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Expect your greatest year

Expect your greatest year

Standing at the portal of a new year can be intimidating; especially if the past one has been painful.  We’re tempted then to expect a repeat performance during the year…

What part of ‘Fear Not” don’t you understand?

What part of ‘Fear Not” don’t you understand?

Who would have thought a children’s Christmas program would make such a lasting impression on me? I’ve been going to programs like this one for more than half a century.…

Go ahead: Brighten somebody’s day!

Go ahead: Brighten somebody’s day!

Recently, friends sent the following anonymous quote to me: “This is the beginning of a new day.  God has given me this day to use as I will.  I can…

Light for dark days

Light for dark days

When Reinnie Barth was appointed a missionary to Germany, following World War Two, he knew he was going to serve in a difficult place during a tough time.  But this…

Opportunities in disguise

Opportunities in disguise

For nearly a year, our church had been preparing for a week-long youth outreach headed by a well known speaker.  Then, shortly before the kick-off date, I discovered there was…

Thanksgiving: the antidote for anger

Thanksgiving: the antidote for anger

  We’ve become an angry people. Reasons for our anger range from the fear of another terrorist attack, becoming the victim of a violent crime or to what some see…

Blazing sunsets and harvest moons

Blazing sunsets and harvest moons

There we were, standing at one of our favorite places: near the end of a pier extending into Lake Michigan at sunset.  On the drive to the big lake, Pauline…

Fall’s color classic outscored the football game

Fall’s color classic outscored the football game

Duty called me from the couch where I was watching a college football game, one of my favorite pastimes.  We were planning to leave on a trip to New York…

Why appreciate your pastor

Why appreciate your pastor

October is named annually “PASTOR APPRECIATION MONTH,” but some may wonder why pastors deserve an official time to be appreciated. What’s so special about the ministry? Frequently, I look back…

Little things matter after all

Little things matter after all

I once visited a man in the hospital on his birthday who had suffered a broken neck in a serious accident.  He had been told by his doctor that he…

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