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Are You Afraid Of Your Brother?

February 7, 2017

Have you ever been asked that poignant question? One day on my way home from elementary school, a girl asked me that. Not being one of the more popular kids in town, I immediately became defensive and replied, "Are you afraid of your …( read more )

The Dream

February 6, 2016

The dream seemed so real. Brilliant light flooded bright green trees and verdant grass. In the open air, a table covered with white linen stretched into eternity. Each place setting of fine bone china, crystal goblets, and shining, gold …( read more )

A Kind Reminder

March 2, 2015

It is seldom now that others mention or even remember that grief continues to be a big part of my life. That's why this note from a fellow devotional author caught me by surprise. Dear Brenda, I guess you are now settled into being the …( read more )

Control (Or Lack Thereof)

December 29, 2013

Recently, I felt like I had totally and completely lost control over every aspect of my life. Even though I didn't really realize what was happening, I had become angry at everything and everyone (including myself), and to be honest, with …( read more )

Time To Reconnect

August 5, 2013

On a recent Wednesday, I went to the hardware store to try and get parts for a leaky tub faucet. The man in the plumbing section was very helpful. He took the old part and said that he could try to take it apart so that we could replace …( read more )

A Royal Invitation

June 14, 2013

We have all been invited to something at one time or another, perhaps a dinner at someone's house, or a party, a barbecue, or a potluck supper. We have been invited to birthday parties and weddings, or to come to church with someone. From …( read more )

King's Buffet

April 21, 2013

We were recently at the King's Buffet restaurant with a group of friends. What an assortment of foods — a true feast! There was so much to choose from and too many choices to have something of everything — everything from breakfast items …( read more )

Putting First Things First

April 18, 2013

Perhaps she wasn't my first case of puppy love, but she's the first I remember fawning over and daydreaming about. Dad was preaching at a small-town church in low-country South Carolina. I was approaching my teen years — not particularly …( read more )

If

August 24, 2012

These words were in a television advertisement: "Many are picked, but few are chosen." The ad showed huge piles of coffee beans and a man rejecting batch after batch of the beans and saying, "If they are not ripe enough … (read more)

The Royal Wedding

April 30, 2011

Were you one of the two billion people estimated to have watched the royal wedding in London, England, yesterday? Perhaps you know someone who was among the million people lining the parade routes. Three generations have been raised on Disney … (read more)

Spiritual Dysfunction

February 2, 2011

I had a problem with my ice maker. The repairman responded quickly to my call. He performed the procedure that he thought necessary to get the water flowing. It did not work. He came again and decided my icemaker needed … (read more)

Questions

January 22, 2011

Have you ever noticed that throughout the gospels, Jesus often answers questions with a question? One of my favourite Bible studies, entitled "Our Hebrew Lord" by Dwight Pryor, provides several examples of Jesus in this particular situation. In this study, … (read more)

The Blue Jay

October 31, 2010

There is a tree not far from the covered patio behind my parents' house. For years, my mother has taken bread and other food, torn it into small pieces, and thrown it out off the patio. In the morning, there … (read more)

Speechless?

July 19, 2010

Old time western heroes are generally portrayed as the strong, silent type. These days, I've noticed more and more of those strong, silent folk in our churches. Many Christians don't participate vocally during praise and worship time. "I don't sing," … (read more)

Horns Of A Dilemma

June 7, 2010

I enjoyed reading the book, The Apologetics Of Jesus, by Norman L. Geisler and Patrick Zukeran. In it, the authors describe the various styles of arguments Jesus used in responding to the criticism of His opponents. Jesus, being fully aware … (read more)

Focus

December 23, 2009

Being a parent again is awesome, but it also changes one's focus. Plans revolve around this little one. My work schedule must co-ordinate with his school hours. Challenges and decisions focus on his best interest. Chores within the home situation … (read more)

First Things First

April 5, 2008

As far back as I can remember, I heard my parents saying, "Robbie, remember — first things first!" Every day, my parents arose first, washed, dressed, and prepared for the day, and then got my sisters and me up — … (read more)

Dress Up!

June 6, 2005

Our son's wedding was a very enjoyable day. We were all relaxed — all except the bride, who had those "I'm-the-centre-of-attention jitters". The bride had nothing to worry about; she was beautiful, and all went well! As mother of the … (read more)

What Can I Leave?

May 5, 2002

One day, just over a year ago, I sat down, thinking over the question, "What could I leave as a legacy for my friends and loved ones?" At that time, I was at a place in North Carolina where I … (read more)

The Generosity Of Receiving

October 26, 2000

A friend of mine is quite elderly and frail. In the past he has always been a dynamic man and enjoyed giving generously to others. Now, however, since experiencing three minor strokes plus the death of his wife a month … (read more)

Clear Thinking

February 28, 2000

Have you ever had a really productive day, a day when you rose up in the morning, clear-headed and alert? You tackled the chores, and those awkward little jobs you had been putting off, and everything seemed to go smoothly? … (read more)

Powerful Suggestion

September 29, 1999

When I was a boy, I felt rebellious whenever my parents would "order" me to do something. Being a somewhat "wilful" child, a mountainous "resistance" rose within me at the sound of a command. Then there were those other times … (read more)

Angeline

January 16, 1997

I recently completed a run of Nunsense II as Sr. Robert Anne. In Act 2, Robert has a solo called Angeline. It is the story of a young girl who fell in love with the image of being a nun. … (read more)

Ten Words Of Love (5)

October 27, 1996

The summary of the law in Deuteronomy chapter six, which Jesus quoted, is the greatest commandment: Love the Lord your God with everything you've got. And like the first of the ten, that commandment really begins with an affirmation of … (read more)

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