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Holiday Stress

Posted on December 6, 2017 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

 

For most of us the holiday season from Thanksgiving through Christmas and the New Year celebrations is especially stressful. There are more reports of accidents, crime, domestic violence, etc. during this season that at any other time of the year. I find it ironic that a time when we are celebrating the blessings of God and the birth of our Savior that the presence of evil in the world around us also increases. Just another proof in my mind of the invi...

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God's Gift

Posted on November 30, 2017 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

As the Christmas season draws near my mind naturally begins to think of gifts. Not that I am concerned with what gifts I might receive, but rather what gifts I am able to give to family and friends. Exchanging Christmas gifts is a special part of our celebration, but like so many other traditions, it can be counterproductive and even stressful without understanding the purpose behind it. So why do we practice this tradition year after year? 

Looking at t...

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Giving Thanks to the Father

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

Any parent can tell you how many times, night or day, whether you feel like it or not, you must do something to care for your child. They can also attest to the fact that most of the time their sacrifice and efforts to protect and provide for their children go unnoticed and/or unappreciated. There is no doubt in my mind that our Heavenly Father shares that kind of parental experience far more than we can imagine. His very character is to love and care for ungratefu...

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Great is Thy Faithfulness

Posted on November 8, 2017 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

I can’t wait for Thanksgiving Day to come, so I am going to start thanking God today for his faithfulness. I’ve been his child for well over fifty years now and can honestly say that I am impressed with his faithfulness more now than ever before. Daily living experiences validate God’s faithfulness, but when you have a long history with him as your Father in both good times and bad, his faithfulness over the long term is really impressive. As the song w...

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Halloween Masks

Posted on October 26, 2017 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

At the risk of offending the weaker brother I want to consider celebrating Halloween from a Christian perspective. What I mean by that is to simply enjoy the good parts of the occasion without feeling condemned for participating in a “pagan holiday”. I know there are many who consider the Christian perspective of Halloween to simply be a celebration of evil tantamount to Satanic worship. But like so many other issues in our lives there is no clear and d...

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How to Love

Posted on October 19, 2017 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints,

“Ok, so I’m going to love others like Christ. That is my calling of God in Christ Jesus. But just exactly what does that mean? How do I do that? What does loving others like Christ really look like?”

The best description of loving others like Christ I’ve ever found was given by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:14, “Now we exhort your, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.&#...

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Rest in the Fall

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Fall is my favorite time of the year. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I made it home from Vietnam in one piece (physically) and began a new life in the fall. Or maybe it has to do with the pleasant autumn days of an “Indian Summer” I used to spend in the Colorado Rockies. Even in the South Florida climate without dramatic seasonal changes I find this time of year more enjoyable. Whatever the reasons, my enjoyment of the end of the year remi...

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Perilous Times

Posted on October 5, 2017 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

By now I’m sure you’ve heard the news of another mass shooting, the worst in U.S. history. Words cannot express the agony of the victims and their families at this moment nor the sorrow we feel for them. This senseless act of cowardly murder cannot be understood as anything other than evil in its purest form. And our prayers for the survivors, and our nation, are the source of strength we need to endure these perilous times. Only the God of all comfort can a...

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So Others May Live

Posted on September 27, 2017 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

I just returned from a great weekend reunion of men who served in the Army unit known as Dustoff during the Vietnam war. The unit name came from the radio call-sign given to one of the early pioneers of using the helicopter to quickly evacuate wounded soldiers from the battlefield. Our reunion, “A Gathering of Rusty Eagles”, was held in Dover, Delaware where members of the Vietnam Dustoff Association were honored at the unveiling of a new plaque beneath their ...

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The Comfort of God

Posted on September 18, 2017 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (1)

Dear Saints; 

Not many weeks ago the Church in the Woods at Freedom Ranch here in South Florida was praying for those in Texas who were displaced and suffering from Hurricane Harvey. And now most of Florida is suffering the same effects from Hurricane Irma. Added to that we are watching another tropical storm named Maria that is likely to develop into a Hurricane following the footsteps of Irma. The bad news is that we are in the middle of the hurricane season, the good news is ...

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