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    ReUnited

    Thirty-nine years ago I was flying to the South to say goodbye to my dad. 
     
    We had not seen each other for fourteen years following my wedding and college graduation.  Divorce hit us hard as I entered high school, and Dad did not see his only grandchildren until we reconciled when they were 16, 15 and 10.
     
    Because he had lymphoma, this would be our last visit.
     
    Two years earlier I was thrilled to hear him say that as a teenager he had asked Jesus Christ to be his Savior.  The Manufacturer’s Handbook guarantees that this act of faith on our part triggers God’s promises to keep us in His care from now throughout eternity.
     
    Dad slipped into heaven before I arrived, but based on those promises, there’ll be eons to make up for lost time.
     
    What sort of reunion are you and your family planning?
     
     
    “’Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’  They answered, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your family.’”  Acts 16:30
     
    Posted July 15, 2019

    Future Tense?

    Yesterday is history.  Tomorrow, a mystery.  Today is a gift.  That’s why we call it the present.
     
    Dwelling on the past can shackle you to situations which you're powerless to improve or delete.  Sparky Anderson, baseball’s first manager to win a World Series in both leagues, said of living in the past, “There’s no future in it.”
     
    Focusing on your tomorrows can arouse anxiety or hope.  Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom wisely stated, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown to a known God.”
     
    Are you anxious or hopeful about the future?  Based on what?
     
     
    “The faithful love of the Lord never ends!  His mercies never cease.  Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.”  Lamentations 3:22,23

    Posted July 1, 2019

    Why Didn't I Ask?

    We’re finally taping our memories of marriage and family events.  Perhaps we’re answering questions our offspring would never ask, but as Zig Ziglar said, “If you ask your parents these questions, you’ll be glad you did.  If you don’t, you’ll wish you had.”

    These are suggested by our friend, Bob Tiede:
    1.  What are your favorite memories of being with your parents/grandparents?
    2.  What did you discover about yourself in grade school?
    3.  What did you and your best friend in high school like to do together?
    4.  What kind of trouble did you get into at home or school?
    5.  Growing up, what did you want to be?
    6.  What was your first, out-of-home job?
    7.  What first attracted you to your life’s mate?
    8.  What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
    9.  What in life are you most proud of/grateful for?
    10.  What’s important to you about God, and how did you learn that?

    Will you look for an opportunity to ask (and record) this Q&A, and then share it with family and special friends?


    “Honor your father and mother – which is the first commandment with a promise – that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”  Ephesians 6:2-3

    Posted June 17, 2019

    A Keeper

    Truth be told, if it were up to us men to keep our planet’s pipeline populated … fuhgeddaaboudit!
     
    Never mind the pre-natal nausea and pain of delivery.  That’s easy.  Next, the child-rearing.  Call it parenting; some have other names for it.  That too is a piece of cake.  The real mountain to climb, in our case, is raising Dad.  Moi.  I’m her biggest test.   
     
    It was a Mother’s Day card from one of our children, but I took it personally.  It read:
     
    “Keep calm.  Call mom.”
     
     
    “A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds.  Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it.”  Proverbs 31:10,11

    Posted May 30, 2019

    Yours For The Asking

    Is there no oasis of optimism where we can find refreshment?
     
    In a distant land where hateful prejudice is baked into the culture, a nameless woman stands at an ancient well in the searing, midday heat, drawing her day’s supply of water.  A stranger surprisingly asks her for a drink. She’s a woman, a second-class gender, a Gentile at that.  And he’s a Jew. 
     
    To her amazement, he says if she knew who he was and would but ask, he’d give her water that would slake her thirst forever. Without hesitation she responds, “Sir, give me that water!” 
     
    She didn’t have to look far to find Good News.  It was right there, in her dusty, daily rounds, not where you’d normally go to meet your Maker.  Meetings like this can happen anywhere, any time, even now.
     
    Have you asked Jesus for a thirst-ending drink?
     
     
    “… those who drink the water that I will give them will never be thirsty again.  The water that I will give them will become in them a spring which will provide them with life-giving water and give them eternal life.”  John 4:14
     
    Posted May 14, 2019

    Safe at Homer

    About 800 B.C. Homer wrote his iconic Odyssey about mythical King Odysseus who leaves home to fight in the Trojan War.  Mentor is the counselor’s name to whom he assigns the task of raising his son in his absence.

    This tutor’s name identifies a type of coaching said to be “the third most powerful relationship for influencing human behavior after marriage and the extended family.”
     
    Paul of the New Testament charged his young mentee, “Timothy, keep safe what has been entrusted to your care.  Avoid the profane talk and foolish arguments of what some people wrongly call ‘knowledge.’  For some have claimed to possess it, and as a result they have lost the way of faith.”
     
    Who is your mentor?  Whom are you mentoring?  What “knowledge” is being transferred and kept safe?
     
     
    “…the time is here for me to leave this life.  I have done my best in the race, I have run the full distance, and I have kept the faith.  And now there is waiting for me the victory prize of being put right with God, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that Day – and not only to me, but to all those who wait with love for Him to appear.”  2 Timothy 4:6-8
     
    Posted April 30, 2019

    Mr. Lonely

    “All the lonely people.  Where do they all come from?”  There are 330 million of us in this country now, and thousands more each day.  Yet for many of us there aren’t enough to dispel the deep pain of being alone and friendless. Will this sinkhole ever be filled with love?
     
    Hanging there, spiked through His hands and feet, the bleeding target of heartless haters … No one came to the rescue of this, the loneliest man who ever lived. He died for our sins, taking our place on that horrid altar.
     
    Elvis asked, “Are you lonesome tonight?”  Sam Cooke mourned, “Another Saturday night, and I ain’t got nobody.”  The Everly Brothers pined, “When will I be loved?”  The answer is “You were loved, on that cross.”  Love’s ultimate gift, purchased for you with the life of God’s Son.  He knows loneliness.  Your long and winding road will take you to His door where He hands you the key of faith and invites you in.
     
    Into whose emptiness can you offer this Love and hope today?
     
     
    “The Lord Himself will lead you and be with you.  He will not fail you or abandon you, so do not lose courage or be afraid.”  Deuteronomy 31:8
     
    Posted April 14, 2019

    Freedom of Depress

    The very first addition to our Constitution grants the right to express ourselves freely without government interference.  It’s one of twenty-seven amendments upon which our freedom is established.
     
    President Coolidge said, “The more I study the Constitution, the more I realize that no other document devised by the hand of man has brought so much progress and happiness to humanity.”  But look around.  Does America seem happy or depressed?
     
    What would happen to your restlessness if you frequently recalled that while the world may seem to be out of control, nothing is out of God’s control?
     
     
    “Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking Him with a thankful heart.  And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7
     
    Posted March 31, 2019

    No Room

    Sometime when you’re tempted to binge-watch “The Simpsons,” reach for a pencil instead.  Jot down the names of five people who have had a positive impact on you?  How would your life be different if they had never been born?
     
    We know about the “No Vacancy” sign at the Bethlehem Holiday Inn. 
     
    When Gabriel told young Mary that she’d bear a son, what if she and Joseph had said, “No, thank you?”
     
    How would your life be different if that baby had not been born?
     
     
    “I am here with good news for you which will bring great joy to all the people.  This very day in David’s town your Savior was born – Christ the Lord!  And this is what will prove it to you:  you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”  Luke 2:10-11
     
    Posted March 16, 2019

    Mad About You

    Rage has reached epidemic proportions in our country today.  We seem to have plenty to be mad about.  But, honestly, do we really expect anybody to be perfect?  Who among us is without sin?
     
    The Bible says God knows you intimately, even your every thought, before you think or speak.  He never stops thinking of you, loving you so much that, to pardon all of your sins, He had His Son crucified.  This is the most profound truth:
     
    God is mad about you, not at you.

     
    “If God is for you, who can be against you?  Certainly not God …”  Romans 8:31-32

    Posted March 1, 2019
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