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…

A tiny babe is placed into our arms … totally dependent upon us for nourishment, tenderness, care and love.

While on the phone with us, our grandson, Jonathon, had stepped out of his house when an approaching storm painted the sky in dark hues of gray and black. What little light was still around gave an eerie streak within the dark clouds.

Joe and Mike had jobs at a cotton mill. One morning, the foreman came along and found Joe reading a letter to his co-worker. “Hey!” cried the foreman. “What are you two guys up to?”

In 1862 during the Civil War, a story, considered by many to be only legend, began to be told. Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison’s Landing in Virginia. The Confederates were on the other side of the narrow strip of land. During the dark of night, Captain Elli…

Question: If someone offered to give you a $100 with no conditions ... a gift ... would you take it? If that was such an easy thing to accept, why is God’s gift put under foot? One would take a piece of paper that will satisfy their needs in a matter of hours, but not accept a gift for etern…

He leaned in, looked into my eyes, and cupped my face with his hands giving me the gentlest kiss … our first.

An elderly couple were on an ocean cruise when a storm arose. They were standing near the back of the ship when a giant wave washed up and over the boat, sweeping the old man overboard. The crew searched for days but could not find him. The captain sent the old woman back to shore and promis…

We have heard it from the scientists, some countless billion years ago a giant ball of matter exploded but no one was around to hear it or record the event. But, the Big Bang happened in The Garden of Eden.

We watched as a tiny chickadee took up residence in our somewhat new yet weather-beaten birdhouse. I had just mentioned to my husband that I wanted to paint it to match our house.

Two football players were taking an important final exam. If they failed the test, they would not be allowed to play in the big game that weekend. The exam was fill-in-the-blank, and the last question read, “Old MacDonald had a ___________.” Bubba was stumped. He had no idea what the answer …

When an adult tells a child “There are many genders,” you know we have drifted a long ways from July 4th, 1776, and the Biblical worldview reflected in the Declaration of Independence.

Little Jeffrey was in his backyard filling in a hole with a shovel when his neighbor peered over the fence. Interested in what the youngster was doing, he asked, “What are you up to there, Jeffrey?”

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