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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 pl...

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The Comfort of God

Posted on September 18, 2017 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

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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Abounding in Hope

Posted on September 6, 2017 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints

The current storm in Texas has left thousands of people homeless and in desperate need of our prayers and support. In addition to the basic physical needs for food, water, and temporary shelter these folks need the comfort Paul prays for in Romans 15: 13, “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.” This brief prayer is packed with the things we need the most to survive suc...

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Filled with the Fullness of God

Posted on September 6, 2017 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Among the recorded prayers of the apostle Paul my favorite is found in Ephesians 3: 14-19, “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to his riches in glory, to be strengthened with might in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the b...

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Things God Has Prepared

Posted on September 6, 2017 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Our natural perspective on life suffers from a very limited “tunnel vision”. 1 Corinthians 2: says, “Eye hath not seen, no ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” In essence, the apostle is saying that all men naturally suffer from being blind, deaf, and ignorant when it comes to what God has prepared for those who love him. Unfortunately, this condition isn’t remedie...

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The Prayer of Jesus

Posted on August 9, 2017 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

From the biblical record of the life of Jesus and his followers it is obvious that prayer is an important part of our daily lives in this world. Unfortunately, many confuse this privilege with a religious duty to recite repetitive words or phrases on certain occasions or, as is often the case, see prayer as a desperate cry for divine help in times of trouble. From the example of Jesus and his early followers, however, prayer is a much more intimate conversation with our h...

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Abiding in Love

Posted on July 26, 2017 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

On his way to the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus continued teaching his disciples with an analogy concerning a grapevine and its branches (John 15:1-8). His main theme was living a productive life by abiding in him just as a branch lives in the vine and bears fruit. His promise was that if we abide in him and he abides in us, we will live a productive life which naturally begs the question, “How do we abide in Christ?” The short answer is by believing that we are...

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Do You Love Me

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

On the night before he was crucified Jesus promised that whoever loves him would keep his commandments and be loved of both him and the Father. Whatever this means on a practical level it sounds like something I don’t want to miss out on. So the first question I have to answer is, “Do I really love Jesus?” Immediately my mind goes to that interchange between the resurrected Jesus and his disciple Peter on the shore of Galilee in the early morning....

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