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    I once read the story about a preacher who was traveling across the countryside with a friend that was in the business field. At one of their many stops the businessman took out a New Testament that was neatly packed away in his briefcase. It was very worn and he opened it and […]

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    I once had the humbling opportunity to lead a worship service (chapel) for a group of military service member’s just weeks before they were to deploy to a foreign country. I had served as their chaplain for a 3-week training rotation at the National Training Center (NTC). Many of the Soldiers were tired […]

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    There’s hardly anything more motivating than to see a person take a physical challenge or limitation and maximize its positive effectiveness. There once was a man in the church where I pastored who had a condition that confined him to the use of a walker. He could only take small steps. After talking […]

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    Early in our marriage, my wife and I purchased a house that was listed on the National Registry of Historical Places. It was built in 1901 in a small town in the northwest corner of Florida. We both had an affinity for old homes and this seemed like a grand opportunity to restore […]

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    It’s troubling that so many people live in a restless and disparaging condition. Countless people are dissatisfied with life in general and the slightest petty annoyances sets them off. Even more troubling is the inability for the average person to sit still for any length of time. Being still and silent are strange […]

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    A little girl admired her Daddy for many reasons. And one of them was his consistent display of happiness and positive attitudes.    “Why are you so happy all the time Daddy?” she asked.     Realizing the teachable moment, he told her, “It’s because of Jesus! He’s the one that makes me […]

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  While attending an arts festival several years ago I noticed two paintings on large canvases. They were impressive due to their size and intricate details. But it was the contrasting elements that caught my eye the most. They were both sheep pictures. The first one was a summer scene with a beautiful landscape that […]

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    The greatest experience for the Christian is the complete and positively assured consciousness of God’s presence in human life. Two children, Lottie and Walter, we’re excited about the Christmas gifts they had received. Lottie, the older of the two, tried to explain to Walter what a wonderfully good and generous person Santa Claus […]

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A preacher who lived many years ago tells the story of his favorite uncle. He says, “When I was a boy and lived in a farmhouse out in the country it was always a jolly time when Uncle Wallace came to see us. He was a preacher and traveled a circuit so large that it […]

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    After a hard-fought battle during the Civil War, a Confederate chaplain was called to see a dying Soldier. Taking his hand, he asked, “My brother, what can I do for you?” He supposed that like many other wounded Soldiers; he wanted him to plead with God to spare his life and take the […]