As a young woman longing for marriage and family, I prayed for a mate. To have someone I belonged to and who belonged to me for life was my aspiration.

Many years ago when I lived in another part of the country, my house was located only a few blocks from a horse and dog track. Although the town in which I lived was small, it grew significantly one week each year when the races were held. On one such occasion, a local man asked me if I woul…

The following is an actual Religious Exemption we created for my son, Josiah, and his lovely wife, Brittnee. Feel free to use any part of this to assist in creating your own. Credit for much of the content goes to Liberty Council Action, a wonderful resource.

Grief is our reaction to all kinds of loss in life. Think about how disrupted and disoriented you’ve felt in your own losses, great and small: in the death of a loved one, loss of a job or home or financial resources, miscarriage, a move, independence, or a loss of relationship or identity. …

I pulled a pile of mail from the mailbox and began my trek home from the cluster box. Once home, I thumbed through the mail … mostly non-essential (junk!). Then I saw it.

When it became apparent that gluten was a culprit in my digestive issues, I eliminated it. So, when a neighbor friend gave me a beautiful round loaf of sourdough bread, I thanked her but related my gluten dilemma.

The fictional story is told of a group of scientists who got together and decided that mankind had come far enough on its own that it no longer needed God. So, they picked a representative from among their number to go and inform God that they finally were through with Him. The scientist wal…

As children we dressed in our best to head out to church on Sunday morning. Our parents walked us to our Bible study classes and depending on your church, they may have retrieved you at the end of the service or you may have joined them for the sermon. Was this a family tradition or a much a…

How fun it was to have three of our grandchildren spend time with us throughout the summer. Our latest visitor, 12-year-old Hayley, delighted us with her many creative gifts … especially the keyboard…which actually was a first time for her. Yet, she could pick out tunes and devoted herself t…

Yes, you probably know about Daniel and the lion’s den. But, do you recall what got him in that situation? Disobeying the government. Now that makes it a relative example. Refresh your memory by reading Daniel 6:1-17. You may recall that Daniel also withstood the government in chapter 1 rega…

Self-righteous hypocrites love to read and advocate books written by other hypocrites, seeking to substantiate their own delusional righteous vainglory (confirmation bias), and blindly enjoy dragging others into the carelessly ignorant darkness of the pit along with them. This is rooted in t…

A Native American and his friend were walking in downtown New York City near Times Square in Manhattan. It was during the noon lunch hour, and the streets were filled with people. Cars were honking their horns, taxicabs were squealing around corners, sirens were wailing, and the sounds of th…

It started early spring and continued throughout the summer…and, now, will promenade into fall … that amazing splash of color at every turn.

In order for a caterpillar to fulfill its destiny and become the beautiful butterfly, it must go through a transformation. It sheds its former self, leaving the caterpillar life behind. Once transformed, it has new life and new capabilities. Christians are very much the same; they must under…

A young preacher was contacted by the local funeral director to hold a grave side service at a small, country cemetery for someone without any family or friends. The preacher started out early but quickly got himself lost. After making several wrong turns, he arrived an hour late. The hearse…

I’m intrigued by puzzles, but I don’t enjoy doing them. So many pieces seem random to me.

Of course, the logical place to answer the question is the Bible. The worldwide flood in the days of Noah is recorded in Genesis 6-9 and referred to by Jesus, writer of Hebrews, Peter and Jude. And that would be sufficient evidence for those who accept the Bible as the inspired word of God.

When growing up, our family vacations were mostly spent at the New Jersey Shore. It always fell within the time of my birthday and the question was always asked, “Do you want a birthday cake or pizza?”

At this year’s 8th Annual Stop the Violence Giveaway on Saturday Aug. 7, we were able to reach more than 600 children. We had a great day and the community’s generosity allowed us to distribute food packages, cereal, water and book bags.

It is time to let Jesus out; out of the Bible and out of the church. Jesus Christ is not a genie or part of some magic act where we only pull Him out when we are in need. After His ascension, Christ sent the Holy Spirit to be with not only His disciples, but all of mankind willing to accept …

The nation of Israel couldn’t accept Jesus as the suffering Messiah, the sacrificial lamb who taken away the sins of the world, but expected a warrior Messiah who would wipe out their enemy and oppressor, the Roman Empire. They couldn’t figure out by prophecy that Jesus had to be the sacrifi…

When my son was almost 5 years old, we moved to a new neighborhood. We were excited to discover that one of his kindergarten friends was a neighbor.

A rich member of a congregation went to the preacher and said, “I want you and your wife to take a three-month trip to the Holy Lands at my expense. When you come back, I’ll have a surprise for you.” The preacher accepted the offer, and he and his wife were off on their trip.

Over the years, we have been blessed to either visit with our grandchildren at their homes or to have them come and stay with us. All except one of our grandsons.

Grief is our reaction to all kinds of loss in life. Think about how disrupted and disoriented you’ve felt in your own losses, great and small: in the death of a loved one, loss of a job or home or financial resources, miscarriage, a move, independence, or a loss of relationship or identity. …

I can still see my mom using her fingers to pull back the skin on her face to find ‘herself’ again.

If most husbands knew what wives wanted, most marriage counselors wouldn’t be needed and be out of business. The first marriage was performed by God and is God ordained. Marriage was not and not started by man as most people think and again, not knowing through ignorance.

As the crowded airliner was about to take off, the peace was shattered by a 5-year-old boy who picked that very moment to throw a tantrum. No matter what his frustrated and embarrassed mother did to try to calm him down, the boy continued to scream furiously and kick the seats of those around him.

The memories came to life this morning as I found myself studying the life of Hagar, the servant of Sarah, Abraham’s wife. As the stories of Bible characters come to life, blemishes are not hidden.

A denominational creed book states, “Faith only is a most wholesome doctrine.” This mindset is reflected in many man made doctrines/churches and as all doctrines, it needs to be examined in light of Truth. So, therefore, our question: Is faith and works of obedience competitors or do they co…

Squeak. Squeak. Squeak. Some might say, chirp, chirp, chirp. But it sounds more like a squeak, to me.

Sitting on her father’s lap, a little girl gazed up at him and asked, “Daddy, did anyone ever tell you that you’re the smartest man in the whole, wide world?”

For years, my mom would show me a beautiful cameo pin/necklace that had belonged to her mother. Around the neck of the cameo were some tiny diamond chips … but one was missing.

Sandpaper is used for various reasons, but mostly to remove or reshape an object. In woodworking there are a number of tools that one can use to sand a project. From handheld sanding blocks, to orbital sanders, to the “get the job done” belt sanders. Sandpaper comes in a multitude of levels …

The flags are waving in the July sun. The bands are playing patriotic music. Everyone is assembled to see the long-awaited fireworks. The air is filled with patriotism and thanksgiving for being able to live in this land of the free and the home of the brave.

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