At the beginning of September, when all the Halloween stuff hit the store (and some of the front yards where I live) I made two decisions. First, to hop right over Halloween and go straight to Thanksgiving. Second, that as I passed the “Halloween Homes” on my worship walk, I would praise and thank my LORD aloud! So far, that’s what I have been doing. I was walking around a new section in our development last week and came across more “Halloween Homes.” When I began to praise, I was reminded why I just don’t like this holiday. Three things…

If you have ever been on Facebook, you probably realize your page can be set to different languages. Mine has always been in English, partly because that is the way it defaulted, but also because English is the only language I can read or speak. (I still can’t remember why I allowed my high school counsellor in California to convince me to take Latin as a second language.) So, you can image my surprise when right in the middle of posting one of these devotions to Facebook my page appeared to have lost its ability to present in English and…

I am doing something today I haven’t done in ages. I’m hosting a party for 16 people. That shouldn’t be difficult, I once organized the catering for a wedding for 350 people. It’s just that I’m a bit out of practice. Still, I’m really looking forward to opening the house and saying “thank you” to the people who minister alongside me at The Way. All week I’ve been looking through old recipes, trying to come up with a good menu, one that will satisfy those who must watch what they eat, and those that will eat almost anything. I also…

I’ve known for a long time that doctors often struggle making a diagnosis. It isn’t easy when symptoms can be the same for many different ailments. We think, “well, just run a test.” I’ve also learned that medicine is a bit like philosophy, which says, you must ask a correct question to get a correct response. In medicine, you must run the “right” test to get the “right” diagnosis. There is no one test for all ailments. Sometimes you can even run the “right” test and still not have a definitive diagnosis. I came out of the doctor’s office with…

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/ October 3, 2019 / Devotions / 0 Comments

Moses sought the LORD in Exodus 33. It was a perfect example of Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:7 and Luke 11:9: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  First Moses asked God to teach him God’s ways. And God responded with a yes. Next Moses sought God’s Presence to continue with them as they headed to the Promised Land. And once again God responded in the affirmative. Finally, Moses, who was now 2 for 2, really started knocking on the door, “Now show me your…

Psalm 27 is one of the most beautiful songs ever written. It begins, “The LORD is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?” David must have been experiencing troubles all around him when he wrote it. His troubles drove him to return his focus and desires to the loving protection of His wonderful LORD. As I read it this morning, I changed it just a little bit … “The LORD is my light and my salvation — whom [or what] shall I…

Went to the doctor last Wednesday as a follow-up for an urgent care visit a month ago about my neck. The initial diagnosis was a muscle strain. Was given a treatment protocol and told to see my regular physician if it didn’t improve. Well, it did improve somewhat (the muscle strain seemed to lessen), but I was still having some discomfort. As I talked with my doctor, she said I had probably strained something, slept wrong, etc., but she’d do a baseline x-ray so that if I ever did need an MRI, insurance would be more likely to cover it….

Wow, the last day of September. Boy, did that “ber” month fly by fast. I love the “ber” months (September, October, November, December) better than all the other months. (If you are like me, you just ran through the rest of the months checking to make sure there are no others!) Autumn is here. Football is back. The dog days of summer are behind us. Trees will be turning soon, some have already and the smell of fallen leaves is in the air again. From now through December is my very favorite time of the year. Even more so this…

After leaving the library on Monday and my encounter with the “lady of joy,” I decided to stop at Dutch Bros for a coffee. I usually stop for coffee once a week on Sunday after church, but I wasn’t feeling very well that day and just wanted to get home and put my feet up. As I drove in, a young woman, maybe 18-20 years old ran up to my window. I told her I wanted a “Medium Nitro Cold Brew, iced, straight up.” “Straight up” means nothing added, just plain strong black coffee. The server laughed and said, “you…

I had a few errands to run last Monday. One was to return a library book and pick up two new ones. As I was walking out of the library with my books, I met a lovely lady coming in. She was probably in her 50’s, and she was almost skipping. As she drew close, she smiled and said, “I am so blessed. God is so good to me!” I smiled back and said, “Yes, He is good to us. He loves us.” To which, she replied, “He does love us.” Then she laughed and said, “and most of the…