Monthly Archives: November 2015

Praying on the Phone

Tonight I received the following email from a long-time friend. “My coworker, Julie, is not a believer. Her sister, Mary Lou, has pancreatic cancer and it appears she does not have long to live. Understandably, Mary Lou is anxious and … Continue reading

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You Came to Me in Jail

One day while shopping in a popular chain store I noticed a sales clerk looking at me and smiling.  Later, I moved a few aisles over and there she was again—looking my way and smiling. Finally she came up and … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving History

A brief history of Thanksgiving to share at your family gathering: The first Thanksgiving Day began after the harvest of November 1621.  Governor William Bradford of the 1620 Pilgrim Colony, in Plymouth, Massachusetts proclaimed: “All ye Pilgrims with your wives … Continue reading

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Ten Reasons We Know the Bible is True

As a volunteer Bible study facilitator in our local jail, inmates have asked,  “Just because you say the Bible is true, how do we know for sure?” I appreciate people who are thinkers. After all, who am I?  So if … Continue reading

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Bedtime Devotions with Kids

When our kids were small, we watched very little TV—and none in the evenings. By 7 PM the kids were fed, bathed and sitting in our bed waiting for story time and prayer. I’d read children’s devotionals and Bible stories. … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Leader

My favorite definition of a leader is this:  One who sees a need and does something about it. My friend Candace is not your typical leader. She is quiet and somewhat timid. But she recognized a need, was sensitive to … Continue reading

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Big Brian—The Gentle Giant

Brian was big—yet I knew he was gentle. At 17, he began sharing his new faith with the other incarcerated teens. Sometimes because of his size, the younger ones felt compelled to agree with him. One night he was waiting … Continue reading

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Man Down! Lock Down!

There were eight incarcerated minors attending my Bible study, when the nurse arrived to distribute medication. Two of my guys excused themselves to take pills and quickly returned. Big Brian was seated next to me. Ten minutes after taking his … Continue reading

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Praying for the Persecuted Church

Two months ago some of us started a weekly prayer meeting to pray specifically for the persecuted Church and the world. In addition to our time of evening prayer, some of us make it a day for fasting–as we are … Continue reading

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Christian Persecution

What is it exactly? Christian persecution is hostility experienced as a result of one’s identification as a follower of Jesus. Beatings, physical torture, isolation, rape, severe punishment, imprisonment, slavery, discrimination in education and employment, and even death are examples of … Continue reading

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