Treasures

Treasures

Covered with bandages hiding his bloody scabs and scars, the man limped his way to Jesus.  He had almost given up all hope and wondered if he should end his life when he heard the healer was coming.  The leper had to push his way through a crowd that didn’t want him there.  From all…

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Hinge Moments

Hinge Moments

Have you ever thought about the little “day to day” things that you do and wonder if they matter? It’s easy to fall into Satan’s trap, believing that our lives are meaningless. Simple mundane days pass quickly, and before you know it, a week, month, or year has gone, and you felt as if you…

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PKs

PKs

I attended a baby dedication a few weeks ago.  It was a lovely day where friends and family gathered round praying a blessing on the newborn.  Mom, dad, and siblings listened as their pastor (who happened to also be grandpa to the newborn)  read from the book of 2 Timothy.  How delighted I was that…

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The Job

The Job

Thinking back about the early days when Fred and I were pastoring a small church, I remembered the times when I felt like I was just doing the job. It was a terrible feeling. I remember cleaning the church, sweeping the floors, scrubbing the stairway, and wondering if anybody knew or cared that I was…

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When Ministry Hurts – Building

When Ministry Hurts – Building

Saturday morning, I was up before everyone else.  While humming in the kitchen, I furiously whipped up pancake batter for the dozen students from a nearby Bible school who were spending the weekend with us.  They were helping us remodel our 100-year-old church building.   My four-year-old was tugging on my shirt and the frying…

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The Sound of Heaven

The Sound of Heaven

Life as we know it has changed, some for the better and some for the worse.  Unfortunately, we have entered what some may say are dark days.  The future looks bleak and worrisome.  Threats of war and violence seem just around the corner.  These threats come while many are still suffering from the trauma of…

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Believe

Believe

He made it.  Jairus had struggled just to get to the right place and when he got there; he took a sigh of relief.   He just hoped it wasn’t too late.  Jairus took hold of the hand of Jesus and asked him to go to his home, where his daughter was sick.  “My daughter…

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The Fight

The Fight

His wages had been changed several times and each time, he was cheated out of what was rightfully his.  Jacob couldn’t take any more.  He told his two wives that he’d had enough.  He was tired of fighting.  It seemed like he had spent his whole life fighting.  First, it was his brother and now…

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New Name

New Name

Peter stood on the hillside, looking out across the city.  His eyes seemed focused on something and yet, at the same time, nothing, his mind a million miles away.  “Feed my sheep.”  Is that what the Master said?  “Feed my sheep?” Yes, that was what Jesus said.  Pondering the words, the man who would one…

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Best Day

Best Day

To all of my friends who are going through a difficult time right now: The old man was sitting under a tree when a child came running up to him.  “Grandpa, grandpa, tell me again about the best day of your life.” Grandpa Shadrach pulled the little child onto his lap and said, “Well, it…

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