Monthly Archives: January 2019

Bridge Out Ahead!

Nothing can be more cruel than the leniency which abandons others to their sin. Nothing can be more compassionate than the severe reprimand which calls another Christian in one’s community back from the path of sin. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer) Decades of … Continue reading

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Unkind Silences

Keep me from unkind words and from unkind silences. (Peter Marshall – the preacher, not the host of Hollywood Squares!) Scripture frequently warns us about the use of our tongue.  Most of us know how our words can either build … Continue reading

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Shake Some Snow

The pictures really tell the entire story.  The one on the top left shows my neighbor’s evergreen tree the morning after we received a foot of snow.  It was simply beautiful – at the time. The picture on the bottom … Continue reading

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Wood and Drywall

In his autobiography, Between Heaven and the Real World, Steven Curtis Chapman writes honestly about his family’s response in the aftermath of the death of their adopted daughter, Maria.  After many torturous months, Chapman and his wife, Mary Beth, decided … Continue reading

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The Request

Yesterday, we looked at the blank check Jonathan offered his best friend – David could ask absolutely anything of him and he’d do his best to bring it about.  Before we look at what David requested, take a moment and … Continue reading

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Whatever Friends

Jonathan said to David, “Whatever you want me to do, I’ll do for you.” (1 Samuel 20:4) It’s an amazing offer from anyone, to anybody, at anytime.  However, Jonathan’s offer to David was made even more unique given the setting.  … Continue reading

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Force or Favor?

Speak now in the hearing of the people, that they ask, every man of his neighbor and every woman of her neighbor, for silver and gold jewelry. And the Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. (Exodus 11:2-3, ESV) … Continue reading

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Liver and Onions

Liver and onions.  Rabbit and squirrel.  Three-layer casserole (hamburger, stewed tomatoes [YUCK], and potatoes).  These are a handful of meals that my beloved mother served us over the years.  They were far from my favorites, but they nourished me and … Continue reading

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His Glory My Reward

“There is always some peace in having submitted to the right.  Don’t spoil it by worrying about the results if you can help it.  It is not your business to succeed (no one can be sure of that), but to … Continue reading

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Enthusiasm That’s Contagious

For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action. (2 Corinthians 9:2) It’s … Continue reading

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