acts? If not, when did it change? Some things very obviously changed from the Old Testament to the New: 1) sacrifice for sin was completed by Jesus' work on Calvary (Hebrews 10:1-18) 2) eating foods prohibited under the Law of Moses… Continue reading When did the Gospel change?

In your hands

"Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your heart..." Psalm 95:7-8 How we hear the Word of God is in our hands. We have the power to soften or to harden our own hearts when the Word is preached: to respond with humble brokenness or with stiff pride. Many think it's a mystery… Continue reading In your hands

Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the Holocaust, and history in the making

What makes sane, intelligent people choose to follow a Hitler? To assist in rounding up, imprisoning, torturing, and murdering an entire race of people? The war to stop Hitler ended a mere fourteen years before I came on the scene of humanity, and it has held a sort of painful fascination for me most of… Continue reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the Holocaust, and history in the making

Cut loose!

So how long ago did you last try to use a pair of those kindergarten scissors? You know, the round-ended safety scissors that only cut paper -- or, maybe they'll cut paper, if you hold your mouth right.  You may remember trying to use them one night your child mysteriously learned that a project for… Continue reading Cut loose!

So, what gets you?

You're strong, successful in your sphere of influence, important to people close to you -- perhaps even to some you'll never meet in person.  That didn't happen by accident. To accomplish what you have, you've chosen carefully the paths you've taken, rejecting what wasn't compatible.  To maintain what you've achieved, you've guarded your perimeter:  you've… Continue reading So, what gets you?

Two things I bet you can’t do at one time

Walk and chew bubblegum!  Oh, you've got that one?  Great!  (Just don't leave your gum on the sidewalk when you're done.) Pat your head and rub your tummy! Good with that one, too?  Wow, we're getting somewhere. How about saying "Thank you, God" for your job while griping about your boss?  What? A little harder?… Continue reading Two things I bet you can’t do at one time

What’s your earliest faith memory?

They say a two year-old wouldn't be able remember much. I remember the barn burning. Not from what I was told, but the vivid picture of where I was sitting on the bed in the bedroom that doubled as a den and looking out the window.  And the flames. I don't remember much else from… Continue reading What’s your earliest faith memory?