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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Scripture:   “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another” (1 Peter 4:10 NLT). I read of a storekeeper who posted a sign warning, “Beware of the dog!” A puzzled customer looked around and saw only an ancient basset hound sleeping in the middle […]

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Scripture: [When Peter tried to walk to Jesus on the water and found himself sinking]  Immediately Jesus extended His hand and caught him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”  (Matthew 14:31 AMP) I might hold the world’s record for almost drowning. I never learned to swim. It looks like so much fun, I […]

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Scripture: [from one of St Paul’s letter from prison} ” . . . in chains for the gospel . . .” (Philemon 1:13 NIV). We know from Bible history that St Paul spent several years in Roman prisons, including several years under house arrest chained between two guards.  Every so many hours, these soldiers finished […]

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Scripture:  “With God, nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37 KJV). I grew up in a small town in Oklahoma.  On Saturday nights, cars filled with teenagers cruised from one end of Main Street to the other, honking, laughing, and flirting. We called this “dragging Main.” While the noise annoyed adults, this was much less dangerous than […]

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Scripture: Jesus’ cry from the cross–“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”  Along with the rest of the world, I grieve for little Charlie Gard and his parents. This precious little boy, so full of love and promise, has been given no hope for life. We too lost a baby several years ago.  My husband’s […]

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