Terry R. Townsend

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I Beseech You as Strangers and Pilgrim

I Beseech You as Strangers and Pilgrim

[249 words] "Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against your soul" (1 Pet. 2:11). I'm often amazed at just how many people there are, both within and without the church, who live as though this life is all...

They Hoisted the Trophy Without Him

They Hoisted the Trophy Without Him

[392 words] It was a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon. My son's Little League All-Star baseball team was playing in the Regional championship game. The team had won their first game earlier that afternoon to advance to the championship round. Just before the start of...

The Hanging of the King’s Men

The Hanging of the King’s Men

[321 words] "Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread. hath lifted up his heel against me" (Psa. 41:9). We have heard it said that history often repeats itself, and this was certainly true relative to the circumstances surrounding...

Calamity Cain

Calamity Cain

[422 words] In 1852, Martha Jane Cannary, a.k.a., Calamity Jane, was born. When she was 14 years of age her mother died, and then just one year later her father passed away. Following his death, Calamity Jane found work as a scout at Fort Russell. She was well known...

‘But Amnon Had a Friend’

‘But Amnon Had a Friend’

[394 words] "And it came to pass after this, that Absalom the son of David had a fair sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her. And Amnon was so vexed, that he fell sick for his sister Tamar; for she was a virgin; and Amnon thought it hard...

Selling the Old Collectibles

Selling the Old Collectibles

[323 words] While conversing with my father the other day we got on the subject of "collectibles." I asked him if they (my folks) still had some of the old toys my brother and I used to have. He said they had several old toys boxed up in the basement. Turns out they...

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

[287 words] The above cited question is one that has been asked repeatedly down through the years. It doesn't seem fair, many times, that good people suffer, especially at the hands of an evil-doer. Why do bad things happen to good people? • Bad things happen to good...

Polar Vortex

Polar Vortex

[336 words] Climate change activists have seized upon the recent frigid temperatures to promote their ever-evolving theory of "global warming." They claim that this "polar vortex" is further proof that our climate is changing and that if drastic measures aren't taken...

Don’t Lose Sight of the Mission!

Don’t Lose Sight of the Mission!

[332 words] King David, not long after establishing Jerusalem as Israel's military, political and religious center, desired to build the Lord a house. His home of cedar was now complete, but the Ark of the Covenant still remained within a tent (2 Sam. 7:1-2). But the...

All Things Work Together For Good

All Things Work Together For Good

[265 words] We’ve heard it said or maybe even said it ourselves, “Nothing good ever happens to me.” We get some bad news, things don’t go as planned, etc., and we immediately respond negatively. I recognize that some folks experience more misfortune than others, and...

Rally to Us There

Rally to Us There

[273 words] "And I said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, 'The work is great and widely spread, and we are separated on the wall, far from one another. In the place where you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there...'" (Neh....

Is There Enough Snow to Shovel?

Is There Enough Snow to Shovel?

[331 words] Several years ago I recall having awakened from my slumber to find that it had snowed a little while I had slept. It was just a ground dusting, but snow nonetheless. As I do every morning, I prepared myself for the day ahead, then I went in to get my...

A Deer and a Blind

A Deer and a Blind

[318 words] It was early Saturday morning. The alarm clock went off and I jumped out of bed, excited at the opportunity to do a little deer hunting. I threw on every article of clothing I found that was camouflaged, grabbed my bow, and headed to my blind (small...

Looking Back

Looking Back

“And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). I remember as a young boy learning the proper techniques in lawn care. The first few times on a lawn mower was with my father. He pointed...

Obstruction of View

Obstruction of View

[340 words] “And there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not. because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to...

Father Figure

Father Figure

  [248 words] Why is there so much violence, crime, hostility, anger, hatred, discrimination, disrespect, etc. in our world today? What’s wrong with America? I believe the answer can be summed up in two words: FATHER FIGURE. The ABSENCE of a father figure within...