Religion

A Worry List

A Worry List

on July 1, 2016, 7:41 AM / in Religion

Do not worry about tomorrow. —Matthew 6:34 I was worrying about a few things as I sat in my car under a shade tree at lunchtime. Then a robin, with a fat worm dangling from its mouth, landed near my door and looked up at me. The robin was a vivid reminder to me of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:25-26, […]

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Upcoming Honduras mission trip

Upcoming Honduras mission trip

on June 29, 2016, 6:42 AM / in Announcements, Religion

Hard to believe, but we will be embarking on our third mission trip to Orphanage Emmanuel in Honduras in just a few weeks. Some of you may already be familiar with this ministry.  For those who aren’t, it was founded more than 25 years ago by a couple named David & Lydia Martinez, who felt called by God to start […]

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My wife was raped on a business trip. Then we found out she was pregnant.

My wife was raped on a business trip. Then we found out she was pregnant.

on June 21, 2016, 6:08 AM / in People, Religion

(Savethe1) — I really don’t like thinking about this time. Just saying the words are hard: My wife was raped. There’s grief and anger – rage really, like I’ve never felt before toward anyone, wanting to find this man …. Above all, there was frustration. Jennifer had just been through something so horrible and scary and I couldn’t make it better. […]

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HEAL: Rory –  leave it there

HEAL: Rory – leave it there

on June 8, 2016, 8:33 AM / in People, Religion

What a different world this would be if all those *protesters* would emulate Joey & Rory’s example of how to live life.  Imagine if all those protesters were to use all that energy they use in destructive acts to do things that would BENEFIT and ENRICH the lives of themselves and all around them.  But they are Deaf, Dumb, and […]

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Lifeblood

Lifeblood

on February 29, 2016, 6:25 AM / in Religion

Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.   Hebrews 9:22 Mary Ann believed in God and His Son Jesus, but she struggled with why Jesus had to shed His blood to bring salvation. Who would think of cleansing something with blood? Yet the Bible says, “The law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood” (Heb. 9:22). That, in […]

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Hold On!

Hold On!

on January 12, 2016, 5:58 AM / in Religion

I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have.  Revelation 3:11 A cowboy friend of mine who grew up on a ranch in Texas has a number of colorful sayings. One of my favorites is “It don’t take much water to make good coffee.” And when someone ropes a steer too big to handle or is in some kind […]

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You Have Value

You Have Value

on January 11, 2016, 9:22 AM / in Religion

You were bought at a price. 1 Corinthians 6:20 After my mother-in-law died, my wife and I discovered a cache of US Indian Head pennies in a dresser drawer in her apartment. She wasn’t a coin collector, as such, but she lived in the era when these pennies were in circulation and she had accumulated a few. Some of these […]

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Why The Pulpit Must Be Political

Why The Pulpit Must Be Political

on January 11, 2016, 7:47 AM / in Opinion, Religion

Editor’s note: We read this in December before Christmas but didn’t publish it because, while the author is more than correct, we had scheduled other items instead. But instead of letting it go completely, we saved it. This morning we were reminded to bring the editorial back…. it is time to remember that those that inspire us most must aid in […]

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True Shelter

True Shelter

on January 10, 2016, 5:30 AM / in Religion

The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10 In March 2014 a tribal conflict broke out in my hometown area, forcing my father’s household, along with other refugees, to take cover in the region’s capital city. Throughout history, people who have felt unsafe in their homelands have traveled to […]

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Wells of Salvation

Wells of Salvation

on January 9, 2016, 5:50 AM / in Religion

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. Isaiah 12:3 When people drill holes deep into the earth, it is normally for pulling up core samples of rock, accessing oil, or finding water. In Isaiah 12, we learn that God wanted His people, who were living in a spiritual desert as well as a geographical desert, to […]

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The Best Kind of Happiness

The Best Kind of Happiness

on January 8, 2016, 6:37 AM / in Religion

If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:31-32 “Everybody’s doing it” seemed like a winning argument when I was young. But my parents never gave in to such pleas no matter how desperate I was to get permission to do something they […]

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Starting Upstream

Starting Upstream

on January 7, 2016, 5:30 AM / in Religion

“Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Matthew 6:8 My home sits along a creek in a canyon in the shadow of a large mountain. During the spring snowmelt and after heavy rains this stream swells and acts more like a river than a creek. People have drowned in it. One day I traced the origin of […]

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Ringing Reminders

Ringing Reminders

on January 6, 2016, 6:01 AM / in Religion

By Bill Crowder Though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand. Psalm 37:24 The clock tower at Westminster, which contains the bell known as Big Ben, is an iconic landmark in London, England. It is traditionally thought that the melody of the tower chimes was taken from the tune of “I Know […]

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The Lonely Season

The Lonely Season

on January 5, 2016, 5:30 AM / in Religion

I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. Ephesians 1:16 Amid the pile of post-Christmas mail I discovered a treasure—a handmade Christmas card painted on repurposed cardstock. Simple watercolor strokes evoked a scene of wintry hills livened with evergreens. Centered at the bottom, framed by red-berried holly, was this hand-printed message: Peace be with you! […]

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Is He Listening?

Is He Listening?

on January 4, 2016, 8:40 AM / in Religion

By Dave Branon  / Our Daily Bread My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Matthew 27:46 “Sometimes it feels as if God isn’t listening to me.” Those words, from a woman who tried to stay strong in her walk with God while coping with an alcoholic husband, echo the heartcry of many believers. For many years, she asked […]

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All His Benefits

All His Benefits

on January 3, 2016, 5:30 AM / in Religion

Written by David, Psalm 103 celebrates who God is and what He has done for us. He is our King (v. 10), our Father (v. 13), and our Creator (v. 14). Calling us to praise God for His goodness and greatness, David reminds us of the many blessings God in His grace has given to us: forgiveness and healing (v. […]

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He Will Reply

He Will Reply

on January 2, 2016, 4:58 PM / in Religion

He will call on me, and I will answer him. Psalm 91:15 I was elated when I came upon the Twitter page of my favorite Korean movie star, so I decided to drop her a note. I crafted the best message I could and waited for a reply. I knew it was unlikely I would receive a response. A celebrity […]

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This Could Be the Year

This Could Be the Year

on January 1, 2016, 5:30 AM / in Religion

We who are still alive and are left will . . . meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 My dad was a pastor, and on the first Sunday of each new year he preached about the return of Christ, often quoting from 1 Thessalonians 4. His point was always the […]

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“I Know”  lyrics and audio by Ed Bruce

“I Know” lyrics and audio by Ed Bruce

on October 11, 2015, 5:30 AM / in Bedtime Stories, Religion

You can watch and listen to Ed Bruce sing this song on You Tube   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ewqkcj1IrQ8 The words alone should go deep within your heart… “I Know” I said God, I hurt God Said, I know God, I’m so depressed at times He said, that’s why I gave you sunshine I said, God my loved one died God said, So did […]

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He’s Always On The Bridge

He’s Always On The Bridge

on June 14, 2015, 5:30 AM / in Religion

I will not leave you nor forsake you. – Joshua 1:5 My friend Ralph had the thrilling experience of going on a short cruise on the aircraft carrier USS Kennedy. He saw jet fighters take off, land, and demonstrate maneuvers. He was told that whenever the planes are taking off or landing—dangerous operations—the captain watches from the bridge. Even if […]

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