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Kingdom of God Part 4

What a birthday party! Jesus’ birthday is the best party of the year. Praise God the Father for sending his only Son that we might trust him with our lives through the promise of forgiveness and gain an inheritance of eternity in heaven. We are all going to live forever, it is simply a matter ...

Why Didn’t I Ask?

I was talking to a close friend of the family the other day about times gone by, and we both — at the same time — questioned why didn’t we ask more questions about how something happened. There are any number of events or moments that now come to mind that I wish I had asked my Mother ...

Choosing the right survival foods

Some folks may think of beef jerky and trail mix as suitable “survival rations” but those foods alone don’t meet the nutritional needs of our two most important survival resources, our brains and our muscles. The foods we pack for survival situations need to contain the right kind of ...

New Year’s Welcome

The New Year welcomes us, and we begin to consider the possibilities ahead. Whether we are ready or not, it seems change always finds us, and we must be determined to meet any challenge with good sense and skill. Seeking to find some area where we can generate more control is in the ...

Advent Longings: Pondering Strasbourg

It is an Advent night, cold and dark and quiet, with an edge of longing darting through my reflections. International news has caught my attention again and my heart is breaking as I remember and pray. Earlier today, more violence erupted in our world. It is a daily occurrence — a moment by ...

Kingdom of God Part 3

Our discussion so far has sought to define and examine the Kingdom of God as the scripture presents it. We have found God establishing his kingdom on earth since the fall of creation through leaders such as Abraham, then Kings, then prophets with prophecies of a Messiah. Jesus is born and the ...

Jesus Christ is also Lord of the sabbath

From the King James Version: “And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the corn. And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful? “And he said unto them, ...

Being lost in wonder

Very clearly, I remember my first Philosophy class, taken my senior year in college. I loved it! If I had taken that class in my freshman year I would have changed my major! I would have been a thinker, a philosopher or as Dictionary.com puts it, “a person who offers views or theories on ...

Santa’s wilderness survival Christmas list

With Christmas less than a month away some of you may be having trouble coming up with gift ideas for the outdoors man or woman in your life. Well, I can’t exactly speak for Santa, but I’m pretty sure he knows a thing or two about survival (especially in winter). My guess is that instead ...

Your Kingdom Come, Part 2

Last time we met we began the examination of Jesus’ words “your kingdom come” in Matthew 6. We explored the Hebrew words for kingdom to discover God’s intent and plan since creation to the time of Jesus Christ. We found His kingdom was established as a divine monarchy beginning with ...

Heaven will surely be worth it all

This article concerning Heaven is based on my personal thoughts, inspirational reflections, excerpts and from Holy Scriptures preached on July 16, 1995 by Evangelist Jonathan Garlock from Saint Joseph Missouri, at the Evangelical Bible Church’s Shiloh summer camp meeting near Hurlock, ...

Your Kingdom Come

In our last discussion, we learned about our relationship with the Almighty God as our Father. A Father who is our King and whose name we want to be hallowed on earth. As we continue our trek through Jesus’ model prayer we grow closer to Christ, emulating his life and heart for the ...

Preparing for winter survival on the road

As winter weather has shown us already, it can come in swiftly and find us unprepared. However, a winter hazard that turns into a survival situation doesn’t have to catch us with our guard down. The key is knowing what to do and having the right gear by taking a layered approach to survival ...

Remember in November

As colder mornings are greeting us, November takes its prominent place on our kitchen calendars. There are few months annually fostering the important events that dominate upcoming November days. They are not times to be forgotten and left without our attention. Our focus must be deliberate, ...

You’re never too old to learn to read

Do you know? You are never too old to learn to read! For various reasons many adults in the United States have never learned to read. Not having reading skills makes every day life situations more difficult. Adults who cannot read learn ways to cope — by having friends and family read ...

What prayer is not, Part 2

Welcome back to our journey of discovering prayer. In our previous conversation we began to identify what prayer is not. We found three key principles. They were, 1. Prayer is not optional, 2. Prayer is not to honor ourselves, and 3. Prayer is not to be primarily public. Now we continue our ...

Readers Take Note

The old Charleston Civic Center will once again be home to a unique festival promoting West Virginia authors and books. From Oct. 26-27, a multitude of native writers will exhibit their latest editions of fiction, biography and informational books to increase the knowledge base about our ...

What prayer is not, Part 1

Can you think of a speech you have heard where you knew what was being said did not match up with what you had seen lived out by the presenter? Maybe a politician on campaign, someone getting an undeserved promotion, or even your parents in the infamous “don’t do as I do, but do as I say” ...

Navigating with a map, compass and nature

Whenever we venture into the wild it helps to carry a backup … maybe an extra knife or a second way to start fire. The same goes for navigation because even if we normally use a smart phone or GPS to provide location and direction, signals aren’t always available and batteries go dead. ...

Turning point for King David: Deal gently

This summer, as we have progressed through the saga of his life, we reach a turning point for King David, when the prophet Nathan was sent by God to confront David about his sin. Nathan told David a story about a poor man who had an ewe lamb. The ewe was a pet, eating out of the poor man’s ...