Scripture: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits . . . Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things . . . “ (Psalm 103:2,5 KJV). My early days of  marriage were marked with innumerable kitchen disasters. The food was often overcooked, poorly seasoned, too much, too little, etc. Somehow, we survived, and I slowly learned.  […]

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Scripture: ““I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8 ESV). I love jigsaw puzzles. My daughter and I have just completed one of one thousand pieces. Both  of us gazed in awe at the perfection and beauty of […]

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Scripture: “For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10). I love the story about the elderly man, almost bent double, who emerged from his doctor’s office much straighter and taller. “It’s a miracle,” his friend exclaimed. “What wonderful medicine did the doctor give you?”  The old fellow chuckled. “No medicine–just a longer […]

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Scripture: “Let the little children come to me . . .” (Luke 18:16) A little girl was given a lovely cross necklace and wore it every day. The pastor noticed and decided to teach the child a Bible lesson. “Jesus’s cross was not pretty and shiny. It was made of old, ugly wood.”   She didn’t hesitate to reply. […]

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I read of a soldier in World War II, pinned down by enemy fire, who found a crucifix in his foxhole.  When the backup troops finally arrived, a chaplain was among them. The soldier frantically held up the gold cross and cried out, “Preacher, I’m so glad to see you!  How do you make this […]

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My husband and I sold supplies to commercial fishermen on Dickinson Bay and had many friends in the fishing community. One man, however, resisted all attempts at friendliness. “Red” trapped and sold crabs, and he had the disposition of those unpleasant creatures. If someone said, “Good morning,” he was sure to growl, “What’s good about […]

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Scripture: . . they are turning whole families away from the truth by their false teaching. And they do it only for money (Titus 2:11 NLT). In her later years, my grandmother tried to spend a month each year with each of her twelve children.  The most exciting moments of my childhood were spent waiting with Mama […]

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Scripture: Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed.” When I was small, our family moved to a farm in southwestern Kansas, where my parents grew almost everything we ate.  Mama raised a lot of chickens, both for meat and for eggs.  One side of the chicken house […]

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Scripture: “Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there,  while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings.  Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed” (John 20:6-8 NLT). At that moment, […]

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Scripture:  Jesus’s words to Peter, “I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 16:19 NASB);  words of the Risen Christ, “I have the keys of death and Hades” (Revelation 1:13 NASB). In both these scriptures, keys are mentioned.  Jesus gave Peter the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. What were these? […]

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