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When we stumble and fall

During the 1968 Olympics, held in Mexico City, John Stephen Akwari, a marathoner, represented Tanzania. His hopes were high but along the way he stumbled and fell, injuring his knee…

Feel incapable? Join the Club

Feel incapable?  Join the Club

Immense potential lurks within each of us waiting to be used for the glory of God and the good of others. Unfortunately, much of this vast reservoir of talent and…

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…

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