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Oyster People

During the ministry of John Wesley (founder of the Methodist Church), many churches were led by lay preachers with limited education. On one occasion, one of these simple preachers was called on to preach from Luke 19:21, which reads in the King James, “Lord, I feared thee, because thou art an austere man.” Not knowing…

Wounded Healers

A woman in a Bible study I was leading once declared that the nearly fatal disease she’d been fighting was the best thing that had ever happened to her. What she meant was that her pain and fear had led her to the true source of healing and peace. As a result of her diagnosis,…

A Chance Encounter

After taking communion I encountered a couple seated in the chairs, heads bowed, hands clasped together, and one praying over the other. Changing direction, I headed to the prayer candle table. My prayers of thanksgiving were: that people had been led to pause to turn burdens over to the power of God; that folks had…

Attitude is Key

Charles Swindoll writes, “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so, it is with each of us… we are in charge of our attitudes.” I came across a wonderful illustration of this that contains excerpts from the diary of a dog and…

Living on Kairos Time

Last weekend, we set our clocks ahead an hour to take advantage of Daylight Savings Time. I’ve never liked losing an hour of sleep, but I love the fact that the sun is now still shining at 7 pm and beyond! All this talk about time reminded me of an old song called “Living on…

Sitting in Circles

God’s love for us is never changing. How much we grow in love and faith, however, is up to us. William Boggs once wrote, “For many of us, religion is like an artificial limb. It has neither warmth nor life, and though it helps us stumble along, it never becomes a part of us. We…

Worship

John Huffman describes a moment he had with his daughter. He had been away for several weeks on a mission’s trip. When his airplane landed, he could hardly wait to see his wife and four kids, but he and the other passengers were detained in customs for two hours. Finally they let them proceed to…

Perfect Storm

The snow just keeps coming! As I write this, we are expecting another big snowstorm on Tuesday night. My wife, Tammy, who has been teaching in the Midwest for many years, doesn’t remember a winter as bad as this one in terms of school cancelations. Unfortunately, many of the snowstorms we have had over the…