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The Flag We Fly

The Flag We Fly

[279 words] As Americans, there are few sights that thrill us as much as seeing the “Stars and Stripes” billowing in the breeze over a free nation. When July 4th rolls around, many of us find ourselves rallying around our flag, thankful for the freedom we enjoy in our great country. The common purpose and…
Dad’s Wisdom

Dad’s Wisdom

[199 words] How many of us heard our fathers make the statement: “If all your friends jumped off a cliff, would you?” Of course, we were being scolded for doing something dangerous or hurtful. That’s when we offered our excuse: “but everyone was doing it.” As soon as those words hit my father’s ears, he…
It’s What You Do With It

It’s What You Do With It

[290 words] Walter Hunt was great at making things. He just wasn’t good at doing something with what he made. In 1834, he inventing the first sewing machine but never filed a patent on it. Someone else did and made a fortune. He didn’t make that mistake again with the first fountain pen and first…
True Happiness

True Happiness

[365 words] It is probably an understatement, but we live in a very unhappy world. Unhappiness is seen on the faces of so many as they try to maneuver through the difficult challenges of everyday life. Unhappiness is not only seen on the poor unfortunates of our world, but it can be seen on so…
God Still Wants Me!

God Still Wants Me!

[347 words] When it is first printed a $100 bill is crisp and clean and you can take that bill and buy $100 dollars worth of merchandise. That bill will then pass through many different hands in the next 15 years, the expected life of that bill. The bill will become crumpled, worn, wrinkled, possibly…
Darwin’s Arch Collapses

Darwin’s Arch Collapses

[502 words] So the headlines read when a massive stone bridge in the Galapagos islands named after the famous biologist broke in the middle and left two towers of solid rock jutting out of the ocean. But the recent fall of this monument was not merely the loss of a reminder of the work of…
Who is Dad?

Who is Dad?

[361 words] Who is dad? He is a man of Faith, that is, he is committed to the Lord Jesus and leads his family is the straight and narrow way. For a man who is a husband and father to not do this is to let his family down.  He is a man Assured of…
You Are of Your Father

You Are of Your Father

[453 words] In the heart-felt book of John, Jesus has several confrontations with the Jews of that day to prove to them His deity. Of note, the discussion in John 8 is particularly passionate. The hardness of heart of these people broke the Savior’s heart as they claimed allegiance to God, to the things of…
To Be Noble

To Be Noble

[283 words] According to Philippians 4:8, whatever is noble is listed second among the many things upon which we are to think (cf. NKJV). How often do we make the effort to focus on the noble? Do we even really know what the word means? After all, it isn’t a term that is used very…
Christ Wants Us!

Christ Wants Us!

[261 words] In Philippians 4, we see three things that Christ wants of us: Christ wants us to be what we ought to be. Phil. 4:11, “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” Jesus wants us to be content and satisfied with…
Pain and Suffering

Pain and Suffering

[332 words] We are dealing with pain and suffering. Our varying degrees of “hurt” are different because we all are on different journeys to the same place. Our labor and toil are met each day with emotional, social, financial, and physical pain. Our wounds can make us incapable of moving from one hour to another.…
Blood or Baptism?

Blood or Baptism?

[512 words] What saves us from our sins, is it the blood of Christ or baptism into Christ? This is a great question, one of which we should give great thought to, because our soul hangs in the balance. The New Testament speaks of those who obey not the Gospel receiving God’s wrath (2 Thess.…
Home Without A Bible

Home Without A Bible

[68 words] What is home without a Bible?Tis a home where day is night.Starless night, for over life’s pathwayHeaven can shed no kindly light. What is home without a Bible?Tis a home where daily breadFor the body is provided,But the soul is never fed. What is home without a Bible?Tis a family out at sea,Compass…
God Can’t Do Everything

God Can’t Do Everything

[518 words] These words can sound discouraging. Doesn’t the Bible say, “For with God nothing will be impossible” (Luke 1:37)? Which way is it? The same Bible that says nothing is impossible with God also says there is something He cannot do. “It is impossible for God to lie” (Heb. 6:18). God “cannot lie” (Titus…
For Your Heirs

For Your Heirs

[515 words] “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children” (Prov. 13:22). The good side of an inheritance is that it gives children a start in life. It is one of the most effective forms of compound interest ever devised. The bad side is that children often fight over an inheritance. One man…
It is Impossible for God to Lie

It is Impossible for God to Lie

[186 words] How many things can you absolutely count on in life today? Can you absolutely count on having hot water in your morning shower? Can you absolutely count on your refrigeration not dying during the night? Can you absolutely count on your car starting every morning? Can you absolutely count on the red lights…
What Can I Do?

What Can I Do?

[504 words] “I do not feel as close to the Lord as I once did. I know that I do not study and pray as I once did. I want to be close to God again. What can I do?” We have all felt this way! We have awakened to find ourselves adrift from God.…
Saved By The Book

Saved By The Book

[344 words] Rick Waggoner began driving his morning bus route just as he had for the last ten years. He was forced to pull over when his bus broke down. Three young men approached the bus and savagely proceeded to shoot Rick twice in the chest, once in the hip, and also stabbed him in…
Unapproachable Light

Unapproachable Light

[207 words] The sun, as you know, is pretty hot. In 2018 NASA aimed straight for it, launching the Parker Solar Probe. It is now the first spacecraft to have flown into the low solar corona, the sun’s lower “atmosphere.” as it were. The probe is fitted with a four-inch-thick carbon-carbon material, the most sophisticated…
The Instruction of a Father

The Instruction of a Father

[582 words] Fathers are important to the development of children. We are thankful for those men who take seriously the command of Ephesians 6:4 by lovingly bringing their children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord rather than provoking them to anger. In their interactions with their children, fathers must avoid relating to…
Bible Quiz: 2 Peter 3:5-7

Bible Quiz: 2 Peter 3:5-7

[64 words] True or False: holy women with faith in God practiced a quiet and gentle spirit.Who was given as an example of a submissive wife?“Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with __, giving __ to the wife…”Peter calls the wife the __ vessel.“…and as being __ together of the __ of life, that your __…
Bible Quiz: 2 Peter 3:5-7

Bible Quiz: 2 Peter 3:8-12

[62 words] “Finally, all of you be of one __, having __ for one another…”Instead of evil for evil, Peter said to instead return __.True of False: You can still inherit a blessing if you take vengeance on others.“He who would love __ and see __ days, let him refrain his tongue from __ and…
Bible Quiz: 2 Peter 3:5-7

Bible Quiz: 2 Peter 3:13-17

[74 words] “But even if you should suffer for __’ sake, you are__.”“But __ the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a __ to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;”Were Christians sometimes defamed as evildoers?“…those who __ your good…
Bible Quiz: 2 Peter 3:5-7

Bible Quiz: 2 Peter 3:18-22

[107 words] “For Christ also suffered __ for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to__, being put to death in the flesh but made __ by the Spirit,”True of False: By the Spirit, Jesus went and preached to the spirits in prison.How many souls were saved through water in Noah’s…
Quotes and Sayings (June 2021)

Quotes and Sayings (June 2021)

[285 words] “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” — John Lubbock “Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the…
On the Lighter Side (June 2021)

On the Lighter Side (June 2021)

Summer Riddles Q: What do cats like to eat in the summer?A: Mice Cream Cones! Q: What do you call a tiger that drinks lemonade?A: A sour puss! Q: What do frogs eat in the summer?A: Hopsicles!  Q: Why can’t you play hide and seek with mountains?A: Because their always peeking Q: Where do sheep…
If Not for Godly Mothers

If Not for Godly Mothers

[300 words] There are a lot of things in life that we might be able to do without, but the benefits of godly mothers are not one of them! Can anyone imagine what this world would be like if it were not for them? We would miss: The Teaching of Eunice. Timothy’s mother, along with…
Scars Tell a Story

Scars Tell a Story

[372 words] A few years ago, on a hot summer day in Florida, a young boy decided to go for a swim in the small pond behind his house. It was hot outside so the thought of a cool swim called to the lad. The boy ran and dove into the water – not realizing…
I Miss You Mom

I Miss You Mom

[66 words] I thought of you with love today,but that is nothing new.I thought about you yesterday,and days before that too.I think of you in silence,I often speak your name.All I have are memories,and your picture in a frame.Your memory is my keepsake,with which I’ll never part.God has you in his keeping,I have you in…
Washington’s Mother

Washington’s Mother

[110 words] A French officer once asked George Washington’s mother how she managed to rear such a splendid son. She simply replied, “I taught him to obey.” Obedience is something that must be taught. In the perilous times, there will be those who are “disobedient to parents” (2 Timothy 3:2). The whole idea of rebellion…
Right Thinking

Right Thinking

[200 words] Our thoughts control our life. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8). The God of peace…
Seems Right, or Actually Right?

Seems Right, or Actually Right?

[181 words] There are a lot of things I could tell you that you’d probably believe. How about: I went to the gym yesterday for about two hours. Just as you are about to compliment my efforts my wife walks by and says “No, he didn’t! He sat around like a bum and watched TV…
The Worst Part Was the Political Implications

The Worst Part Was the Political Implications

[256 words] Alfred Packer was a man made infamous by his peculiar crime; cannibalism. The fact Packer had murdered and eaten five hunting companions during a Colorado blizzard in 1873 was horrifying. Hardly anyone could think of a worse crime, well except for one person. The judge at the trial M. B. Gerry was quoted…
Sign Me Up!

Sign Me Up!

[358 words] Have you ever received an offer that seemed too good to refuse? Perhaps at a department store the clerk entices with 25 percent off your purchase if you sign up for a credit card. Or, you watch a demonstration of a fantastic new product but the catch is you must buy it right…
What’s Good About Guilt?

What’s Good About Guilt?

[440 words] Guilt is defined as “a feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offense, crime, wrong, etc.” What is good about this? When sin is committed and guilt follows, it could lead someone to repentance. It is good guilt that burdens the soul to the point that the need of a change is seen.…
Ten Percent

Ten Percent

[278 words] In Malachi 1:8, the Lord is very put off about the sacrifices offered to Him. He calls out the people because what they offer to Him, they would not offer to a political leader. It is this way today, I am afraid. We offer to the Lord something, but if a prominent leader…
Who Is Jesus?

Who Is Jesus?

[474 words] Divine names are extremely significant and packed full of meaning Men like Abraham, Jacob, Moses and David received a progressive revelation of the character of God by means of those names. B.F. Westcott once wrote, “Each name authoritatively given to God is, so to speak, a fresh and lasting revelation of his nature.…
Seven Negative Effects of Missing Worship Services

Seven Negative Effects of Missing Worship Services

[58 words] 1. Worship becomes less edifying for everyone. 2. Church leaders become discouraged. 3. You lose touch with congregational life. 4. The church is robbed of the resources it needs. 5. Another learning and growth opportunity is wasted. 6. Your conscience becomes more calloused with each missed service. 7. You teach by your example…
The Lessons of Loss

The Lessons of Loss

[336 words] “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die,…a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance” (Ecclesiastes 3:1,2,4). I have not met anyone that really likes going…
Tomorrow

Tomorrow

[273 words] I have a riddle for you! What is it that a man does not have, but that he often uses to rob himself of happiness here and heaven hereafter? You looked at the title, didn’t you? The answer is, “Tomorrow.” “Tomorrow” is one of the most dangerous words in our language. It robs…
At What Price?

At What Price?

[271 words] Let’s say a man show up at your home, knocks on the door and says, “I saw your car in the drive, I always wanted one just like it, can I buy it from you?”, what do you do? Well, I guess it depends on how much you like your car. If it…
Jesus Wants to Be Your Friend

Jesus Wants to Be Your Friend

[449 words] Abraham Lincoln is credited with saying, “The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships.” We all like to have friends, but having close friends is a great blessing. The reason for this is that in close friendships, we have companionship, sympathy, encouragement, support, acceptance, love, trust—the positive list goes on and…
Taking the Correct Trail

Taking the Correct Trail

[156 words] “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death” (Proverbs 14:12). When hiking, it can be dangerous to follow the wrong trail. In fact, wandering off trail is the number one reason that adult hikers require rescue. This is what happened to Sue Clements, a…
Where Can We Find Peace?

Where Can We Find Peace?

[363 words] It seems this day and age there are not very many who are at peace. Nations are in dispute, families are in disarray, and people are dissatisfied. We rush about trying to bring peace and order to our lives, but to no avail. When we find a moment of peace, it seems to…
It’s a Small World After All

It’s a Small World After All

[393 words] While at Disney recently, our kids so enjoyed the “It’s a Small World” ride. If you have never had the “joy” of this, it is a boat trip through various animatronic cultures all singing the same song in different languages. Part of the song goes, “there’s so much that we share that it’s…
Bible Quiz: 2 Peter 3:5-7

Bible Quiz: 2 Peter 2:1-3

[80 words] True or False: Peter says there will not be false teachers like there were in the past.False teachers bring in destructive __, even __ the Lord who bought them.“Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this __, to stir you up by __ you…”True or False: The Lord…
Bible Quiz: 2 Peter 3:5-7

Bible Quiz: 2 Peter 2:4-11

[82 words] “For if God did not spare the __ who __, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment…”“…and did not spare the ancient __, but saved __, one of eight people…”What two cities does Peter mention as being examples of God’s judgment upon…
Bible Quiz: 2 Peter 3:5-7

Bible Quiz: 2 Peter 2:12-17

[85 words] “But these, like natural brute __ made to be caught and __, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption…”“and will receive the wages of __, as those who count it pleasure to __ in the daytime.”What kind of children did Peter call those…