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Religion

  • COLUMN: Building, not burning, bridges

    Today I’ll make several phone calls, I’ll respond to my email and maybe even answer a text message or two. Today I’ll interact with people by waving at them from my car or conversing with them on the street. Like you, I am connected to people in all sorts of ways, from quick glimpses of life on Facebook to deep conversations over lunch.

  • COLUMN: Don’t be a ‘Doubting Thomas’

    When I grew up, many times I would hear someone tell something and someone else would respond, “That doesn’t sound right,” and they would call the person “Doubting Thomas.”
    I grew up with “Doubting Thomas,” not knowing it came from the Bible. I believe a lot of people who would use this saying did not know it came from the Bible either.
    In John 14, Jesus told his disciples that he was going away to prepare a place for them and where he was there they could be, also.

  • COLUMN: Respect: A lost art

    Do you hold the door for someone following you into a store? Guys, do you step out of the way and let a lady go through the door first? We are in such a hurry we brush past people who are struggling with terrible health issues and who deserve our patience and respect.  Don’t our parents and grandparents deserve a little respect and consideration?

  • COLUMN: Work hard, play hard

    The other day we took our grandkids to one of those kid-friendly places where they have games and all kinds of stuff for kids to do. Anyway, on the way there we took a picture of them and they were sitting in the back seat smiling and laughing, you could see the anticipation on their faces. Then we took an “after” picture, and they were totally zonked, asleep with the sleep of absolute exhaustion.

  • COLUMN: Learning through biblical parables

  • COLUMN: The everlasting truth of Psalm 23

    Every morning I read my Bible and after I finish, I pray. I always say the Lord’s Prayer at the beginning of my prayer or ending of my prayer. This morning I was going to start with the Lord’s Prayer, and an amazing thing happened, I started with Psalm 23. This got me to thinking of all the times I have read the Psalm 23 and used it at funerals. Now let me take a look at what it really means and says and apply it to my heart.
    Psalm 23:1 — “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.”

  • COLUMN: Feeling spiritually alone?

    It’s the middle of January. Christmas is over and the bills are due.  New Year is well on its way and some of our resolutions have already fallen.  We leave for work in the morning and it is dark, we get home at night and the sun is already setting.  And for some people it is all they can do to keep going.

  • COLUMN: ‘Tebowing’ not just the latest craze

    The Denver Broncos starting quarterback, and Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Tebow, may not have succeeded in another win against the New England Patriots on Saturday, but fans are still praying – and thousands more as well.
    It is nothing new to see a quarterback drop to one knee after a snap – but it is an entirely different thing to see him kneel and pray. “Tebowing” is a word used to describe this “taking a knee” in prayer and has officially entered the English language and has been added to the American lexicon.

  • COLUMN: Pray for those who reject the call of Christ

    This morning I was thinking about the first article I wrote on the church page in the Spencer Magnet. It was about the rich man and Lazarus, the beggar.
    As we look at the gospel of Luke 16:19 we see Lazarus, the beggar, died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom, which was in heaven, and we see the rich man also died and was buried.

  • COLUMN: Is God part of your every day story?

    A couple of weeks ago my wife and I took a vacation. Along the way, like most people, we took a lot of pictures. With new digital cameras it is easy to take tons of pictures, even though we may only print a few.
    I bet you probably have vacation pictures around somewhere, or wedding pictures, maybe pictures of a birthday party or some other special event. Those pictures tell us stories from our lives, of special people, special places, special days. Photographs can trigger memories and evoke emotions. We remember how warm the sun was, or how much we laughed.