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(Read Hebrews 12:18-29) Have you ever been astonished? A well-known Presbyterian preacher claims that one of the key challenges of our day is that people tend to be “non-astonished.” This is true in many areas of life, but definitely in the church. One of the reactions to the good news of Jesus...
“Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its...
 “Choose this day whom you will serve.”(Joshua 24:15) High school graduation is a rite of passage unlike any other. You move from being treated like a child (legally) to being counted an adult, both in society and in any academic setting you might enter. Childhood is over. Adulthood beckons. How...
If you read John 20 and 21, the last two chapters of the Gospel of John slowly and carefully, you are struck by how long he lingers over resurrection. He’s not content to tell and move on. John loves to recount the appearances of the risen Christ to his followers and disciples. Several years ago I...
Boxes, boxes, and more boxes. I swear they are multiplying! Some are stuffed full and unopened, some are in the process of being cleaned out and disassembled, and thankfully some are empty, flattened and ready for recycling. My family recently moved to a different home and after the initial...
A journalist was on assignment in a Third World country. Walking the city streets, he struck up a conversation with a young boy. The boy had no home, no family. He lived day to day. His shelter was a cardboard box. As the journalist asked his age and found out that his birthday was the next day,...
Dick Lauger
I am beginning to enjoy things I can no longer do. In typical American fashion, my life has been fairly active physically. I have enjoyed hiking and jogging and softball and basketball. I have coached my kids in soccer and baseball and helped them in just about anything they were inclined to try....
Martha Fick
“Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, but instead let there be thanksgiving.” Ephesians 5:4 Several years ago a Sunday school student gave me a beautiful raindrop-shaped prism. I hung it on a clear thread in front of a south window, not sure what to expect. The following...
Martha Fick
“You are my friends if you do what I command you.” John 15:14 Our lives are full of obligations. Parents tell their children, “You can go out to play if you've finished your homework.” As adults we learn that certain tasks must be done or there will be consequences. If we don't put gas in the car,...
Consider the short Old Testament book of Ruth. Why is the book of Ruth important? The story is a great one tucked in between Judges and I Samuel. You can miss it if you are flipping through the pages of your Bible too quickly. At the same time, the book of Ruth has been called one of the most...

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