Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Thought for the day:
” At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.”  –Albert Schweitzer

I’ll never forget the letter I got in January 1977 from a friend in a church I attended in my youth.  The

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

The WORD for today:
He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

The news from TV and newspapers help us to be reminded that the coronavirus pandemic is serious business.  What is sometimes overlooked is how it

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Jesus came teaching the way back to God by using parables in hopes that everyone would understand why He came to earth.  He used examples from everyday life to enhance their understanding, but sometimes they still failed to get it.  Even the disciples who were with him everyday often failed to get it.

I plan to preach next Sunday about some of Jesus’s parables, and I will pose the question Jesus asked His disciples, “Do you really understand?”  One thing which hinders understanding is a closed mind.  Some folk simply refuse to open their minds to the possibility that what they have decided is true could possibly be false.

By choosing to understand and obey only the Holy Scriptures which support one’s own view point is dangerous for one’s immortal soul.  The Bible must be taken and understood as a whole book.  That is why daily Bible reading and study are critically important in discovering the truth.

Thought for the day:
“Trust one who has gone through it.”  –Virgil

O Wisdom on High, by You the meek are guided in judgment,
and light rises up in darkness for the godly.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020
I cannot know why suddenly the storm
Should rage so fiercely round me in it’s wrath;
But this I know — God watches all my path,
And I can trust.I may not draw aside the unseen veil
That hides the unknown future from my sight,
Nor know if for me waits the dark or light;
But I can trust.

I have no power to look across the tide,
To see while here the land beyond the river;
But this I know — I will be God’s forever;
So I can trust.
–L. B. Cowman

Almighty God, giver of every good and perfect gift,
teach us to render to You all that we have and all that we are,
that we may praise You not with our lips only,
but with our whole lives,
turning the duties, the sorrows, and the joys of all our days
into a living sacrifice to You;
through our Savior Jesus Christ.
Thank You for the natural world,
in which we find the means to be clothed and housed.
Help us to see our place among these gifts,
not to squander them or think of them as means for selfish gain.
May we respect the life of all You have made.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

–Pastor John

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord; and he delighteth in his way.  (Psalm 37:23)

It was World War II in Europe.  Joe’s duty was to aid the Captain of his company.  The company had advanced a little today.  It was no easy task to prepare for the night.  Joe had just finished digging two trenches for his and the Captain’s bed rolls for the night.  The bed rolls were in place and Joe was ready to hit the sack.

A super secret message came from Italian headquarters which had to be carried to the flank of the adjacent company.  The Captain said, “I’m sorry Joe, but you are the only one I can spare to carry this message.’

Joe started off with dragging steps grumbling as he went.  When he returned he found an enemy mortar attack had made a direct hit on his bed roll in the trench.  But for the grace of God calling him to an

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