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The Search

April 30, 2019

The church that I attend, like many others today, is searching for a new pastor. Our pastor retired two years ago, after serving us for three decades. He still attends, along with his children and grandchildren. We knew that it would be …( read more )

A Strong Foundation

December 28, 2018

As I'm watching a documentary on New York City, I'm startled to see a much younger Donald Trump on the screen. He is commenting on that period in the city's history when buildings began to rise higher, each owner competing with the …( read more )

He Did All This

March 30, 2018

About 25 years ago, the small church group that my mom belonged to changed their Thursday evening format. Instead, the leader suggested that they pray for family salvation. That Sunday, I had to work, and after my shift, I went down to …( read more )

Role Models

July 26, 2017

The dictionary defines a role model as a person looked up to by others as an example to be imitated. There are role models everywhere. Some portray an example of good and some of evil. We look to movie stars, entertainers, famous people, …( read more )

The Website

May 12, 2017

Build Your Own Website was a course being offered by our local college, so I decided to attend. I didn't want to build a website for myself, but I thought it would be a great idea for our local hardware and general store to have one. …( read more )


March 6, 2017

Some days, I'm in a lot of pain. It seems that my whole body aches. Other days, it's like the pain moves from one place to another. It might be my legs or my feet or my knees or my hands. Oh, the joys of getting older and having arthritis! …( read more )

Known To The Lord

February 13, 2017

The week before Christmas, one of my sons dropped by to make some adjustments to my computer. It was a quick visit without much conversation. But on his way out, he turned around and said to me, "There were three terrorist attacks today, …( read more )

Sheltered By A Tree

February 11, 2017

One morning, while I was driving east past our university, the rising sun was at that perfect position to blind my vision. The visor could not help, and neither did my sunglasses. As I kept driving and becoming quite concerned, one of …( read more )

Darkness Without God

November 8, 2016

As I look out my window this morning, it is terribly dark, and it is raining buckets. Where is the sun? Lord, why do I feel such darkness? I put the television on and hear about a typhoon storming down on Hawaii and a hurricane coming …( read more )

The Milk Of The Word

October 13, 2016

I was sleeping, or I thought I was, and the thought came to me, If you want to build churches (not necessarily physically), get them into My Word. The Word is like a muscle that can propel us forward. It creates thirst, and it makes us …( read more )

Growing In The Word

July 17, 2016

My wife and I know a dear woman who loves to garden, for her gardening brings her closer to God's creation. She often expresses her work in her flower garden in terms that are reminiscent of a person's quiet time. Can you worship God when …( read more )

Temporary Living Quarters

February 1, 2016

Approximately eight years ago, my father passed away. My mother, who lived two houses down from our place, did not want to stay by herself any longer. She asked us whether we would consider moving in with her if she found a place with a …( read more )

The Way Of Love

April 1, 2015

At the supermarket, I wheeled my three articles, precariously balanced on the front bar of my two-front-wheel, two-back-skids walker, into the last check-out aisle signed "Limit 12 Articles". The lady in front of me had just put a few …( read more )

The Eucalyptus Leaf

August 30, 2014

One Sunday before the service began, everyone in church was given a eucalyptus leaf. The plant was meant to represent the tree of life mentioned in today's Scripture. I thought that it made an interesting illustration, since the …( read more )

Altars Of Worship

April 14, 2014

Jesus quoted this prophetic Scripture from Isaiah 56:7 as He went into the temple following His palm-strewn entry into Jerusalem the day before. The religious leaders were alarmed by His show of authority as He forcefully overturned the …( read more )

Reaching The Celestial City

March 25, 2014

Recently, I watched a wonderful film called Pilgrim's Progress: Journey to Heaven, a modern adaptation of John Bunyan's classic tale. The story is a clever allegory depicting the spiritual journey of a man named Christian who could …( read more )

God's Christmas Tree

December 18, 2013

Recently, during a time of reflection regarding the Christmas tree, I read a very interesting study entitled, God's Christmas Tree, written by J. Hampton Keathley III, Th.M. The premise of the study is that although some may question the …( read more )

I Surrender

November 15, 2013

When in your life have you experienced unfair treatment that left you bruised and beaten? When have you been tempted to retaliate for circumstances and events that left you in pain and filled with grief? In suffering, we can respond in …( read more )


September 9, 2013

On a cool, breezy September day, I ventured out with a friend to fly kites at Stinson Beach, which is on the northern coast of California, U.S.A., just north of San Francisco. While we began to fly our kites skyward, our eyes were drawn to …( read more )

Recognize Me?

April 30, 2012

I have spent the last eleven months working on a healthier me; I have incorporated many new habits into my life. The biggest change so far is that I have lost 85 pounds. It has been difficult at times, to … (read more)

The Back Brace

March 31, 2012

Many years ago, I injured my back. Since that time, I have worn a back brace whenever I do any type of heavy work. At least I did, until about two years ago, when I gradually forgot about it, as … (read more)

Light And Darkness

August 29, 2011

I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder — SAD. I am a different person on a sunny day than I am on a dull dreary day. I never cease to be amazed at how I can change so quickly on a … (read more)

The Darkest Hour

April 13, 2011

The Gospel of Mark describes the darkest hour the world had ever known: When I reviewed a lesson plan for Sunday school, the discussion questions included the statement that all the criticisms we make are another form of autobiography. Contemplating … (read more)

When The Tree Is Green

February 7, 2011

During the spring, summer, and fall seasons, I love to sit on the back patio and enjoy the beautiful landscape my husband has designed in our yard. Beside the evergreens, the fig tree is one of my favourites, especially for … (read more)

Walk It Out

January 30, 2011

I was recently with some sports fans who were watching American football. During one of the plays, a player went down with many other players on top of him in a heap. As everyone got back up, the poor guy … (read more)

Marked For Life

December 15, 2010

I was quietly dreading the day, even though it was such a small thing and would be over in a minute or two. Having my blood taken was definitely not my favourite way to start the day. As I was … (read more)

Master Physician

November 1, 2010

After much prayer and counsel from the Lord regarding women's health issues, I made a decision to undergo a new alternative procedure which is performed by an interventional radiologist. Because of this minimally invasive procedure using imaging guidance techniques, I … (read more)

Set Free

October 15, 2010

What a glorious day: Wednesday, October 13th, 2010! To watch the Chilean men come out of the bowels of the earth alive, well, and so charismatic was a blessing too great for words. God answered the prayers of the men … (read more)

Little Lambs

May 2, 2010

At this time of year, the green fields of Scotland are full of lambs that are usually leaping and jumping into the air, as if they were on emerald trampolines. It's a pretty sight to see, and one that I … (read more)

A Royal Name

April 28, 2010

The name of my Ragdoll pedigree kitten's sire is Brightstone Prince Charming, so coming up with a royal name to register it was no easy task. Nevertheless, with a little help from my sister, I discovered that "rey" is Spanish … (read more)

Father, Forgive Them

April 10, 2009

I often wonder what it was like to cross through the Red Sea on dry ground, to watch Jericho's walls collapse, or to walk with Jesus on the Sea of Galilee. But imagine being present at that most astonishing event: … (read more)

The Waters Of Marah

February 6, 2009

Israel's incident at "Marah", which means "bitter", can be compared to many of life's experiences as we journey through the wilderness of this world. If you are like most people, there probably have been hardships in your life when you … (read more)

Solar Lights

August 7, 2008

In restoring the solar lights in our garden area, I noted that the solar cells that cover the tops of the lamps had become covered with a film of lime, caused by rain and lawn watering. By removing this film … (read more)

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