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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…

True Faith

The brief note I received from a friend thanking me for calling revealed the depth of his depression. Knowing he was going through a difficult experience, I had called to…

Practicing Patriotism

King Solomon’s call for moral and spiritual integrity by citizens for the benefit of their nation may seem out of date, but his principle of practicing patriotism by doing right…

When Silence is Golden

Solomon said there is a time to be silent (Ecclesiastes 3:7)   His call for a time of silence immediately preceded his advice that there is also a “time to speak.”…

How to be enriched by remembering

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was first celebrated on May 30, 1868 on an order from General John Logan.  In 1882, the name was changed to Memorial Day.  Surprisingly,…

Essentials for increasing faith

Most people would like to increase their faith.  They struggle with problems too difficult to solve and carry burdens too heavy to bear.  Sleep eludes them and they are on…

Easter separates facts from fiction

This is the time of year when tale spinners come out of the woodwork with conspiracy theories about the authenticity of the resurrection of Christ. As always, when the dust…

How Angela saved her church

I was disappointed to learn that a once vibrant church was about to close.  Learning about those looming locked doors brought memories of days when that church had been one…

Your song can return

Solomon’s poetic portrayal of spring is about to be reenacted: “The winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the…

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…