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A Lesson From the Shepherds

Luke 2:8-20 I know that Christmas is over, but I’ve been thinking a lot about the shepherds in the Christmas story lately. We all know that a host of angels appeared to the shepherds and told them about the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The shepherds...

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Time OUt

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline." (Proverbs 1:7) Remember when ‘time out’ was when the umpire called for a break? Then maybe you’re as old as I am. The little blue chair, off to the side in my daughter’s...

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The Starfish

While walking on the coast guard pier in Monterey, CA, yesterday my eyes were drawn to the beautiful starfish in the water. They gracefully lay draped upon the rocks in the Monterey Bay. Their color was a vivid orange- just vibrant, and appearing so full of life. The...

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The Candy Shelves

"You are precious and honored in my sight, and... I love you." (Isaiah 43:4) She was waiting for her mom there in the drugstore, standing near the cash register with her eyes glued to the candy shelves. She was maybe 5 or 6. For that little girl, paradise was just a...

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In December, 2003the youth at my church presented the musical "The Surprising Christmas Pageant ( The Story of the Birth of Christ Told with Humor, Mystery and Awe)" by Dennis Hartin. In this musical an angel went to Mary and told her the message from God about her...

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I love pockets. When clothes shopping, I think twice about purchasing pants that have no pockets. I like aprons with pockets. And terry cloth bathrobes that have roomy pockets. They are handy for everything from paper towels to hamsters. When one of our sons was...

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Drought Survival

"This is what the LORD says…… 'blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries...

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I gathered a handful of greeting cards from the table and sought somewhere to keep them. They were precious and I wanted to keep them safely. “I need a box,” I said to thin air and there was an immediate use for one of the cardboard boxes I can’t bear to throw away....

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