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10
Recognizing Those Who Don’t Want Recognition
August 10, 2014

Throughout history, our great nation, our notable state and our extraordinary Christian faith have had a special breed of people who have championed the cause.    They desire neither recognition nor compensation for their service.    Their selfless and sacrificial acts have resulted in freedom from tyranny, the acquisition of territories and […] [READ MORE]



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“A Little Bird Told Me”
July 27, 2014

Dear Reader, You and I most likely shared in hearing this statement from a parent at some point in our childhood:  “A little bird told me.”   I wouldn’t classify myself as a violent child, but I confess there were days I really wanted to get my hands on that loose-lipped fowl   […] [READ MORE]



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Time for the Tiller
July 20, 2014

Like most guys, I confess I have a fondness for power tools.  While my favorite tool of all time would have to be the Sawz-all, (can I get an AMEN?) I do have an appreciation for the gas powered tiller.  I still recall the first time I ever used one […] [READ MORE]



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“The Thing That Was Done Suddenly”
July 13, 2014

My wife and I boarded the elevator with a couple of other passengers and the doors shut.  “What floor?”  asked the kind gentlemen who was standing by the panel of buttons.  “Fourth please, thank you.”  With our designated floors all lit up we began our ascent.    As we approached the […] [READ MORE]



06
America 1776- ?
July 6, 2014

“Is America mentioned in prophecy?”   This is one of the questions I am frequently asked as a Pastor.    I had believed for years that the phrase “young lions” found in Ezekiel 38:13 was a reference to the United States, Canada and Australia (countries which derived from the Lion, England).  However […] [READ MORE]



29
Nip It in the Bud
June 29, 2014

This past week, Gayle and I went to visit a dear friend of ours who lives in Missouri.   She is battling cancer.  On our way we stopped by a Pastor/Missionary Retreat on Table Rock Lake, near Branson, Missouri and spent the night.  When I awoke to have my coffee and […] [READ MORE]



22
The Runaway
June 22, 2014

Ya know those annoying people who get up early, crank their lawnmowers and cut the grass before most of the neighborhood is ready to wake up?   Well, my wife’s husband was one of those irritating people this past week.   After finishing the lawn, he started trimming the hedges, a less […] [READ MORE]



15
“Call Dad”
June 15, 2014

In preparation of our teens heading off to camp this week I took our church van in for some brake work.  While I was sitting in the garage office I saw it, a sign that read:  “When all else fails call Dad.”   When I was a young boy I would […] [READ MORE]



08
The Unsuspecting
June 8, 2014

Gayle, DJ and I had the privilege of staying in a log cabin tucked away in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina this past week.   Just outside, running very near the porch, was a creek.  The sound of the water cascading over the rocks was hypnotic.  It was as though […] [READ MORE]



01
Unfamiliar Territory
June 1, 2014

As I write this blog I am but moments away from loading up the car and assisting Amy and Matthew (my eldest daughter and her husband, the Smeltzers) with their move to Atlanta.  We are familiar with the route we will be taking.  It seems as though we have traveled […] [READ MORE]



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Did You Forget Something?
May 25, 2014

The young preacher, about to preach his first sermon asked an older pastor for some last minute advice.  “Begin with an opening remark that will grab their attention,” he was told.  Something like, “The most memorable years of my life I spent in the arms of a woman who was […] [READ MORE]



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To Those Who Have Reached the Milestone
May 18, 2014

Milestones were stones placed along the ancient Roman roads that helped travelers mark their progress by indicating not only how far they had come, but how far they had to go to get to their desired location.  For many years now the term has been used to define momentous occasions […] [READ MORE]



11
Hot Wheels and Mom
May 11, 2014

Allow me to take you back in time, to an era unfathomable to the youth of today, a time in which only three television channels existed, before computers and even prior to video games.   Mrs. P had a rather “active” middle child . . . She was always in search […] [READ MORE]



04
CHANGE
May 4, 2014

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 “Everything in life changes, Pastor.” These were the philosophical words of my barber this past week after I accused her of cutting only the dark hairs from my head and leaving the gray ones   […] [READ MORE]



13
Updates, A Necessity
April 13, 2014

In a few months my Mom will be 84 years old.  (Uh, let’s keep that on the down low, as many think she’s in her early 60’s and she would like to keep it that way.)   This past week she purchased a new laptop computer with Windows 8.    Mom a.k.a. […] [READ MORE]



06
Tuned In
April 6, 2014

Back in the day, B.C. (before cable, that is) all TV’s received their signal through the airwaves.  Sometimes you had to place a set of rabbit-ear antennas on the set and adjust the dial, repositioning the long metal extensions so you could pick up one of the many (three or […] [READ MORE]



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What You Plant, You Will Reap, Uh, Usually
March 30, 2014

I have always asked rhetorical questions during my sermons.  Did ya get that?  One day, while pastoring in Australia I was emphasizing the principle of sowing and reaping and I asked, “What do you get if you plant potatoes?”  To my surprise, without a nanosecond delay, one of the men […] [READ MORE]



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New Year’s Day- Uh, in March?
March 23, 2014

Spring is here!  Can I get an AMEN?  The first day of spring (March 20th) is tied to the equinox.   The equinox occurs twice a year, once in March and again in September when the earth passes the sun at just the right tilt allowing the northern hemisphere and the […] [READ MORE]



15
The Spiritual Buffet
March 15, 2014

One of the interesting things that happens when you travel during Spring Break is you get to see a number of families traveling together.   Gayle and I along with our son DJ took a quick trip to Florida this past week to visit family for a few days.  On our […] [READ MORE]



02
The Light is On, But…
March 2, 2014

I would imagine that things at your house are a lot like things at my house. . . We go through periods where little repairs are needed, and then it seems that everything breaks down at once. Can you relate? Such was this past week at the house of Patrick. My dear […] [READ MORE]



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“Some Splain’n to Do”
February 16, 2014

If you grew up watching the I Love Lucy TV show or caught the re-runs via Nick at Night, the title of this blog is probably familiar to you.  The antics of the comedic red head, who starred with her real life Cuban husband Ricky Ricardo are still as funny […] [READ MORE]



09
Pastor, I Have a Question…
February 9, 2014

“I have a family member who thinks I am a fool for believing in Christ, what should I do?”  First take heart - You are in good company.  Paul the Apostle said, “We are fools for Christ’s sake” (1 Corinthians 4:10a).  Is it foolish to believe in One who rose […] [READ MORE]



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“What’s on the Inside?”
January 26, 2014

When I was a child, about 7 years old, my Dad and Mom bought me a wristwatch.  Actually I think it was one of those S&H Green Stamp deals.  For those of you who do not recall the S&H days, you earned stamps for purchases made then you could buy […] [READ MORE]



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“Opinions in 2014”
January 12, 2014

There is no question that we live in a very opinionated society. That is my opinion anyhow. Maybe you have noticed that expressed views of the day often come with a sense of certainty and conviction also. Recently I was intrigued by a simple comment that I read in an article. The […] [READ MORE]



05
What Do Ya Think?
January 5, 2014

As we enter the New Year permit me to ponder the thought of “pondering thoughts” with you, to think about “thinking”, if you will.   A wise man once wrote, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he” [Solomon, Proverbs 23:7].   To some this verse may seem a bit […] [READ MORE]



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