Hearing it again for the first time

  Praise God for music.  Music touches hearts, stirs emotions, and permanently plants information in our minds.  I love all kinds of music, but I am amazed how often I hear the lyrics incorrectly.  And I am not alone.  I remember a comedy sketch where people were interviewed...
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Submitting to the love of God

  The waffle iron was hot, and the table was set.  I just needed my daughters to arise from their slumber, so we could have breakfast.  I found open eyes as I entered one daughter’s room.  She was awake, and she was enjoying the comfort of her bed.  I leaned over to kiss her...
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Let us pray

  As a pastor, I receive many unexpected phone calls.  Some people call to announce good news.  Others are seeking love and care when tragedy strikes.  Sometimes I get a call like this, “Pastor Ron, I have been reading my Bible and I feel like I need to get right with God. ...
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The simple truth

  I come from a family of storytellers.  We thoroughly enjoy sitting around the table and telling stories.  There are stories about our childhood as well as our grandparents, and there are plenty of stories about hunting and fishing.  It seems to me that the length of the...
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We all need some resurrection power

  If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.  But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.  For...
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Blessing God with our pursuit of unity

  I love being a husband and a father.  One of my great joys is to come home from work and see my family loving each other.  I remember coming home on a day when all of my children were playing together in one of the bedrooms with the door closed.  I crept toward the room...
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The work of the Holy Spirit continues.

  Jesus told His disciples it would be better for them when He departed, because He would send the Holy Spirit after He ascended into heaven (John 16:7). “And He (Holy Spirit), when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;...
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It is better for you that I depart

  Jesus chose twelve ordinary men to follow Him as His disciples.  I love everything about that.  I love that Jesus chose ordinary men from various professions who had diverse natural abilities and interests.  I love that Jesus focused deeply on training a few.  I lo...
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Pursuing holiness together

  I recently began to take greater interest in my physical health.  I watched the quantity and quality of the food I ate, and I eliminated drinks with sugar.  I felt better after losing some weight, and I realized I also needed to start exercising.  I desired to make better...
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Farewell dear brother

The world lost a hero recently.  Jim Downing passed away on February 13, 2018, in his Colorado home.  At 104, Jim was the second oldest survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  He was a war hero who was equally comfortable in the presence of a US President or a young child.  He...
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