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GIVE IT UP

GIVE IT UP The Christmas season is over and, for many, its conclusion means also the end of the gift-giving season.  Many people who choose to celebrate the modern traditions of Christmas go all-out when it comes to giving gifts, and I count myself in that number.  For a great many of us, this has […] Continue reading →

DON’T GET STUCK

DON’T GET STUCK Phil. 3:10-16– I want to know Christ–yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, (11) and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.  (12) Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, […] Continue reading →

LEST WE FORGET

LEST WE FORGET Even Jesus experienced the sad condition of his own brothers not believing in him. (Joseph’s and Mary’s children) John 7:3-5– Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do.  (4) No one who wants to become a public figure […] Continue reading →

JESUS’ QUIET TIME

JESUS’ QUIET TIME There is an illuminating passage in the Gospel of  Luke, in which the disciples seemed to track down the mystery of Jesus’ life.  “What gave Jesus His enormous power  and authority?”  they seemed to ask.  Someone might have pointed to his teachings as facts which made him different.  Instead the disciples asked, […] Continue reading →

“Yes,” declares the LORD, “I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues …”

“Yes,” declares the LORD, “I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues …” Jeremiah 23:16-40 In the time of Jeremiah there were false prophets who claimed to speak for God.  To wicked Judah, these prophets were spreading false hopes; telling the people that they would have peace and that no harm would come […] Continue reading →

TIME

Time So is it “Spring forward and Fall back”; or is it “Spring back and Fall forward”? It can all be so confusing, and difficult to remember. Daylight saving time has caused controversy since it was proposed by George Vernon way back in 1895. Basically, it is the practice of advancing clocks so that evenings […] Continue reading →

A PROUD FATHER

A PROUD FATHER             These are our first couple weeks with Sasha gone to college, so that’s what is on my heart and mind the most lately.  She’s already experiencing the need to handle the curve balls that life can throw at her while striving to stay focused on her responsibilities at the same time.  […] Continue reading →

Going BIG

Going BIG When we hear the term “Biblical proportions”, the first thing that comes to mind is “BIG”, right? The Bible is known for doing things BIG. There are BIG turning points in history recorded in the Bible. The Word of God is populated by BIG individuals—larger-than-life folks who had BIG jobs to do.   […] Continue reading →

TAKE TIME TO LIVE

TAKE TIME TO LIVE Many people spend their lives seeking personal gain and fail to achieve the things that are most rewarding.  So what does it mean to “really live?”  As always the Bible offers practical advice that leads to a truly fulfilling life. James 4:13-15 – Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow […] Continue reading →

THE WRATH OF GOD

THE WRATH OF GOD               The wrath of God is certainly not a pleasant topic to think about and therefore doesn’t come up very often in our everyday conversation.  Perhaps we should think and talk about it more, considering God has revealed to us examples of His wrath throughout the Old Testament and reveals […] Continue reading →

Exhortations to Faithfulness

Exhortations to Faithfulness Gary McDade         The Book of Hebrews is an exhortation to faithfulness. Within the book there are twelve statements which contain the exhortation, “Let us.” “LET US FEAR”         The first of these statements appears in Hebrews 4:1, “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his […] Continue reading →

THANKSGIVING TREASURES 11/24/2013

THANKSGIVING TREASURES             Hopefully we all have Thanksgiving memories that we treasure in our hearts and minds.  Hopefully and prayerfully we have many more memories to make in the future, including this Thanksgiving.  Some of my most treasured Thanksgiving memories are spending Thanksgiving at my Grandmother’s house where I grew up in Pennsylvania.  We would […] Continue reading →

“Walking with God” 1/6/2013

Simply walking is a powerful thing.  Walking can relieve stress, lower cholesterol, increase circulation, strengthen muscles in the legs and throughout the body and promote mental health.  It’s safe to say that simply walking consistently could add years to your life.  But what about our spiritual walk?  Our “walk with God”? God’s word reveals that […] Continue reading →

“Prep Work”

Many folks, who know me well, know that Halloween is my favorite holiday; but very close behind it is Christmas. Now, I think we can all agree that Christmas is certainly a more demanding holiday to celebrate than most (and probably why, for me, it comes in second place to the more-relaxed Halloween). Christmas can […] Continue reading →

“Mindful”

With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, most of us have been conditioned to be more thankful this time of year; but are we being mindful? Mindfulness is a term we hear a lot about today. Because we hear it associated so closely with psychology and “transcendental” philosophies such as Buddhism, we tend to think of […] Continue reading →

“Honest Mistake ”

According to a report published just this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, fabricated data is the most common reason why biomedical and life science research articles are being retracted. Fabricated data! We are not talking here about just plain old error, or honest mistakes. We are talking about orchestrated deception; […] Continue reading →

“Outside the Box”

Sometimes all it takes is something as insignificant as nine little dots to demonstrate how desperately we, as human beings, cling to boundaries. There is a brain-teaser called the nine-dot puzzle that challenges us to link all 9 dots using four straight lines or fewer, without lifting the pen and without tracing the same line […] Continue reading →

“Housetops”

I have a confession to make. My attitude towards our singing service isn’t really what it should be—maybe you struggle with the same dilemma? You see, when the fourth Wednesday of the month rolls around, and our normal Bible study is suspended to accommodate our monthly all-singing service, I sometimes think, “Oh no…it’s singing tonight.” […] Continue reading →

“The Bottom Line”

The conservative restaurant chain “Chick-fil-A” is under attack, yet again, for its support of the biblical definition of “family”. Dan Cathy, son of company founder S. Truett Cathy, told the Baptist Press on July 16 that, “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God […] Continue reading →

“Commodify”

Commodify: the act of changing something into a commodity; to make something a consumable, and therefore subject to the principles of consumerism. I am not sure if commodify is actually a word (the above definition being created and provided by myself), but if it isn’t, it should be.   I can think of no better […] Continue reading →

“For Sale”

Where do we look to for instruction in morality? Just what source are we using to calibrate our own individual moral compasses? I think it’s a fair question, even for those who say they believe in the Savior Jesus Christ and those who consider themselves servants of God. Too often we place our faith and […] Continue reading →

“BADminton”

I will admit that I am not a big fan of the Olympics, either Summer or Winter; but I do find some of the competitions interesting. This summer’s regular Olympic events include such obscurities as archery, ping pong, badminton, fencing, and white water slalom canoeing. I find the uniqueness (and let’s face it, oddness) of […] Continue reading →

“Turtle Tracking ”

This past spring the Aquarium of the Pacific, in Long Beach, California, rehabilitated an endangered green sea turtle which was found in need of medical attention in Southern California’s ShorelineVillage marina in April. Now healthy, the creature has been released back into the wild, but with an upgrade: it is now a state-of-the-art, high tech […] Continue reading →

“Imitating Art ”

In Oscar Wilde’s 1889 essay, The Decay of Lying, he proposed that “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.” Unfortunately for Mr. Wilde, he never lived long enough to see Laguna Beach’s Pageant of the Masters, an annual event dedicated to the practical (and stunning) application of just that same principle that he championed: Life […] Continue reading →

“Lunacy”

Houston-area attorney Joe Gutheinz is on a mission. The former NASA investigator is on a quest to identify, catalog, and possibly recover some of the rarest treasure on the face of the earth; treasure that has been lost. During the United States’ Apollo Moon missions, and the Soviet Luna Moon missions, over 842 pounds of moon rocks were collected. […] Continue reading →

“Mystery”

In 1587 a colony of 116 English settlers landed on Roanoke Island (in North Carolina); they were led by explorer John White. Once established, White left the fledgling colony for England to purchase supplies for the coming year. But because of war between Spain and England, he wasn’t able to return to Roanoke until 1590. […] Continue reading →

“Hananiah Who? ”

This morning’s bulletin article is a great piece about fame that I found by Lutheran Pastor Joe Johnson. [PS] Do you know who Hananiah is? What about Brittney Spears? You’ve heard of Lindsay Lohan but you don’t know about Hananiah? Isn’t fame crazy? Dennis Prauger, a talk host, has a saying something to the effect […] Continue reading →

“Instilling Hope ”

While researching the final installment of our sermon series this morning on the topic of hope, I was reading some inspirational stories from guideposts.com and came across an article by David Morris that I think is a real find. Guideposts cofounder and best-selling author Norman Vincent Peale once turned around the old saying, “Where there is life […] Continue reading →

“Two Lessons ”

With every new Spring comes a rebirth: new weather patterns, new flora and fauna, new landscapes, and for some, a brand new chapter in their lives. Early Spring is the time of year when graduating high school seniors start filling out college applications, gathering letters of recommendation, studying which grants and scholarships they might qualify […] Continue reading →

“Funny Books ”

My dad used to call comics “funny books” when I was a kid; and I grew up reading and collecting comic books from an early age. It always bothered me, the term “funny books”—it seemed somehow a demeaning term to refer to an enjoyable pastime that I was very interested in. I have a feeling, though, that […] Continue reading →

“DST”

So is it “Spring forward and Fall back”; or is it “Spring back and Fall forward”? It can all be so confusing, and difficult to remember. Daylight saving time has caused controversy since it was proposed by George Vernon son way back in 1895. Basically, it is the practice of advancing clocks so that evenings […] Continue reading →

“1908”

Just this week, a friend’s aunt passed away at the age of 104. Even just writing the words “passed away at the age of 104” makes my mind boggle: to be alive for over a full century! Now, in the period of history before the flood, we see that 104 would be considered more like […] Continue reading →

“Rescue Group ”

At my full-time place of employment there works a woman who has a real soft spot for animals. She not only has many animals of her own, but belongs to a rescue group—a collection of similarly-minded men and women who pool their resources (financial, organizational and otherwise) in order to adopt animals who are scheduled […] Continue reading →

“Going Fishing ”

“Ours is a land rich in resources; stimulating in its glorious beauty; filled with millions of happy homes; blessed with comfort and opportunity. In no nation are the institutions of progress more advanced. In no nation are the fruits of accomplishment more secure. In no nation is the government more worthy of respect. No country […] Continue reading →

“An ‘APP’ for Life”

A curious string of events happened over the past week that resulted in today’s bulletin article, or maybe I should say, lack of a bulletin article (at least on my part). Last week at my work, we discussed smartphone applications, and more specifically, one in particular that was a helpful free “app” that assists stranded motorists. Later […] Continue reading →

“The Window ”

Whenever I fly, I always choose the window seat. The view one gets while flying has always fascinated me. Whether cloudy or clear, the sweeping, uninterrupted vistas that unfold before one’s eyes are mesmerizing at times; it always makes me wonder if God’s view is something akin to this. This weekend I will be flying. […] Continue reading →

“Exercising Faith”

We all know that exercise is healthy, and a contributing factor in weight loss. But, according to researchers at HarvardUniversity, regular exercise brings other benefits, as well: “Exercise seems to encourage a healthy diet. In fact, when exercise is added to a weight-loss diet, treatment of obesity is more successful, and the diet is adhered […] Continue reading →

“Signs”

Despite the “Do Not Touch” signs, a certain museum was having no success in keeping patrons from touching–and soiling—a collection of priceless furniture. But the problem evaporated overnight when a clever museum employee replaced the “Do Not Touch” signs with ones that read: “Danger! Wash Hands After Touching!” Sometimes I think it would be helpful […] Continue reading →

“Everyone Counts ”

For three weeks every year, more than 60,000 volunteers brave the winter weather and head outside to participate in the largest and longest-running wildlife census in the world. These volunteers, or “crowd scientists” as they are known as, join together to be a part of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count that collects data annually, from […] Continue reading →