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"All In" Begins this Sunday

On May 8, Nancy and I attended the Tuesday evening performance of The Wizard of Oz, presented by the middle school students, under the direction of Kim Duerksen. We enjoyed the top-notch performance by all who had a part. We laughed and smiled and hummed along with a few of the songs. I did so next to a complete stranger. At least he was a complete stranger when we sat d...

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The River of Truth

All truth is God's truth. It is his character, his identity, and one of his attributes. That is why 1 Timothy 3:15 states that The Church is to be "a pillar and foundation of the truth." Paul is telling Timothy that he must lead the church to be a place that always stands for truth, leans on truth, holds truth up high for all to see, follows truth, and champions truth. The...

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Blessing and Obedience

The nation of Israel had conquered the inhabitants of the land of Canaan in about five years. Pockets of resistance remained, but the war had been won by the power of God. Joshua, as leader of the nation of Israel, portioned out the land to the twelve tribes that made up the nation. The tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh came from Joseph. They received an allotment each. Still...

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School's Out for Summer!!

I remember the excitement as a kid when the last days of the school year approached.All the fun activities gleamed a bit of light on the fun that would soon be ours when summer break began.Summer break is still just as exciting for me as a parent.I have anxiously awaited a time for my children to get to just be children.To relax, play, enjoy the outdoors, spend time wit...

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You Don't Know til You Go

"You don't know till you go." For years, I have heard this statement used to describe fishing and quail hunting trips. It is impossible to know ahead of time whether the fish will be biting or the quail will be available. Only by going to the lake or the creek or the field will any outdoorsman ever be able to experience a successful adventure. Many fish have re...

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Lost Card...

Like many of you, I've been watching the corner of Main and Washington with anticipation, waiting for Qdoba to finally open its doors. When one of the college students told me the day had come, Katy, Livy, Harrison, and I braved the crowds to try it out for lunch that Friday. We had a great time, saw several of you, and overall had a great experience (I measured it as a vi...

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A Note to Holly

Note: I wrote the following letter to Holly Winters in late March. She went to be with Jesus on April 21. Her family gave me permission to print this. Holly, I haven't seen you in quite a while, so I thought I would write you a letter. I am sorry that you have been through so much pain as you have battled cancer and related issues for the past three years. I have praye...

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Crawling Around Blind

Almost four weeks ago, our Miniature Australian Shepherd had six extremely cute puppies. It was my first experience at watching puppies being born. I am so grateful for today's technology and information that can be accessed from a device that can sit in the palm of my hand. I had studied, was ready for the delivery day, and now can add "mid-husband" to my resume. For th...

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Full House

Decades ago Keith Wiginton advised me to "never rob the people of the joy of a full house." At the time, I had probably read a book or attended a conference that suggested beginning an additional service would allow all churches to reach more people. I followed his advice. I always sought to maintain one worship service until it became essential to add another service to a...

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Live Responsibly

God expects us to live responsible lives. There are choices we make and actions we take that we remain individually accountable for. According to Galatians 6:5, each Christian is expected to bear his own load. The word used for "load" in this verse is a word that refers to something like a backpack. There are many things in life that individual Christians, empowered by the...

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