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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…

Needed: Leaders who know where they’re going

Needed: Leaders who know where they’re going

During my high school years, a fellow student gained national attention by cutting his two cars in half and joining the front sections back to back.  There was no rear…

The good news about TEMPTATION

The good news about TEMPTATION

Yielding to temptation can be costly. A moment of weakness may bring years of regret. It is dangerous to take temptation lightly. Moses led his people out of their slavery…

Lessons learned from a gentleman

Lessons learned from a gentleman

I met Orlen while in my twenties and serving my first church.  He was the pastor of a thriving congregation.  He had poor eyesight, but his spiritual insight more than…

Plunge into life

Plunge into life

What you do is important.  How you do it may be even more important. Wise Solomon wrote:  “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10). …

Finding strength to face difficult days

Finding strength to face difficult days

One morning, the following prayer greeted me at my fax machine: “Dear God, So far today I’ve done alright. I haven’t gossiped. I haven’t lost my temper. I haven’t been…

Cleaning up the other environment

Cleaning up the other environment

The scene before me was picturesque: a swiftly flowing river bubbling over and around rocks framed by flowering banks and protruding ledges.  I was visiting a natural beauty spot but…