Sunday, April 22, 2018

From the Heart: Run With Endurance

From the Heart: Run With Endurance

At one point I was so tired I could hardly keep up. But I was afraid to slow down thinking they might lose me in the dark. Our two hour fishing trip turned into four and a half hours and when I finally saw the head lights on the truck and mom standing there waiting I had never been so glad of anything in my life.

From the Heart: An Empty Egg

March 31, 2018 by  
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From the Heart: An Empty Egg

When the women went to anoint the body of Jesus they knew he was dead. Some of them had seen him die. They were sure his body was in the tomb. But when they looked for it, it was gone. The tomb was empty! What had happened? The body had not been stolen. The Roman guards were not playing tricks on them. They were not imagining it. “The tomb was empty because Jesus had risen from the dead.”

From the Heart: Remembering

From the Heart: Remembering

Like married couples remembering back, we can recall God’s work, his great victories and his promises and proofs of his great love toward his people. Forgetting, on the other hand, almost amounts to treason. If one person forgets the all-important anniversary, tears and anger may follow.

From the Heart: Looking Above the Tumult

From the Heart: Looking Above the Tumult

There is little doubt that today’s world is in revolt against God. The powers of evil seem greater and louder than the forces for righteousness. But we need not be depressed by these frightening facts. God is on His throne.

From the Heart: Looking Beyond The Unknown

February 6, 2018 by  
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From the Heart: Looking Beyond The Unknown

Life is full of uncertainties. We don’t know what the next 24 hours will bring. It’s an uncharted course that may include blessings of great joy or heartbreaking loss. Because the future is unknown, it sometimes fills us with fear, making each new day a struggle. It sometimes keeps us from doing things that we know God wants us to do.

From the Heart: Sin Hurts God

From the Heart: Sin Hurts God

Satan knows us. He knows our strengths and our weaknesses. And he knows what and when to tempt us. God understands that and that’s why he sent His Son to redeem our souls from Satan.

From the Heart: Take Courage, It Is I

From the Heart: Take Courage, It Is I

The terror stricken disciples saw Jesus coming toward them walking on the water and they didn’t quite know what was really happening. Was it a ghost or something even more terrifying? Can you imagine the relief they felt when Jesus said, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

From the Heart: Shaping Up For Heaven

From the Heart: Shaping Up For Heaven

The scripture says our bodies are temporary houses of clay. A place where our eternal spirit lives until our body returns to dust. The pressure of God’s hand may hurt as he shapes our lives but we should remember he is getting us ready to fit in up there.

From the Heart: St. Nicholas

From the Heart: St. Nicholas

Many Christian parents wonder what to tell their children about Santa Claus. Some see red when they think about that jolly old elf getting all the credit. Others view him as a delightful fantasy that can do no harm. However, we could use Santa as a springboard for reinforcing young minds with the true meaning of Christmas.

From the Heart: Looking Back

From the Heart: Looking Back

Have you ever driven up a mountain side and stopped near the top and looked back? I remember diving from Phoenix to Flagstaff, Arizona. I had some time to kill so I took the old road instead of the interstate. Near the top there is a place to pull off the road and look back down the mountain. When I stopped and looked back from where I had come, it now seemed clearer, less treacherous, even the fog bank through which I had inched my way seemed clearer.

From the Heart: Life After Death

October 24, 2017 by  
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From the Heart: Life After Death

People have always wanted an answer to the question; “What happens to you after you die?” and the Psalmist were no different. They lived in an age without effective medicine, in an age when wars were fought hand to hand. Dead bodies were a familiar reality. Yet death, however familiar, remained mysterious and frightening.

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