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Posts Categorized: Inspirational

If Only They’d Listened

On December 7, 1941, two Army Air Force radar operators on Oahu reported a blip on their screen, which looked like dozens of planes approaching Pearl Harbor. They reported it to Lt. Kermit Tyler, who had been on the job only two days. Tyler knew a squadron of twelve B-17 Flying Fortresses was due to… Read more »

The Advent Wreath – O Little Town…

One of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions is the Advent wreath. On each of the four Sundays in Advent (the four weeks before Christmas), our family gathers around the wreath with cookies and eggnog and hot chocolate. Not only is this cozy family time, but it focuses us with joyful anticipation on the birth of… Read more »

The Advent Wreath – Messiah Is Coming!

One of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions is the Advent wreath. On each of the four Sundays in Advent (the four weeks before Christmas), our family gathers around the wreath with cookies and eggnog and hot chocolate. We light the candles, read Scripture passages, and sing carols. Not only is this cozy family time, but… Read more »

Thoughts for This Veteran’s Day 11/11/11

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the First World War came to an end. The Armistice was signed for the War to End All Wars, but peace was built on a shoddy foundation, and war returned, nastier than ever. The end of the Second World War brought the… Read more »

A Solemn Responsibility

When I became a pharmacist, I was struck by the realization that I held other people’s lives in my hands. If I enter the prescription into the computer for the wrong patient, select the wrong medication or strength from the shelf, fail to recognize a drug interaction, calculate the wrong dose, or commit any number… Read more »

The Call? It’s for You!

“Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.” When God spoke those words to Abram in Genesis 12:1, perhaps He tickled a latent dream in Abram’s heart. Perhaps He scared the man. While the Bible doesn’t mention Abram’s emotional reaction, it does chronicle his action…. Read more »

Missing the Mark

Algebra. I loved it, but as a parent the word makes me shiver. Today I corrected my son’s algebra homework. Although he got every problem correct, I made him redo the entire page. Why? He didn’t show his work. In algebra, the process is as important as the answer. If turned in, that paper would… Read more »

Be Prepared

Does the thought of evangelism scare you? Sometimes we make the process bigger and more intimidating than it needs to be. The story of Philip and the Ethiopian (Acts 8) shows us a simple three-step process. 1) Listen to the Spirit Philip was told by the Spirit to approach the Ethiopian. Obviously the Holy Spirit… Read more »

Got Barriers?

“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these’” Matt. 19:14. We agree with those words. We go out of our way to make church an inviting and welcoming place, with smiling greeters and warm décor. But are there barriers… Read more »

Throwing Stones

Log on to the Internet and you see it. Turn on the TV and you hear it. Hang around human beings and you can’t miss it. Sin. Every day we’re assaulted by tawdry images, vile behavior, and egotistical attitudes. People flaunt their sin without shame. How should the Christian react? Appalled, we often speak out,… Read more »