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  “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...
  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...
  “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3 ESV) Young Sven went to study at the university and was living in a dorm with other students. After he’d been there a month, his mother came to visit him. “How do you get...
  "[Christ] has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross.” Ephesians 2:15-16 Joseph Sittler, a Lutheran theologian, once told...

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