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  I am frequently stunned by color.  The time of the year or the place in our country does not seem to matter.  The colors of nature surprise me. The neighbor down the street has maples in the yard.  Deep red leaves will draw attention this fall. A few blocks away yellow leaves will pile inches...
  There is an amazingly honest admission in John 6:66. It’s not complimentary of the Bible nor complimentary of Jesus’ ministry, but it is, however, the truth. It reads, “Because of this (Jesus’ teachings) many of [Jesus’] disciples turned back and no longer went about with him.” Even though these...
  “In the beginning was the Word ...” (John 1:1) Lena, the new church secretary, was struggling to open the lock on the supply cabinet. She had been given the combination, but couldn’t remember where she put it. Finally she went to the pastor’s study to ask for help. Reverend Gustav came into the...
  “Let love be genuine — hold fast to what is good.” Romans 12:9 It was market day in Patzun, Guatemala. As we shopped, a friend explained that when the older vendors chose a place to display their merchandise, they liked to set up their wares next to an exposed length of metal pipe. Before they...
  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...
  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...
  For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV) One day Little Sven came home from school and said to his father, “I vas punished in school today for someting dat I did...

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