Hear a New Possibility

One of the most significant moments of my faith journey took place when I was 16 years old. I took part in a three-day retreat called Chrysalis. The leaders challenged us in our discussions about the faith. The work that was put into the planning and execution of the event was obvious. However, there was one thing that helped to make this a significant moment for me. I lost my voice the day before the event began. I had come down with a serious case of laryngitis…

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Philippians 2:12-15

Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without murmuring and arguing, so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world.

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James 1:19-20

“Know this, my beloved brethren.  Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, for the anger of man does not work the righteousness of God.”

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The Gift of Listening

One of my favorite TV shows from when I was a kid was Home Improvement. This great show featured Tim Allen playing Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor. The show was based on the fictional family, the Taylors. Tim and his wife, Jill, played by Patricia Richards, had a wonderful family with three boys. Their family, especially Tim, often found themselves in difficult situations. Although the show was a comedy, it was often based on real life struggles.

The show featured a dad that was often the cause of the struggles his family faced. Tim would unwittingly cause a problem and then try his best to solve it. Unfortunately, Tim did not always possess the wisdom needed to lead his family out of the problems he created. When he really struggled, he would turn to Wilson, his wise and experienced neighbor…

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David and Goliath

The story of David & Goliath is one of the great stories of our faith. It is the story of a powerful solider, Goliath. He is a giant of a man, who is strong and brash. Goliath is described as a “Champion of the Philistines.” They are the dreaded enemies of Israel. Goliath and the Philistines had come to the Valley of Elah, which is only about 15 miles from David’s home outside of Bethlehem. They had a strong army, better equipped than the army of Israel, led by King Saul. Things were not looking good for Israel. They were outmatched on this battlefield and there was no better example of that than the great warrior Goliath…

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The Best of Ourselves

a special gift was made to a teenager named Fallon.  Fallon is a young man who loves music.  He loves the guitar.  He often goes to the local music store to play the guitars on display.  He has a dream guitar in that store.  It is a bright blue “Flying V” guitar.  It is the same one played by Darrell Abbott, the now deceased lead guitarist of the band, Pantera.

One day, Fallon was in the store playing his favorite guitar when a stranger witnessed the joy on Fallon’s face.  After Fallon finished playing, the stranger (who remains anonymous) went to the store owner and bought the Flying V… for Fallon…

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Overcome Trials With Good

On December 7, 1941, “A day that will live in infamy,” the Japanese attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor. On that terrible day, 2,403 U. S. personnel and 129 Japanese personnel died. These actions catapulted the United States into World War II.  In just one day, our country went from a time of relative peace to preparing for war. In just moments, everything changed for our country.

One of the terrible decisions made by the United States during the start of our involvement in World War II was to intern those of Japanese descent…

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

During the summer of 2019, my family and I took a road trip. It was a wonderful time of relaxation and exploration. We journeyed through several states, spending time at the beach, eating great food and having fun wherever we went. We also took time to visit several historical sites on our trip.

One of the places Aimee and I wanted to visit, while we were in the state of Alabama, was the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. For many years this beautiful church served as a place of worship, a meeting hall, and a center from where the fight against segregation was organized. This church was the center in the struggle for justice…

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Philippians 2:1-4

“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any incentive of love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

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1 John 3:23-24

And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

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