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Surprising solutions for achieving a long life

Surprising solutions for achieving a long life

Recent press releases on the length of life for men in Iceland took many by surprise. Conventional wisdom had touted the value of a warm climate in causing one to…

Enjoy the “Sound of Silence”

Enjoy the “Sound of Silence”

How much noise can you pump into your head before you begin to drown out God’s voice? This question introduces a timely article by Joseph Benz, which appeared in the…

The most important day of the year

The most important day of the year

On this “winding down” day of 2014, we’re still alive; making it, for you and me, the most important day of the year. What shall we do with it? After…

Develop a blind eye and a deaf ear

Develop a blind eye and a deaf ear

In his book, “LECTURES TO MY STUDENTS,” the still highly regarded nineteenth century minister, C.H. Spurgeon, wrote: “I have one blind eye and one deaf ear and they are the…

The healing power of Thanksgiving

The healing power of Thanksgiving

“Do you still look out your study window and give thanks?” asked my grandson, his question being drawn from memories of childhood. Allow me to explain. During one of the…

A Pleasant Day… So far

A Pleasant Day… So far

“It’s a pleasant day,” I said to the receptionist, hoping to brighten her mood. “So far,” she sighed. “So far is all we have,” I replied. The Psalmist emphasized the…

Peacemakers needed

Peacemakers needed

There’s a high calling in life that few seem to desire: peacemaking. But what does a peacemaker do? A peacemaker cuts through the negative information that frequently floats around dividing…

The mystery of the missing Bible

When we arrived at church one Sunday, I reached for my Bible and it wasn’t in its usual place in the car. “That’s strange,” I thought, feeling sure I remembered…

Reflections – The source of joy in tough times

On May 6, 1934, a young minister in Charlotte, North Carolina, named Vance Havner, devoted his weekly column in the Charlotte Observer to a problem that relates to discouraged people…

Storms that bring us home

Nothing makes headlines like the weather.  And this has been a headline already in this new year.  Storms have ripped through this country and the world, causing floods, creating lakes…

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