Jesus Remains

A friend sent this poem/prayer this week (Author Unknown, slightly edited): “Long after the angels disappear into the heavens, the shepherds return to their flocks, the magi journey home, and the great star sets, JESUS remains. The Child in whom we rediscover God’s great love for us becomes the Adult REDEEMER. May we allow the…

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Little Things and Christmas Cheer

I pulled into the parking lot of the third store that morning.  Who knew how hard it would be to find some little ornaments to go with the Christmas presents I had gotten for my staff?!  I just wanted a “sweet little something” for each of them.  And I had struck out twice already… I…

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Vote!

I plan to vote on Election Day.  I’ve heard some people say they’re still not sure how they’re going to vote. Some folks aren’t certain if they’re going to vote at all.  But I have friends who have already voted. My vote is a stewardship.  I have this one vote to cast, to use in…

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Do you see what I see?

I recently had eye surgery—nothing as “hip” as LASIK or as routine as cataract removal.  I was born with a genetic disease of the cornea.  There are cells in the cornea that pump fluid away, keeping it clear.  When these cells don’t work correctly, fluid builds up and vision becomes cloudy or hazy.  It’s like…

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Are you mad?

”Well, who is this angry man I see In the mirror looking back at me?” (Steven Curtis Chapman, “Savior”) I don’t like the answer to that question–it’s my face in the mirror!  Why am I so MAD? Loss of control.  Fear.  Disappointment.  Weariness.  Or maybe something so silly as the fact that someone ate all…

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2020 Fall Clothing

  2020 Fall Clothing Fall is quickly coming upon us!  The lazy days of summer are fading fast and school is (sort of) back in session.  Does a change of season bring a change of schedule for you?  A change of direction?  At least it will bring a change of clothing! We just finished our…

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Feeling Out of Sorts?

“All of my life, in every season– You are still God, I have a reason to sing.  I have a reason to worship!” The lyrics of that song are a great reminder that in every season, there is reason to sing.  Because God is still on the throne, still on the job.  And I can…

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When the Road of Life is Too Steep

“The journey is too great for you.”  1 Kings 19:7 Elijah had triumphed over the prophets of Baal.  The Lord turned the hearts of the people back to Him—they fell to their knees and said, “The Lord, He is God!”  Then they killed the false prophets.  Elijah prayed, and the 3-year drought ended with a…

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Looking for Beauty

I spent a few weeks in Togo a couple of years ago.  I’d never been to Africa before—had never expected to go. As part of a small mission team, I went to encourage the workers at a newer hospital.  While visiting with one of the nurses, she told me that a friend had given her…

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The Third Commandment–Taking the Lord’s Name in Vain

What does it mean to “take the Lord’s name in vain”? When I was a kid, I thought it meant to curse.  To use the Lord’s name in profanity. After I became a Christian, I thought it also meant to use the Lord’s name in a careless manner—as in, “oh my _____.” Those are a…

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