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Thinking About Thanking

Thinking About Thanking “Thank” and “think” are derived from the same root, reminding us that thanksgiving flows out of thinking about God’s blessings. G.K. Chesterton, the insightful English philosopher, wrote: “If my children wake up on Christmas morning and have somebody to thank for putting candy in their stocking, have I no one to thank […]

Not Ashamed

Not Ashamed A young pastor, fresh out of Seminary, was conducting his first baptismal service. He nervously confused his scriptures and ordinances concerning baptism and the Lord’s Supper. He lowered the person down into the water in immersion and said: “I now baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy […]

Slaying Dragons

Slaying Dragons Many cultures all over the world have traditions about dragons. The origin of the word relates to a huge serpent. Since the middle ages, it is common to depict them with legs like a lizard with tails and scales. They usually are depicted in mythology as being able to shoot fire from their […]

Fall Color-Coding

  It’s hard to believe that it is actually fall, as we continue to simmer in the heat of Southwest Florida. As temperatures drop up north, and in some places in the mountains and hills, the leaves are blazing with color; we hardly notice the change of seasons. Fall has always been my favorite season, […]

Security Systems

Security Systems The world was shocked a little over a week ago as the fourth shooting at a U.S. college campus since August occurred. A young gunman murdered nine. He asked each one individually: “Are you a Christian? Stand up.” If they unashamedly stood, he said, “Because you are a Christian, you are going to […]

Drawing Your Sword

Drawing Your Sword The Lord has provided armor for the Christian to help us in our spiritual fight. As a middle schooler in my home church, I participated in what was called “Sword Drill.” I still remember how, as we held our Bibles, we would hear the words, “Attention…Draw swords.” This was in preparation for […]