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January 31, 2017

What is the biggest thing you have ever prayed for? How about the smallest?

Is it possible, we don't pray for many small things because we don't think God can be bothered with our narrow needs? Possibly.

    Walking the halls of our Sunday school department can reveal a great roadmap of how we adults should be praying. In the quiet after hours, I wandered these halls and marveled at some of the artwork our kids in Living Orange Life (LOL) offered....

January 30, 2017

Aghhhhh!  I cannot be complete on my own. You don't know how difficult it was to put those words down on this page.  God has created me and the environment in which I grew up. Those 56 years of formation have developed a fierce independence within me that is good ANNDDDD.... it is bad. 

    Every day it becomes more apparent to me why God designed male and female and that they should come together in marriage. The ima...

January 29, 2017

    Friends are a gift of my opinion. Risking the work involved in starting and building a relationship will never be time and energy wasted. In 17.5 years of ministry, our family has befriended so many wonderful people. Youngsters, elderly, and those of ages in between have become lifelong friends and that occurred because we were willing to risk. Them too!   

    One of those friends from our last appointment visited yes...

January 28, 2017

    Phew! This time of year really kicks my backside. The drier air, colder temperatures, and a host of flu bugs floating around make for tough sledding. In the midst of all these things with which to deal, there are a few practices that really need to increase. I need to remember to wash my hands more regularly. I need to cough into my arm or cover my mouth. I need to keep my body core warm and avoid being around people that exhibit all the sign...

January 27, 2017

    We have special energy saving street lights in our neighborhood. The light at the end of our driveway will come on at dusk, then in about 6-8 minutes it will shut off. In approximately 4 minutes, it comes back on and repeats this cycle all night long. The energy saved and financial gain realized may not seem like much but multiplied over a few dozen lights and it begins to add up.

    NO! NO! NO! STOP! STOP! STOP! I am NOT being serious....

January 26, 2017

     I had two really cool uncles. Well, all my aunts and uncles were/are cool, but uncle Dan and uncle Ross were cooler. Both were well read and incredibly intelligent. Down to earth and humble were the traits of these two I remember best. Brothers who grew up on the family farm, they understood hard work and often did much of their own carpentry, masonry, and plumbing work. In fact, uncle Dan mined the sandstone and hand cut it all for his hous...

January 25, 2017

I visited a church in another county the other day and happened upon this neat little display.

The actual paper taped to the wall had backward text. I looked in the mirror on the wall and then was able to read the text. It was definitely a 'double take' moment. After reading the scripture verse and pondering its meaning, it became clear to me.

    Life is filled with uncertainty and ambiguity. Day to day survival requires one to interpret thes...

January 24, 2017

How often do you clean out your fridge? Daily? Weekly? Monthly? I am hoping you didn't laugh just now and say, "Never."

    You know how this works right? Some families will finish their meal and preserve leftovers. We'll eat those tomorrow or the next day. Sometimes that happens and sometimes it does not. What transpires then is a mystery thriller right inside your fridge. Those covered dishes get shuffled around and pushed to the back and then s...

January 23, 2017

If you could have one superpower, what would you want?  Would you like to be able to:


have immeasurable strength?

have mind control?

become invisible?


    What if I told you that you could hold the power of God inside of you? Would you believe me? Could you envision this power at your fingertips? It is possible.  Here is how.  Jesus Christ is God.

Paul describes that relation here in Colossians.


January 22, 2017