THE CHILL OF THE MORNING AIR sent a gentle shiver down my spine as I crawled out of my tent. In the distance I heard the call of a loon welcoming the dawn of another day.  An orange hue painted the eastern sky, making the wispy fog over the lake dance like fire. I followed... Continue Reading →

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Awake or Asleep

“For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing” (1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:9-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬). I've heard many... Continue Reading →

Mercy Not Sacrifice

"Go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners" (Matthew 9:13 ESV). Every now and then a scripture jumps out at me while I'm reading. Usually I assume that God is trying to tell me something; it's not always a verse that I... Continue Reading →

Our Blessed Hope

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us... Continue Reading →

Presents

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (James 1:17 ESV). I like getting presents. I like giving them too, but I think I like getting them even more. Some gifts are disappointing, except for the... Continue Reading →

And So I Spoke

“Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, "I believed, and so I spoke," we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for... Continue Reading →

Excuses

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9 ESV). George was my best friend when I was little. We were inseparable. But although we did almost everything together, George had a naughty streak. Somehow he never got caught. No matter... Continue Reading →

He Holds Your Hand

"For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, "Fear not, I am the one who helps you'" (Isaiah 41:13 ESV). As an Army brat, I had the privilege of living in some great and interesting places. Among them was the three years spent on the Hawaiian Island... Continue Reading →

Much Closer Attention

"Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it" (Hebrews 2:1 ESV). I can still hear the pastor's question in my mind's ear. He was preaching hard and was expecting some sort of response from the congregation. When it didn't come he hollered, "Are you here... Continue Reading →

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