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Deliver Me From What?

Deliver Me From What?

“Be pleased, O God, to deliver me; O Lord, make haste to help me.” Psalm 70:1 “Deliver me; O Lord, make haste to help me.” In the wake of recent events, these words bring such comfort to my soul. Deliver me is an appropriate response to the social unrest visible in the news. Many of us seek an escape from the anger consuming so many in our nation. Liberal, conservative, the fringe elements of both, Democrat, Republican, they all possess a rage and…

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Wiping Away Tears

Wiping Away Tears

“Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces,”  Is. 25:8b My daughter is not much of a crier. When she does cry, it’s often at the most random of times and in the strangest of places. She would look at us and say, “I have no idea why am I crying right now, but I can’t stop.” Then we would all laugh. Pain and suffering are not always reasons for people’s tears. My wife, also not much…

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Hope in a Field of Fears

Hope in a Field of Fears

“ It is my eager expectation and hope… Christ will be exalted now as always in my body, whether by life or by death.” Philippians 1:20 When President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his inauguration speech in 1933, the nation was feeling the full brunt of the depression. Every aspect of life was crippled and struggling to stand. Due to the effects of polio, the president himself needed support to stand and deliver his speech. His demeanor during the campaign was one…

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Hey, Read the Signs

Hey, Read the Signs

“You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.” Mt 16:3b It turns out there is some validity to the saying, “Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky in the morning, sailors warning.” According to the Farmer’s Almanac, “As rays of sunlight bounce off water vapors in the atmosphere, they split into the colors of the spectrum.” Stable air conditions produce a red color. Since most weather patterns move from…

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When Light Fills My Path

When Light Fills My Path

“They said to him, “Who are you?” John 8:25 We used to take students at camp for environmental education on a hayride to the Frosty Frog ice cream parlor. When the ice cream was being served, the driver of the hay wagon would leave to turn it around to bring the students back to their cabins. One evening, when I was driving the hay wagon, I left to walk up to where it was parked. As I walked in darkness,…

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Not Good to be Alone

Not Good to be Alone

“…God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone;”  Gen. 2:18 In the movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, four lost souls accidentally become a community of friends. Each one is from a different planet, so they have a difficult time communicating. In one funny exchange, group member, Rocket, shares an observation about another member of the group, Drax. Rocket says of Drax, “His people are completely literal. Metaphors go over his head.” To which Drax responds, “Nothing…

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Why Are You Afraid?

Why Are You Afraid?

“He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” Mark 4:40 Our family once took a canoe trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northern Minnesota. At the time, our children were really young for a trip of this nature. We needed to think carefully about weight distribution and make allowances for their limited ability to paddle. The morning we packed the canoes to head home, it became very windy. The winds were the front…

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Light, Dark, Fear, Peace

Light, Dark, Fear, Peace

My soul yearns for you in the night, my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. (Is.26:9a) Our house is the only house in the neighborhood to leave a light on at night. We leave one small light on above the sink in the kitchen. Something about that light makes me feel more comfortable with the darkness. I often wonder what our neighbors think about our light. The darkness of our neighborhood reminds me of an urban youth group I once drove to…

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Value by Volume

Value by Volume

A couple of fears haunt me and never seem to go away. They periodically shape my dreams. Sometimes I catch myself randomly thinking about them during the day. One of these fears is needing to collect money from the people on my paper route. Only I haven’t been delivering them papers for years. Another one is having to play the french horn in front of a group of judges. Except, I haven’t played the french horn in 35 years and…

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