The Wisdom of Obedience

In September of 2005, Hurricane Katrina brought widespread destruction to the entire Gulf Coast. At Pass Christian, Mississippi, the Category 3 hurricane brought with it a huge storm surge and reported sustained winds of 125 mph, bringing the water level to a reported elevation of 28 feet. When the winds died down and the water

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Castles of Snow

In 1996, Finns who couldn’t get enough of winter swarmed to the northern town of Kemi for the opening of a sprawling ice castle that featured a theater, a playground, an art gallery, and a chapel. (You could Google ” Kemi SnowCastle 2017″) This SnowCastle was originally built as a present to all the children

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The Guardian of My Soul

The Denver Post reported that Lexy Lowler, like many sheep ranchers in the West, had tried just about everything to stop crafty coyotes from killing her sheep. She used odor sprays, electric fences, and “scare coyotes”. She had slept with her lambs during the summer and has placed battery-operated radios near them. She corralled them

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Somewhere There’s a Woodpecker Waiting

NASA had reasons to be proud in 1995! In June of 1995, NASA had many reasons to be proud of itself. That month, the space agency had launched its 100th “manned” mission into space. It was also a time of “studied cooperation” between two once-rival space programs. The crew of the space shuttle Atlantis docked

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God’s Accuracy

(Elaine Melaire just sent me this. I had never seen it before and thought you might enjoy it. — Pastor Mandy) God’s Accuracy When GOD solves our problems, we have faith in HIS abilities; When GOD doesn’t solve our problems HE has faith in our abilities. God’s accuracy may be observed in the hatching of

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Christianity is Not About a Personal Relationship with Jesus

(I found this WONDERFUL blog! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.) Christianity In Not About a Personal Relationship With Jesus Theological Reflections by Chad Bird We talk about having personal things. We employ a personal trainer to help us shed pounds and get that coveted beachbody. We open a personal bank

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Loneliness

The German philosopher Schopenhauer compared the human race to a bunch of porcupines huddling together on a freezing winter’s night. He said, “The colder it gets outside, the more we huddle together for warmth; but the closer we get to one another, the more we hurt one another with our sharp quills. And in the

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Trust

So often things happen in our lives that just don’t seem to make any sense! How could God let this happen? But just consider for a moment everything that goes into making a chocolate cake. The sugar tastes pretty good .. and the Cream Cheese, cold water and butter. But the flour doesn’t taste very

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A Mixture of Success and Failure, Honor and Shame

In October 1864, word came to President Abraham Lincoln of a Mrs. Bixby, a Boston widow, whose five sons had all been killed fighting in the Civil War. Lincoln wrote his condolences: Dear Madame, I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you

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Some interesting history, some wonderful talent, and an enjoyable listen …

(Bob Berger sent me a wonderful post that I thought you might find intriguing about the black keys on the piano.  I didn’t know any of this! I hope you are as fascinated as I was.) At Carnegie Hall, gospel singer Wintley Phipps delivers perhaps the most powerful rendition of Amazing Grace ever recorded. He says, “A

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