Faith & Values
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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
There is a song entitled, “What have You done for the Lord Today?” that my mother would sing quite frequently after she preached, and as a solo in other areas of her ministry. I always loved to … more
Three things that God said to Moses in Leviticus that we should remember: 17:11. “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the … more

Yahoo published a fascinating article in 2012 about two brothers living in England. In 2006, Michael and Matthew Clark were living normal lives. After serving in the Royal Air Force, Michael became a … more
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star … more
The year of 2023 is soon to be history, and 2024 is a mystery. Therefore, let the past be the past! Sometimes we hinder our blessings by looking back. You cannot move forward if your head is always … more
According to Spotify, while 75% of people enjoy Christmas music, 17% of Americans do not. However, I suspect some of those who are not fans may like the song, from the Charlie Brown Christmas Album: … more

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was … more
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