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Man Up!

While pastoring in the early 1980’s in Oklahoma, I became acquainted with a touring, full-contact fighter skilled in the martial art of taekwondo. His nickname was “Redwood.” He came to our town on the run and seeking to hide out from his sensei, his “master” from Kansas who demanded that Redwood become his slave. When […]

The B-I-B-L-E, Yes, That’s the Book for Me!

Many of you grew up singing the little chorus, “The B-I-B-L-E, yes, that’s the Book for me. I stand alone on the Word of God, the B-I-B-L-E.” Then you would all shout “BIBLE!” We have the joy of giving the precious Word of God this weekend to our new kindergarten children. The scriptures are known […]

Mercy And Forgiveness

James Dobson, noted author and founder of Focus on the Family, tells of seeing a sign on a convent in California. It read: “Absolutely no trespassing. Violators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.” Signed, “The Sisters of Mercy.” I am so grateful that when we have committed “trespasses” and sins against […]

The Kind of Music That Just Soothes the Soul

Perhaps more than any other area of life, there is variety in music. In Los Angeles, on February 23, 1994, a 17-year old young man killed his father in a dispute over loud music. Some reading this article grew up listening to Big Band, others loved Elvis, and others enjoyed the Beatles, Pearl Jam, or […]

Going On, Not Getting Out

The phone rang late at night in the home of a local librarian. On the other end of the line, a young voice asked, “What time does the library open?” Angrily, the librarian retorted, “It doesn’t open until 9:00 in the morning. Why in the world would you be calling at this hour to get […]

God’s ID

My family and I were recently the victims of identity theft, with someone somehow getting my bank pin number and purchasing a number of items. TA Superstore rejected their online attempts three times; then finally fell into the trap. Fortunately, Janet went online the very morning we were to drive to North Carolina for a […]

Thoughts of a Dad

Janet and I had all of our family together last weekend and we were thrilled to hear our son, Evan, preach in the Saturday worship service. I exercised the Senior Pastor prerogative by asking him to do so while here on vacation. He was stunned knowing how carefully I guard my pulpit and cherish my […]

Seed Start-Ups

As a youth, I visited Sequoia National Forest in California with my parents and was awed by the giant 300-feet tall trees. Some have trunks that are 30 feet in diameter and live up to 4,000 years. In the Middle East, I have seen palm trees that often bear fruit for 200 years. These creations […]

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