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Yes or No?

Genesis 2:15-17: “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not…

Blizzard Conditions

Have you ever driven in a blizzard?  I was driving in a blizzard recently on my way to a wedding, of all things.  This drive took me down scary highway and frightening roads, including ten miles of either going up a steep hill or going down one.  The visibility was awful, and my wipers kept…

Loving Correction

I was reading Proverbs 3:13-18 recently about the benefits and value of having wisdom.   Read this, and think about what those benefits are: Proverbs 3:13-18: 13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. 14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof…

New Year’s Excuses

One thing is guaranteed when you make new year’s resolutions: attached to those will be new year’s excuses.  Let’s be honest with ourselves!  It doesn’t mean you have to be defeated by the excuses; you can overcome them and have the victory in reaching your goals.  But I am certain that temptations to quit will…

One-Way Conversations

Do you consider yourself a good communicator? Good communication requires that we speak, but even more importantly, that we listen. It is easy to dominate a conversation if we are not careful. We must be considerate of the other person’s thoughts on any given matter as well. I think that is why I enjoy writing…

Christmas Magic

When we think of the word “magic” we typically think of a magician, tricks, or even demonic forces. However, when we use the word in the context of the “magic of Christmas” we tend to think of Santa’s sleigh ride, mysteriously appearing presents on Christmas morning, eaten cookies left for Santa and disappearing carrots left…

Sowing and Reaping

Have you ever planted a seed? You probably made sure it was planted in good, nourishing soil, and then put it in a window to get the sunshine in needed.  You watered it regularly so the soil could stay moist as the plant drew from it each day.  With excited anticipation you watched it grow,…

The Best Grapes

I was eating lunch in my car today, and had one of my favorite radio programs playing: Discover the Word. It plays on our Christian radio station, 104.9 FM at about 12:33 pm or so. The special guest on the program was a breast cancer survivor, and she was giving testimony about how the Lord…

Jumbled Up Dreams

Have you ever had a bad dream that caused you to oversleep? You wake up in a panic, out of breath, and feel like you somehow are in between worlds. You see the real world around you, but your mind is still on the dream. That happened to me a few days ago. It was…

Unyielding Dedication

For some reason, it always happens to me. There I am sitting at a sports event or a concert or a play, anything that required a great deal of preparation, teamwork, and commitment for those people to be performing that day, and I choke up. That reaction started about 5-10 years ago. I recently had…