What More Could I Have Done?

He sat quietly and inconspicuously, observing people walk to the front of church and place their offerings into the chest. Several worshippers carried heavy bags of gold coins, held visibly for all to see and echoing loudly as they were dropped on top of the gifts of others. Then He noticed her. His gaze fastened […]

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Back in the Day

“Back in the day, we sang from hymnals in church, and everybody wore their Sunday morning best to church. Anybody and everybody could sing in the choir, and we didn’t have all those high-falootin big screens and text-to-give nonsense. Yep, God moved back in the day. And candy bars were a nickel, too. Those were […]

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Totaled!

There I was, driving home from an out-of-town trip, minding my own business, when all of a sudden, I topped a hill and there it was in the middle of my lane! I had nowhere to go while driving 60 MPH in the outside lane with no shoulder and no choice but to nail it […]

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Don’t Farkle. Sparkle!

Gene and I got together with a few friends recently for a fish fry dinner and a game. Anthony can catch ‘em, and he knows how to cook ‘em! His friends know how to eat ‘em! Afterwards, with full bellies we proceeded to clear off the table and play a round of Farkle. Farkle is […]

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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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