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14
In Need of Guidance
December 14, 2014

Exactly when the Star appeared to the Wise Men is not known.   Some have estimated that their journey from the East would have taken them many months.  So it is fair to say that the Star appeared well in advance of the actual birth of the Messiah.  When I think […] [READ MORE]



07
“Well Done”
December 7, 2014

I have always gained encouragement from thinking that one day I will hear my Savior say, “Well done.”   I guess I feel this way largely due to one of my love languages being “words of affirmation.”  It is always nice to hear someone say we have done a good job […] [READ MORE]



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Given in Order to Re-Give
November 30, 2014

“And He took the seven loaves and the fishes and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave them to His disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.  And they did all eat and were filled.”  Matthew 15:36-37a Here is another one of those miraculous events recorded in the Scriptures that I […] [READ MORE]



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Is Contentment Thankfulness?
November 23, 2014

I had just finished my personal devotional time when this question came to my mind:  “Is being content the same as being thankful?”   This week, many will gather around the table and feast on a plethora of provisions.  Many of us will experience contentment and some will go well beyond […] [READ MORE]



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“Having A Healthy Thanksgiving”
November 16, 2014

Hold on!  Do not be deceived by the title above . . . This is not a blog about eating healthy during the Holidays!  Can I get a “Thank You Lord”?   A lot of people diet and work out in advance of the Holidays so they can splurge on Grandmarsquo;s […] [READ MORE]



02
Pondering the Path
November 2, 2014

How long does it take you to eat a hamburger?  10 minutes, 15?  Maybe your answer depends on how hungry you are.    If you are a teenager, you might calculate your time in seconds rather than minutes.  This past week, as I was exercising on an elliptical machine, doing my […] [READ MORE]



19
My Personal I.O.U
October 19, 2014

 “Where there is no vision the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”  Proverbs 29:18 Two weeks ago I presented to our church a new vision entitled “My Personal I.O.U.”  Based on our sense of being a debtor to Christ, this new vision encourages us to focus […] [READ MORE]



07
A Cross Cultural Conversion
September 7, 2014

The Queen Mary is moored in the port of Long Beach, California.  Built in the 1930’s the floating palace served as a trans-Atlantic luxury liner carrying 3000 passengers back and forth from Southampton, England to New York City.   Soon after World War II began (Sept. 1939) she was converted into […] [READ MORE]



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The Labor Day Holiday, an Oxymoron
August 31, 2014

By definition an oxymoron is a figure of speech in which two opposite ideas are joined to create an effect.  Some examples are:  open secret, tragic comedy, awful pretty, or original copies.   “Labor Day” was created way back in the 1800’s when the Central Labor Union desired to honor workers […] [READ MORE]



24
When It All Works Together
August 24, 2014

“I’m glad to hear that you have problems too.”  This was the statement I heard after empathizing with a brother in Christ as we exchanged trials we had encountered.  “Oh,” he added, “I don’t mean that I’m glad you have problems. . . just that it helps to know that […] [READ MORE]



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]



20
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]



13
“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]



25
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]



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