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A New Life

Posted on April 18, 2018 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

My neighbor’s mare just had her baby last night. Even though the birth was a week “early” according to the projected date of delivery, it was apparently right on time since both the baby and momma are doing great. Such events are an occasion of celebration for the Church in the Woods at Freedom Ranch. And we all look forward to watching the little filly grow into maturity. Due to her bloodlines and with the proper training we are expecting a fine...

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Spring Cleaning

Posted on April 11, 2018 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Spring is a bitter-sweet time for me every year. On the one hand it is a relief from the harshness of winter (even here in Florida), but on the other it compels me to engage in the work of “spring cleaning”. The new growth in the flora and fauna is refreshing, but with that comes an increased number of projects to manage and maintain my immediate surroundings. Maybe it’s just a carryover from childhood conditioning that compels me to straighten and tidy...

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Personal Celebration

Posted on April 4, 2018 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

The problem with annual celebrations like Easter is that after they are over it seems like we forget about it till the next year. The realities we celebrated last Sunday concerning the resurrection of Jesus, however, is not reserved for a yearly celebration, but need to be celebrated daily. In short, we need to celebrate our resurrection with Christ every day to live out a functional and healthy life. But how do we celebrate Easter on a daily basis? After all, you can ...

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Happy Easter

Posted on March 30, 2018 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints

Last Sunday marked the beginning of "Holy Week" with a celebration of Palm Sunday, the traditional day of the triumphal entry of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem. Riding on a young donkey, Jesus presented himself as the "suffering King of Israel" prophesied in the Old Testament scriptures. During the days that followed he demonstrated his spiritual authority as the Messiah by silencing his religious critics and prepared his disciples for his sacrificial death on t...

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Hopeless or Hopeful

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

At the risk of sounding like a doomsday prophet it seems to me that our country is “going to hell in a handbasket”! I realize that old men in every generation have probably said something similar as they watch the cultural changes throughout their lifetime. And I know that a negative attitude about the future tends to rob us of the hope that is needed to sustain our love for one another. But when faced with such overwhelming evidence of corruption and decay i...

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Come Unto Me

Posted on March 13, 2018 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

While planning for this weekend’s camping retreat I’ve been thinking of a statement Jesus made to those who were working hard and burdened. In Matthew 11: 28-30 he said, “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” This promise has been the theme fo...

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The Unbelievably Good News

Posted on February 28, 2018 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Yeah, I know…you probably never thought of yourself as a saint! But that’s what the Bible calls you. Literally the term “saint” means “one who is sanctified or set apart for Gods use. All believers are referred to biblically as saints because you are, “his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.” God has a plan to use you for his purpose and that makes you ...

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The Need for Change

Posted on February 22, 2018 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (1)

Dear Saints;

The Need for Change

Yet another school shooting here in Florida has sparked our natural desire to blame someone or something for such a tragedy. Although such faultfinding activities never seems to actually prevent these “senseless shootings”, it apparently provides some temporary relief from the horror we experience when they occur. The number one target for our blame seems to be the government which we naturally trust to protect us and our children. B...

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Pleasing to God

Posted on February 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

A common question among those who sincerely want to serve and please God with their life may be phrased something like, “If I can’t trust my own knowledge of right and wrong to make decisions that determine the way I live my life, then who or what can I trust?” Because we are taught right from wrong beginning in early childhood and continuing through our adult life it is natural to rely upon our own knowledge and interpretation of the law to make our choi...

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The Deadly Interplay Between the Flesh and the Law

Posted on February 13, 2018 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

One of the greatest ironies I’ve encountered in studying the Scriptures has to do with my understanding of the law. Like most believers I started out my Christian life with a real hunger for the knowledge of good and evil for several reasons mostly unknown to me at the time. There was no question in my mind that the law (especially the law of God revealed in the Bible) was true, holy, just, and good as Paul affirms in Romans 7. But I questioned my own knowled...

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