I am not against prayer in any form! However, I am against lying to sinners and telling them prayer alone is what saves them. The Bible clearly teaches a person is not saved by prayer, rather he's saved by faith alone.

For much of their growing up years, in order to avoid their persistent questions, our youngest grandchildren were not told when Gramma and Pop-Pop were arriving.

If the question was asked, “who encourages you?” there is most likely one or two people at the top of the list who have a knack for lifting your spirits when you need it most. No doubt we all could use a good dose of encouragement from time to time; our advocates of encouragement are no diff…

Way down in the country, it is customary to measure medicine with whatever is handy. A small-town doctor once met the husband of one of his patients on the street. “How’s your wife, Jake?” he asked. “Did you give her that sleeping powder as I suggested?”

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The last day of 2020 was filled with Hope for the future. Hope that the pandemic that has plagued the world, our small community in 2020 will soon come to an end. Hope that the vaccines will protect us from the coronavirus. Hope that the economy and all those still unemployed will recover an…

The trees are bare. Color has been blown away on autumn breezes that set our chimes to singing. But a sweet memory remains.

It was remote…even in the middle of a bustling city. No one of prominence would think to investigate this lowly habitation for a treasure…especially since the residents that lived there were farm animals.

A tomato grower hired a hobo to grade his tomatoes. The instructions given were quite simple: “All you have to do is go through this pile of tomatoes and put the large ones in this bin over here. If the tomatoes are small, then put them in that other bin over there.”

The English dictionary defines reconciliation as “to restore friendship or harmony” and the Greek dictionary “to change, exchange; to change from enmity to friendship.” The common usage is to bring back together. All of these have the common idea of bringing back together a relationship that…

Most pastors either do not understand the following scriptures or choose not to teach it, in fear of losing church-goers, thereby losing money.

One year ago, as fall was rounding the corner, the bare limbs of trees reached out to embrace the last vibrancy of autumn. Here in the High Country of North Carolina, we continue to learn what plants will do well and which ones won’t.

A man once had a rather stubborn dog. The dog (as dogs are inclined to do) made himself at home in the man’s favorite chair. The man tried scolding the dog, but the dog just growled at him. Not wishing to be outsmarted by a dog, he walked over to the door and began to call and talk to a cat …

Many years ago, I sensed Satan pulling me off the gospel path of my youth and young adulthood. I was sick at heart and not quite sure how to get back.

Give a child (or husband) an Oreo cookie and you can be pretty sure he won’t just bite into it savoring chocolate cookie with sweet creamy middle.

“Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the Lord himself is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts w…

If I had been asked to define myself as neat or messy, I would have always said neat. I still do, for the most part.

The story is told of a man who preached on Sundays and drove a bus during the week. One day, a rider boarded the bus, paid his fare, and walked to the back of the bus. The preacher, upon counting the fare, realized the man had paid too much. He shouted back to the man to come up and receive …

Rev. Elizabeth Nelson had served as Rector of St. Francis Assisi Episcopal Church in Lake Placid for 21 years. The Episcopal Church mandates that a rector retire at age 72. Nelson retired last December and the diocese requires a period that the parish rector position remain open while a sear…

There are many facets to 2020 and how COVID-19 affected each one of us … but one facet I see is a blank page.

Soon after entering school, a student at a local university put the letter “V” over the door of his dormitory room. Because of the mysterious letter, he endured all sorts of ridicule and withstood constant questioning. Nevertheless, he paid attention to neither, nor would he disclose the sec…

I had spread some seeds early in spring hoping they might give me a few flowers. The seeds were few and I had no idea how old they might be or even if that mattered.

I recall being coaxed into a sail boat for a hop across a lake. Boating was not my thing. But I couldn’t disappoint our three sons and my husband … not to mention our friends who owned the boat.

A man once planned a boat trip to Europe. When his friends found out, they all came asking him to buy something for them while he was there. When they had gone, he looked over their lists and found, to his dismay, that if he made all of their purchases, he would have no money left over to pa…

Have you ever seen the cartoons where there is a little angel sitting on one shoulder prompting you to make a right choice? But to complicate things, there is a little devil (done up with pitchfork and all) sitting on your other shoulder trying to tempt you to go down the wrong path?

A couple, married for 50 years, always remembered each other’s birthday. Then, one year her birthday came along. The woman must have forgotten it herself, because she did not do a thing to jog the man’s memory. That night, he was reading the paper and saw a story about a big, birthday party.…

Since COVID-19 disastrously invaded our lives, several other welcome visitors entered my life. Perhaps, you’ve experienced this as well.

The year 2020 is one most of us want just to be over. The world has been spinning in a crisis mode dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, volatile protests, multiple tropical storms, raging wildfires and more. In the small country of Ethiopia, which is also trying to recover from years of civil…

Christ’s all sufficient payment for sin at the cross and his resurrection is the only way and the narrow way. By faith alone, we are saved and not of works, 1 Cor. 15:1-4; Eph. 2:8-9. KJV. God wants our faith; without faith, it is impossible to please him, Hebrews 11:6, KJV.

I’m thinking of our nation. In spite of the eruptions of evil we see all around us, we are called to rise up out of the ashes of fear and be a people of faith, hope and promise.

Poise makes me think of a ballerina or a figure skater. It reminds me also of the word meek … strength under control that encourages balance and gracefulness.

A father, concerned about the influence that TV had on his children, sat down one night to watch a western with his children. It happened that the movie featured a lot of drinking in the town saloon, and the father felt compelled to call a “family meeting” afterward. He explained the many ne…

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