Faith & Values
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If you are like me, you are getting used to using self-check-out lines when you shop. Stores which hire fewer cashiers force customers who want to finish their shopping quickly to use self-check … more
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18 The Bible teaches us the good news that God has … more
So often, I see situations wherein some of us are misusing God’s grace, something we don’t even deserve, and it grieves my heart. Therefore, this is an opportune time for me to share this Word … more

Reading the Bible with me? Then grab your pen and journal and read Isaiah 43-45. The recurring theme in these three chapters is “Fear Not!” Fear is of the devil when it strikes at the heart of a … more
Sometimes a single word can bring a thousand memories to mind, words like: “Mom,” “Dad” or “Sweetheart.” Some names from the Bible are like that. Adam and Eve make us think of Paradise … more
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 Usually, at this time of year we consider what it … more
From a child, I have always heard this adage, “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop!” Of course, when I heard it over and over as a child, I did not know exactly what it meant. In later years, … more

My friend, Bob Johnston, was pastor of the First Baptist Church of Rolla for over 30 years. He recently retired, but since then has been writing a regular blog. I always find what he writes very … more
It (love) always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:7-8a Some of this life’s greatest hurts are the result of a love that didn’t … more
According to, Corrie ten Boom, was born in Haarlem, Netherlands, in 1892, and grew up in a devoutly religious family. During World War II, she and her family harbored hundreds of Jews … more
Reading the Bible with me? Then grab your pen and journal and read Isaiah 29. If you see the word Ariel in verse one, it sounds like a Hebrew term meaning altar or hearth. Jerusalem was certainly … more

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 1 Corinthians 13:6 Right now, our world has some strange ideas about what love is and what love is not. Maybe we are having a difficult … more
“A group of fleas are placed in a jar with a lid on it. The fleas initially try to jump out of the jar, but they keep hitting their heads on the lid. Eventually, the fleas stop jumping as high and … more
Reading the Bible with me? Then grab our pen and journal and read Isaiah 13-15. We will focus on Isaiah 14:13-16. Many think these verses recount the archangel Lucifer’s fall from heaven. Jewish … more
“What in the world were you thinking, Kenneth Ray… The very idea! What are people going to think when they hear you singing about your mother leaving her family to run off to some bar… And how … more

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8 We all need to be closer to God. Yet, instead of intentionally … more
Have you ever had someone to make a promise to you and break it before the words are barely spoken? Get this one! Have you ever been told, “I’ll be there for you; I got your back,” only to find … more
Reading the Bible with me? Then grab your pen and journal as we begin our journey through the prophets. Isaiah’s ministry occurred at a time when both the northern kingdom of Israel and the … more
Those who read my last column may remember I wrote about Michael and Matthew Clark; two brothers with leukodystrophy, a fatal disease which reverses one’s men-tal and physical abilities. Today I … more

“Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems … more
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