Arise

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Why so downcast, oh my soul? The Lord woke you up this morning. He kept you safe through the night. His sun shines on you. His favor covers you like your favorite blanket.

It’s time to rise and shine. What happened yesterday has past. Today is a new day, full Continue reading

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Everything old is getting older still

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A friend of mine has a saying, “I’m going to get as old as I possibly can get.” From what I can tell, he has. I must agree with his sentiment. Of course, the alternative is… well you know. Another friend of mine likes to tell me, “Brother, you’re only Continue reading

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You Will Be Amazed

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About a year ago, I had reached a low point in my life.  I was sitting on a plane returning home from a work meeting I had just attended.  My company announced some big changes to the organization, and I had spent the week in a fog, hearing rumors about Continue reading

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It’s déjà vu all over again

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New Year’s Day was filled with lots of excitement, plenty of grandchildren running around and enough food on the table to eliminate world hunger. Actually, it did eliminate my ravishing hunger, at least for the day.

Both the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly simultaneously signed a deep Continue reading

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Is The Cup Half Empty or Half Full?

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Many things in life have me in a tangle of confusion. I try to put on a good face so that nobody knows how confused I am at the time. I think I get away with it, at least most of the time.

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Prayers of a Father

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One night when I was about seven or eight years old, I was sleeping in my bed when I was awakened by my dad, who was praying over me, weeping as he prayed with passion over his son.  I was facing the other way, so he didn’t know I was awake, Continue reading

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Another Christmas up the Chimney

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It hardly seems possible that another Christmas has come and gone. I think it comes quicker than it goes, but then that is just my opinion.

We were sitting for the last time around the Christmas tree which was about to be disassembled and I happen to say, “I can’t Continue reading

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To Those Who Have Given Up

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To those who have given up on church, I’m sorry. I know that we have let you down. We’ve betrayed you and made you feel ashamed. We have simply not been good representations of Christ. When there’s no difference between the behavior of God’s people and other people, I can Continue reading

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‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

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Every family has those traditions and days that help define their family. I personally know some families (although I shall not divulge any names unless there is enough cash present) that are adequately defined by April 1.

Christmas Eve clearly defines me.

Christmas Eve means many things to me. For Continue reading

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Are You George Bailey?

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The movie It’s a Wonderful Life is my favorite Christmas movie.  Released in 1947 and starring Jimmy Stewart, the movie centers around George Bailey, a fictional character who grows up in a small town in New York called Bedford Falls.  He has big dreams from an early age to leave Continue reading

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The Merrification of Christmas

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One word defines Christmas. It is the word “merry.” I never tire of wishing people a Merry Christmas. Although, for some, it may not be politically correct, but for the rest of us who have at least two gray cells working, it is wonderful.

I was relaxing one afternoon this Continue reading

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The Anchor

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I drive across a large body of water every day to get to work and back across to get home. A month ago someone anchored a lovely little sailboat about thirty yards off shore in this bay. At first, I thought the owners were enjoying the beautiful weather. But a Continue reading

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Some Things Are Just Personal

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I will grant I have a few eccentricities. But, far less than the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage has avowed through the years. Listening to her, a person might come to believe my eccentricities are without limit. It is simply not the case.

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The Only Contest I Really Win Each Year

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Between now and the end of the year our house is going to be a mad dash for the stores in preparation for Christmas.

This time of the year, I lay low and try to be as invisible as possible. If I hide in the shadows of the parsonage and Continue reading

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Thanksgiving quandary: roast turkey or lame duck

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My father used to tell me anything worth doing was worth doing right the first time. If you have time to do it the second time, you have time to do it right the first time.

As fathers go, he was right. It seems most people have not learned this Continue reading

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