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Defending Your Faith

Proud grandparents we are, especially this past weekend as we joined family at our granddaughter’s confirmation.  I barely remember being that young, but do recall not wanting to learn about God/faith/Bible … I was too busy having (what I thought) was fun.  Looking at...

Who Do You Trust?

Let’s face it.  The longer a person lives, the more decisions must be faced.  Where do I go to school?  What should I be when I grow up?  Who do I marry?  Should I change jobs?  Where should I live?  Who should I vote for?  Is my doctor the best?  Where should I...

Three Days

I attended what some would call a women’s retreat this past weekend.  Oh, I had doubts before going – I had done this before … sign up, show up, then wanting to leave after three hours.  I wasn’t expecting the impact three days could have on me.  It turned out to be...

One Big Happy Family

I have to say I am part of one big happy (for the most part) family.  Sometimes I don’t know what to do with them, and sometimes I don’t know how to love them, but we always laugh (at ourselves and each other), cry when hurt, fuss and sputter.  I have no...

What Do You Worship?

Back in the olden days when I was a wee girl, the common question asked was “who” do you worship – meaning in whom do you place your faith?  Time moved on, however, and the “who” was replaced with “what” – meaning work, material objects, money, looks, power, etc. ...

Miracles Big or Small

Reports came out last week that Bible scholars believe the legendary Ark of the Covenant from the Old Testament accounts may have been moved to Africa after it was taken out of Israel.  The Ark is said to be a gold-covered wooden chest containing two stone tablets on...

Your Real Worth

I was self-conscious when I was little – crooked teeth, “pleasingly plump” (as my mother would say), and had a fat nose (I tried putting a close-pin on my nose while I slept once … then yanked it off in seconds).  Just felt I was never pretty enough, smart enough,...

Mercy and Grace

  I’ve been on this earth longer than dirt (well, it seems that way), but I’ve come to realize I have a lot more to learn, so I plan on being around awhile.  One of my biggest lessons over the last several years regarded my faith.  As a young Christian, I thought...

What the Future Holds

I reached a milestone this week – four years cancer free!  I’m filled with incredible gratitude for the blessing of health, but I don’t want to forget that time four years ago when I found out I had breast cancer. I have always kept my yearly physical appointments on...

If We Build It

The voice was calling to him from the cornfields of Iowa … “if you build it, he will come.”  That line worked well for Kevin Costner on the big screen in Field of Dreams.  However, there aren’t any cornfields in Pittsburg.  Let me explain. We’ve had three major...

Words of Wisdom

I like good quotes … short, sweet, succinct, simple, straight-forward.  Each week in church I look for one or two good quotes from the pastor, because I have just enough memory left to remember short and sweet.  This week I want to share some of my favorite quotes...

One Person’s Impact

I awoke yesterday morning to learn of the passing of Rev. Billy Graham, age 99.  Over the past several years, as he grew older and frailer, it was evident that his time on earth was drawing near to death’s doorstep.  I grew up listening to his sermons and attending...