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Thursday, March 6, 2014 • Posted March 7, 2014
Two seconds remain on the clock. The place kicker carefully notes where the ball will be spotted, takes a couple of measured steps back and two steps sideways. He glances up at the goal posts and then his full concentration is on the spot where the holder will place the football for the easy, game-winning field goal.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 • Posted March 7, 2014
Many live aimless lives full of doubt and misery because they do not know the answers to the three greatest questions man has ever asked: Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? One thing we can all be sure of is that we’re not going to live forever.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 • Posted January 27, 2014
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. - 2 Timothy 2:15 The Old Testament Learning to rightly divide the word of God is very important. In fact, if we are to find truth and walk in the light it is an absolute must.
Thursday, January 9, 2014 • Posted January 15, 2014
When I first looked at the college catalogue of career choices, I decided I wanted to become a forest ranger. The only problem was that in order to reach my goal I would have to take several math classes. Math was never my forte. Sure, I passed the high school algebra classes and even got A’s in geometry and trigonometry.
Thursday, January 9, 2014 • Posted January 15, 2014
We often with the coming of a new year think about ways to better ourselves in the future, a time to reflect on the past and learn and improve ourselves. We often title this a “new year’s resolution” and this can be very beneficial for us. We must honest evaluate ourselves and be willing to put the time and effort in so we can achieve our goals.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 • Posted December 31, 2013
After many years of service as a builder and missionary my father was retiring to the little town of his birth nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains of northern Mexico. He had been preparing for several years by swapping little pieces of land that he owned for other pieces of land that would all be contiguous with each other so that he could irrigate everything with the water from a single well.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 • Posted December 9, 2013
The book of 1 John teaches us that it is fellowship with God that makes the Christian life so full of joy. This is why the apostle John is encouraging Christians to walk in the light (1 John 1:4-7). Walking in the light is the key to maintaining fellowship with the Father and with the Son.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 • Posted November 8, 2013
When Paul preached on “Mars’ Hill” to the Epicureans and the Stoic’s in Acts 17 He encouraged them to seek the Lord “if haply they might feel after him, though he be not far from every one of us” (Acts 17:27). In that beautiful sermon the Holy Spirit made it clear that God has been revealed through His creation (Acts 17:24; also see Psalm 19:1-6 & Romans 1:20).
Monday, November 4, 2013 • Posted November 4, 2013
In 2 Kings 5 we’re introduced to Naaman, a valiant King of Syria who was also a leper. King Naaman sought a cure from God for this terrible disease by sending a message to the prophet Elisha. Speaking through His prophet, God told King Naaman how to be healed. The instructions were clear, concise and easy to understand: wash in the Jordan River seven times. The cure was so easy, it really demanded very little of Naaman.
Monday, November 4, 2013 • Posted November 4, 2013
I have had the pleasure of assisting my wife to document the graves in the Blanco Historic Cemetery. Each headstone has a story to tell. We are often struck by the sadness that must have been experienced by parents who had to lie to rest the bodies of their precious little ones.
Thursday, October 24, 2013 • Posted October 25, 2013
1 Thessalonians 5:23 Jesus spoke of the value of the soul in Mathew 16:26 when He said, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Our eternal soul is the most precious commodity we posses and it is worth fighting for. The scriptures teach that each of us is involved in a spiritual battle with eternal ramifications (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
Thursday, October 17, 2013 • Posted October 18, 2013
The book of Hebrews has some interesting things to say regarding Abraham. Hebrews chapter 11 is often referred to as the chapter about the heroes of faith and we will let the word of God explain why. Hebrews 11:17 says “By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son”.
Thursday, June 13, 2013 • Posted June 17, 2013
This summer's Free Family Movie Night series is a trip of Nora Ephron romances, a style commonly referred to as "chick-flicks". Ephron, who died a year ago, was a writer and director known for delivering intelligent movies which appealed mostly to women, and -- unusual for Hollywood -- long on warmth and humor but short on sex and strong language. The first, "You've Got Mail", starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, is a remake of the old "The Shop Around the Corner", the James Stewart-Margaret Sull ...
Thursday, June 13, 2013 • Posted June 17, 2013
Our Lord and savior said these words describing Himself in John 14:6. Let’s go back for just a moment to the beginning of the chapter in order to get the context established once again in our minds. Jesus was trying to comfort His disciples from the very first verse: “Let not your heart be troubled…” (verse 1).
Thursday, June 6, 2013 • Posted June 14, 2013
St. Jude Novena May the sacred heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the work now and forever. Sacred heart of Jesus, pray for us. St.. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. Say this prayer nine times a day for nine days. By the eighth day you will see results.