built on a rock

  Last Saturday night I was among the spectators of the Enduro Race at the Rock County Speedway. This was not my first experience at the racetrack. Our family has been filling the stands for many years, cheering on fathers, brothers, sons, cousins and friends. For those of you who are not familiar...
  “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” (Proverbs 14:12 ESV) Ole and Lars went hunting and were dragging the deer they got back to their pickup. Another hunter approached pulling his deer too. “Hey, I don’t want to tell you guys how to do things, but it’s much...
  "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 ESV  This morning I woke to the rat-a-tat of a woodpecker forcefully pecking out a tune on the metal chimney cap on top of the roof of our house....
  “For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.” (Galatians 6:3-4 ESV) Sven was scolding his young son for not doing his homework. “You haf to do your...
  “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 ESV “I want you to say you are sorry,” the teacher said to JJ after he kicked over the tower of blocks. “Sorry,” he sneered at the young builders and began...
      By Martha Fick, Good Samaritan – Mission Effectiveness “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away...
  “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of these My brothers and sisters, you did it to Me.’” Matthew 25:40 We were watching swans at a city park. There were three flawless birds, so beautiful and perfect and white that it was almost hard to believe that they...
  The phrase “get ’er done” is one we’ve heard often over the last few years. This phrase has gained popularity over the years by actor Daniel Lawrence “Larry” Whitney, better known as “The Cable Guy.” You can buy clothing and baseball caps sporting this phrase. Whitney has even written a book by...
  These can be some challenging times for fathers. How important and necessary are we in the “modern” family? There are numerous reports from many of the social sciences that reveal the breakdown of our families. One of the leading causes is the failure of fathers to carry out their...
  Each week our financial secretary files a report on Sunday’s offering. One part is a deposit slip: check, cash, coin. As might be expected, the check amount is the largest, followed by the cash and then coin. I am intrigued by that last amount, “coin.” Usually it amounts to a few dollars, like $4...

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