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My Three Forbidden Words

When Bill Hawks was sixty four years old, he accepted a call to be a missionary to Kenya, East Africa, even though accepting that call hadn’t been part of his…

When Grace Meets Guilt

Following his adulterous affair with Bathsheba, King David felt miserable. Guilt, one of the most unpleasant human emotions, drained his life of the joy that had made him a composer…

The Book That Makes Us Free

The Book That Makes Us Free

“The truth shall make you free,” is a universally accepted, well known quote, appearing on cornerstones of colleges and in other public places, but many do not know it is…

My three Fathers

My three Fathers

Many mornings find me giving thanks that my parents loved each other and loved me.  The most valuable gift a father can give to his children is a daily demonstration…

Sweet Spring

I’ve been meeting many people who are experiencing winter burnout (or freeze out). Even the south has had a winter to remember, featuring killer storms that have just kept coming.…

The Danger of Over-Communicating

The Danger of Over-Communicating

The ability to communicate is one of God’s greatest gifts, enabling us to express the deep feelings of our hearts through words and songs.  When we’re hurting, emotionally or physically,…

Unsinkable People in Unthinkable Stoms

Unsinkable People in  Unthinkable Stoms

News of a triple tragedy in the lives of longtime friends sent me to the telephone to assure them of our concern and prayers.  Their daughter, Carol, had died, the…

Still Valentines?

Still Valentines?

“Doesn’t anybody stay together anymore?” asked a once popular song.  Sadly, it’s a question that’s still in tune with today’s marriage miseries.  Home breakups are the major tragedy of our…

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.…