When It Hits the Fan

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“I lift my eyes to the mountains–where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2

Complaining, murmuring and cursing is all you hear. You turn to your left and your right and all you see is chaos and confusion. Continue reading

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Can Two Walk Together, Except They Be Going to the Same Store?

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After about a million days of toil, sweat and aggravation, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I decided to take a few days off and relax.

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Two In A Row Okay, But Three Is Suspicious

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So that you know, I am not superstitious (knock on wood). I take a rather practical approach to life and try my best not to get bent out of shape. At my age, it’s rather difficult to keep my shape. I try to keep my guard up, but no matter Continue reading

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AGAPE AND ANGER

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“Hurry up Ben!” Eli shouted over his shoulder as he ducked into the crowd already gathered before dawn in the outer courts of the temple. Benjamin ignored a sharp pain in his bad leg as he hurried to catch up. He was a little afraid he would not be able Continue reading

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And The Award Goes To…

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Rare is the time when I actually am all caught up with my schedule. Whenever I think I am caught up, something happens that takes that and throws it out the window.

Such was the case this past week. I was very much happy with the fact that I was Continue reading

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COSTLY FORMATION 2

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Paddling, hurling, bobbing, whirling with increasing pace
Carefully He shapes it as delicately He feels,
Touching, holding, smoothing, molding with the fingertips of grace.
It rises to His vision on the dizzying, spinning wheel.
With tender touch and tiny blade perfect lines He traces,
Carving out its form in a dozen Continue reading

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A Mystery Of Murderous Distortions

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I do not want to alarm anyone – I’m not wound that tight – but there is a devious conspiracy in our country. A conspiracy of murderous distortions.

To be quite honest about all this, I was not the first to notice this conspiracy. In fact, it is quite unusual Continue reading

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The God Who Sees Me

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“But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.” Psalm 33:18 NIV

When I feel invisible and cast aside, You see me. When it feels as if no one understands or cares, You see me. Even when I’m Continue reading

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COSTLY FORMATION 1

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Twisting, folding, slapping, scolding,

Pounding with his hands,

Every hardness softened, every weakness pressed,

Feeling, minding, pressing,

Finding the offending grain of sand,

Slipping through His fingers the moistened clay is dressed.

He must know its every facet feeling every part,

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Where Do You Look When She’s Lost Her Voice?

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It has been a quiet week at the parsonage. Far quieter than usual. I cannot remember a time when it was quieter. If silence is golden, the week glowed with a yellow brilliance.

Have you ever noticed when you lose something, it is always in the last place you look? Continue reading

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My Advice: Twice Is Just As Nice

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Nothing is more important to a blissful marriage than finding a point of agreement. Every veteran husband knows if he wants to change his wife’s mind about anything, just agree with her. It is amazing how this works. The technical name for this is “re-wife psychology.”

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Let Down Your Net

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“Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” Luke 5:5 NIV

You’ve been working so long and hard to fulfill the dream God has placed inside of you. In spite of all your efforts, you still have Continue reading

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An Ocean of Secrets

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Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” – James 5:16

I was watching the movie Titanic recently, one of my favorites.  The main character, Rose, tells the story of Continue reading

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“You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It Too”

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I was waiting in line at the grocery store minding my own business, which is a full-time job these days. I have worked hard over the years to master this “minding my own business.” I have not been all that successful, but I still try.

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Are You Ready to Rumble

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You open your eyes, turn over and look at the clock. It’s 7:30, Monday. You should have been up at 6:30 but you forgot to set your alarm clock. You give yourself a mental slap upside your head and drag yourself out of bed. The battle has begun.

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