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Oh to not forget!

    Friday, November 17, 2017   Dear Friends: I was reading today the Christmas story as recorded in the gospel of Matthew. You might recall that several times Joseph started to do one thing with his family, but was warned by an angel to do something else. Each time Joseph obeyed, and the baby Jesus and Mary were protected because of it. Joseph, Mary’s husband, obeyed—-and disaster was averted. Noah obeyed—-and an ark was built. Abraham obeyed—and the nation of Israel began.  Paul obeyed—and the gospel was spread to the gentiles.  These men obeyed and because of their obedience to God, His work was furthered.  God could have chosen other men, but He chose these and they obeyed.  But...

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Noah's hero......

    Thursday, November 16, 2017   Dear Friends: What a blessed day I experienced today! No, the on-going insurance claim has not been settled, I did not register 200 new campers, I did not win the lottery and I didn’t even meet all my goals on my personal “to do list” today.  But today the boys in my home began to behave in a manner that made me very proud and gave me incredible encouragement.  None of the boys read these little devotions, so I don’t mind sharing the good and positive things they do from time to time.   Today the oldest in the house, Greg (18 years old), helped Noah, the nine year old, in an remarkable...

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Do I own it or does it own me?

     Wednesday, November 15, 2017   Dear Friends: On February 16, 2016, my home burned to the ground along with everything I have ever    possessed.  Every letter, elementary school report card, piece of clothing, photograph, cub scout uniform, tennis trophy, piece of art, memorabilia….everything.  Those things were “archives” of my entire life up to that point.  Also lost, of course, were all the things that made me “comfortable”. The furniture, the familiar coffee cups, my favorite books, etc.   In two hours I lost it all.  In a real way, I have no physical possession that I can pass on to the next generation, it’s all dust now.  I was not aware of it then, but I...

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Church people

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017   Dear Friends: I had the opportunity to talk over the past few days to a few folks that are not involved in any church— or any religion for that matter.  Without giving too much information about any of them, they all had the same reasons for not being involved in a church. It was not doubts about God, or questions about the Bible, or issues with the particular pastor or priest. In each case it was about a member of their family that had turned them off to the Christian faith and church attendance. All of them talked about being talked “down to” by a parent, sibling or partner about how much they...

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His pleasure and delight......

 Monday, November 13, 2017 Dear Friends: David wrote that:  “His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor is his delight in the legs of the warrior; the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” Those things that impress us probably don’t “move” God too much. The mass of our aircraft carriers, the destructive power of our hydrogen bombs, our incredible infrastructure and industry are absolutely awesome when you consider what they represent in terms of our  construction, protection, etc.  But God’s delight is not in our building enterprise and “development”, but rather in our humble determination to place Him foremost in our lives and recognize Him as Almighty God....

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