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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 ...

Prayer 101: Learning how and why

The roar of the crowds, the electricity in the air, the anticipation of the unexpected. Walk into any sports stadium and feel the fervency of the fans. This goes beyond the stadium, however, into the stores, workplace and our homes. People are passionate about their favorite team, regardless if ...

Today is International Literacy Day

Today, Sept. 8, is International Literacy Day. It was founded in 1967 by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) and continues to be celebrated on Sept. 8 each year. International Literacy Day focuses attention on the need to promote worldwide literacy. ...

Prevailing prayer, a more sure word of prophecy

Jesus Christ, Almighty Jehovah God’s only begotten Son, throughout the gospels instructs us to pray. As God’s Holy Word declares: We ask, we receive, we seek, and we find. We knock and the door is opened unto us. We must first surrender our lives to Christ through conviction from his Holy ...

Let’s Go, Mountaineers!

MOUNTAINEERS — Autumn Saturdays spell adventures that are very special to a portion of our state’s population. Some awaken in the wee hours of the morning to begin their trip. They have been preparing since mid-week to make sure they arrive in Morgantown for game day. These gold and ...

Observing and learning from nature

The forests and wilderness areas, while being home to wildlife, also offer many opportunities to experience the unique and unexpected in nature. Recently while leading an Edible Plants Hike at Canaan Valley State Park our group was joined by a curious yearling doe who seemed genuinely ...

Journey through the work of the cross

The journey through the work of the cross we began so many months ago has now reached its conclusion. We have discussed in depth several words associated with Jesus the Christ and his work on, through and beyond the cross. It seems appropriate to close out this topic with a concise summary of ...

Taking a closer look at Psalm 42

That day was a Psalm 42 kind of day. It was as hot and humid as a North Carolina summer day could be and I had a yearning to be cool and comfortable. I had a longing to walk through the woods on my grandfather’s farm, where the shade of the trees would offer relief from the stickiness and ...