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Surprise!

Our lives are filled with surprises; some we are thankful for, others we could do without. A surprise birthday party or a surprise bouquet of flowers, those warm our hearts. That surprise puddle on the floor under a leaking pipe, or the surprise dead battery in your car, well, those you wish never happened. Just the other evening I got […]

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A Boat in the Storm

In the Bible there is a story told in three of the Gospels (the word gospel is the translation of the Greek noun euangelion which means “good news”) that is not unlike a story that most, if not all, followers of Jesus can also tell. After a long and exciting day in which Jesus miraculously fed a very large crowd […]

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Heaven Came Down

When we find ourselves in a difficult situation we often try to improve our condition through our own efforts by following the old adage, “Lift yourself up by your bootstraps.” While that works in many situations, when it comes to our fallen spiritual condition (sinful nature causing separation from God), that formula does not, and will not, ever work. We […]

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The “Best” Way to Collect Shells

A few days ago we were walking on the beach collecting shells and as we walked we passed by some shells but stopped to pick up others, and as I watched others doing the same, a thought occurred to me. Each amateur conchologist has a different approach to collecting shells. Some people walk slowly along the beach looking down at the […]

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The Temperature Is Rising

With much of the country experiencing hot and humid weather this weekend, this is a good time to ask you this question – When the heat is really on and you wonder where God is, do you stay faithful to God or do you begin to look elsewhere for safety and security? Does your loyalty to God depend upon your […]

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Two Kinds of Fear

“But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.” Ex 14:29 In yesterday’s post we contrasted fear that is “an unpleasant emotion caused by the awareness or anticipation of danger” with “the fear of the Lord.” Today we again look at those two kinds of fear in […]

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Oh My, Snakes in the Ceiling

A number of years ago when our daughters still lived at home, we had some visitors, unwanted visitors, in our house. We lived in a community full of farmland, in fact, all around our house were corn fields. When the corn was harvested the field mice looked for new sources of food and shelter, thus they found their way into […]

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Round and Round We Go

Do you feel like you are spinning out of control? Think back to when you were a kid and you went to the playground. You and your friends were on the merry-go-round and someone yelled “faster,” and soon it was spinning faster and faster and the centrifugal force was trying to throw you off, but you hung on to the […]

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When You Plant Calla Lilly Bulbs…

When you plant Calla Lilly bulbs you do not expect to see tulips bloom. When you plant strawberries, what you do expect to get? If you sit around in the evenings eating potato chips and bacon horseradish dip, don’t step on the scale and expect to lose weight. On the contrary, if you eat healthy and exercise regularly you can […]

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China, Gravity, Airplanes, and God

Do you know that the country of China exists? Do you know that when you put a pot of water on the stove and turn on the burner that the water will eventually boil? Do you know that the moon exists and that it orbits the earth and completes one revolution relative to the stars every 27.3 days? If you […]

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