Stories can be a powerful way of conveying great truths, particularly to a resistant audience. A story originally attributed to Jacob Kranz, an 18th century Russian rabbi, illustrates this well.  One day, the rabbi’s students questioned him.  “Why do you always teach in parables?” In reply, he told another story: A young man named Truth […]

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With all the saber-rattling going on in the world today, many of the young men I know are beginning to wonder. “Are we going to war? Will I be called up?”  The very concept of a military draft is new to them.  I’ve lived through several wars—World War II, the Korean conflict, and Vietnam.  I […]

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One of the benefits of keeping a journal is to be able to look back and see progress (or lack thereof)  toward my goals.  I searched my entry for January 1, 2016, and found  some excellent resolutions (from “Board of Wisdom—Ten Ways to Love).” Listen without interrupting (Proverbs 18). Speak without accusing (James 1:19). Give without sparing (Proverbs […]

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Scripture:  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”  (Philippians 4:13 NKJV). Our nation, and in fact, our entire world is in terrible straits. We have abandoned God’s laws, and we are reaping the terrible rewards of our bad choices.  What can we do? What can I—an old lady of limited influence and […]

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