Monthly Archives: July 2017

God of the Odds

It was a small thing, but still it was like a kiss on the cheek from above. Our family has a couple of season tickets to a popular outdoor theater this summer.  One Friday night, we all decided to go … Continue reading

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Into The Battle

I don’t remember the words that led up to it, but I sure remember the fight!  I was 12 or 13 years-old and a neighborhood kid, who was generally a friend as well, said something that chapped my hide.  In … Continue reading

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In Our Days

He was an otherwise great guy.  In fact, among the kings of Judah, he’s listed as one of the few who actually “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord” (2 Kings 18:3).  So, his response in one … Continue reading

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Everything?

“Everything is against me!” (Genesis 42:36) Who hasn’t thought it at one time or another?  In this case, the words were uttered by Jacob when his sons told him that the governor of Egypt demanded to see Benjamin.  The actual … Continue reading

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Listen First

It’s a habit I’ve had to develop over the years.  Today, before I sit down at my laptop to type, I first kneel down before my desk and pray.  Specifically, I pray that I’ve heard (from Him) right so that … Continue reading

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Our Refuge

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The Shutdown

Pietro Carotenuto had a problem.  Just one month after becoming mayor of Boscotrecase, Italy, he had to shut down four major departments within Town Hall.  What caused the government shutdown?  It wasn’t a budget crisis.  Nor was it an employee … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

Amanda.  Amy.  My wife and I carefully chose the names we wanted to give our daughters.  Why – because names have meaning.  In our case, both names mean “beloved” or “worthy of love.”  Ahhhh 🙂 Names mattered to Joseph too.  … Continue reading

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All Too Familiar

Author George Sands once wrote, “Admiration and familiarity are strangers.”  So true; after all, morning breath and bed-head are hard to admire!  French novelist, Honore De Balzac understood the threat when he wrote, “Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster … Continue reading

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The Heart Opener

Of all the characters in Scripture, I consistently think of Paul as the greatest teacher.  After all, he physically took God’s message to much of the known world during his day, and wrote a large portion of our New Testament.  … Continue reading

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