Checked Out

I want to talk about being “checked out” today. By that, I don’t mean the check-out line at Walmart. And I’m not inferring how boy checks out girl, or girl checks out boy, or girl checks out other girl’s shoes. Actually, if truth be known, we are always mentally “checking out” everyone we come in […]

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Are You an Anyone?

I’m an anyone. The Bible mentions me in King Solomon’s prayer of dedication for the temple. “…when an enemy besieges them in any of their cities, whatever disaster or disease may come, and when a prayer or plea is made by anyone among your people…being aware of the afflictions of their own hearts…then hear from […]

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From Devastation to Dessert

Have you ever eaten a grasshopper?  The closest I’ve come to downing one was as a child while fishing at my grandfather’s pond.  I would catch a grasshopper in the tall weeds and bait my hook and then feed the fish.  Once I decided to try one.  It was crunchy, then squishy, then out it […]

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The Grief Door

At first I couldn’t find the door.  For a long time, I was locked inside that dark room of grief, consumed with my loss and thinking of little else.  It was a darkness that could be felt (Ex. 10:21).  I lost track of time, and to this day almost four and a half years since […]

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Because You’re My Friend and I Care

“How did I get here?” I heard my friend ask.  His world was literally shredding around his feet—wife, kids, and his sanity.  I thought of Jesus’ words to Simon Peter.  “Simon, Simon!  Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.  But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and […]

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The Truth, Please

“I don’t believe in heaven or hell.  I believe that this life is all there is, and when we die, it’s all over and we turn to dirt.” “You’re free to believe what you want to believe, but it doesn’t change the truth.”  Have you had a similar exchange with an unbeliever? “What is truth?” […]

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A Familiar Inner Conversation

“Something doesn’t feel right.  Something is definitely missing.  I don’t understand what is happening right now.  I love my dad and I trust him.  He has always told me the truth in everything.  I heard him tell the servants that we would return to them.  He just told me that God Himself would provide the […]

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Thankful and In Love

My first Valentine’s Day with Gene was in 1970.  I was fifteen and he was eighteen.  This Valentine’s marks forty-eight times we have celebrated as each other’s one and only.  Who knew?  God knew!  So today, I can say I am still thankful and still in love, and I type this with a smile.  I’m […]

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An Important Announcement

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). I apply this verse to my life today.  Hang with me now and allow me to explain.  There is nothing more important in my life than God’s Word.  His Word takes […]

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Now What?

I have a decision to make.  I have just read something that is totally life changing.  Now, what do I do with it?  The ball is in my court, so to speak.  Do I hold it for a few minutes, contemplate, and then stuff it in the ball bucket with all the other tennis balls?  […]

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