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  “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...
  "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them." Matthew 18:20 ESV Last Saturday evening I was sitting in our screen tent, soaking in the surroundings of our campsite, reading a faith-based magazine. I love the sounds of the lake —boaters, waves lapping against the shore,...
  A farmer invests huge amounts of money, time, energy and thought to planting. He must get his equipment in good repair, making numerous trips for parts or purchasing updated machinery. He must get his soil in proper condition — tilling corn stalks, applying fertilizer, and perhaps putting in tile...
  “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...

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