All Scripture references are quoted from the New International Version of the Bible (unless otherwise noted).

March 11, 2020

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” – 1 Peter 4:10 Imagine for a moment that your child’s school is doing a special fundraiser to help a family that is in need. You send...

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March 4, 2020

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” – Genesis 2:15 Yesterday I spent the day welding, grinding, and shaping metal. I am putting an overdrive transmission in my old 1972 Ford F100 pickup truck and...

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February 26, 2020

“One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.” – Psalm 27:4 Were you in church...

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February 19, 2020

February 19, 2020 “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:5 One of the things I love about where I live is that the sun, on average, shines 260 days out of the year. But these last few weeks have been uncharacteristically...

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February 12, 2020

February 12, 2020 “After they had completed their relief mission, Barnabas and Saul returned to Jerusalem, taking along John who was called Mark.” – Acts 12:25 I spent most of my day today meeting with other pastors to discuss how we can work together. We want to support one another,...

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February 5, 2020

February 5, 2020 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you.” – 1 Peter 5:6-7 I am a person who does not like to ask for help. In...

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January 29, 2020

January 29, 2020 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” – Luke 16:10 Have you ever been asked, “what have you been up to lately?”, and felt that you didn’t have...

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January 22, 2020

January 22, 2020 “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.” – Colossians 4:5 As followers of Jesus Christ we should always be conscious of our actions in public. That truth is even more important in our day and age because the realm...

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January 15, 2020

January 15, 2020 “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’” – Isaiah 55:8 Over the last year and a...

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January 8, 2020

January 8, 2020 “In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” – Psalm 5:3 I enjoy ordering things from the internet, partly because I like the vast amount of options I have and the good deals that can...

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January 1, 2020

January 1, 2020 “Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23 Happy New Year! The first day of the year is a universal opportunity to begin again. There is a variety...

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December 25, 2019

December 25, 2019 “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:20 As a parent, it goes without saying that one of my greatest joys is seeing the excitement on the...

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December 18, 2019

December 18, 2019 “But encourage each other daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sins deceitfulness.” – Hebrews 3:13 Most of us are probably going to be spending time with friends and family in the coming days leading up to...

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December 11, 2019

December 11, 2019 “Who is weak, and I do not feel weak?” – 1 Corinthians 11:29 Today as I was getting my hair cut my barber was telling me about a Christmas tradition that he and his family have. On Christmas Eve, they prepare bags with food and basic hygiene...

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December 4, 2019

December 4, 2019“Then he said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.’” – Luke 12:15There is a story about a rabbi who takes one of his students to a window and asks, “What do you...

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November 27, 2019

November 27, 2019“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” – James 1:2-4The other night we...

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November 20, 2019

“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalm 46:10 This morning I was walking my daughter to the school bus and she was telling me how much she has enjoyed sketching and painting lately....

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November 13, 2019

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know,” – Jeremiah 33:3 With five children in my house I hear a lot of “Hey dad!” throughout the day. Most of them consist of things like, “Hey dad! Can you get...

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November 6, 2019

“See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” – Hebrews 3:12-13 Today is...

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October 23, 2019

October 23, 2019 “Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.” – Proverbs 22:4 When the Bible talks about the “fear of the Lord” it is talking about much more than simply being afraid. The fear of the Lord means we stand in...

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October 9, 2019

October 9, 2019 “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 I’ve said it many times;...

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October 2, 2019

October 2, 2019 “Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil. Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.” – Proverbs 15:16-17 What is it that you need to be happy? I’m sure that if we sat down...

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September 18, 2019

September 18, 2019 “The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it a wall too high to scale.” – Proverbs 18:11 I’m sure all of us have heard stories that illustrate how unreliable riches can be. From the story of Job thousands of years ago to modern...

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September 11, 2019

September 11, 2019 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10 Yesterday my daughter, who is in 7th grade, brought home a questionnaire from her social studies teacher that she was supposed to...

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September 4, 2019

September 4, 2019 “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand” – Psalm 40:2 Depression is an epidemic in America today. And this epidemic is a killer: Suicide rates...

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August 14, 2019

“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” – Proverbs 14:12 You don’t have to look very far to see the evil around us. Some things are overtly evil. But more often than not, evil is sneaky. When confronted with evil...

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August 7, 2019

“For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” – 1 Corinthians 2:2 In the last week there have been two more mass shootings in our country, leaving at least 31 people dead. In these situations we are often filled, not only...

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July 31, 2019

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there is no fruit on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will triumph in Yahweh; I will rejoice in...

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July 3, 2019

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” – Galatians 5:13 Tomorrow we celebrate our freedom as Americans. Our forefathers saw freedom as something so core to mankind that they fought...

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June 19, 2019

June 19, 2019  “I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.” – Psalm 3:5 Last week we held our annual Vacation Bible School. Without fail, the VBS program contains some of the catchiest songs I listen to all year. For weeks after Vacation Bible School, I...

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