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Who Is in Control?

Published September 8, 2017

(published in Delmont Record, September 12, 2017) Who Is in Control? “I know that the Lord is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods. 6 The Lord does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths.”  Psalm 135:5-6 As we look around our nation and the world today, it is easy to be reminded that there are many things that are out of our control. We look on helplessly as hurricanes batter major cities inflicting great damage and, sadly, loss of life. We look on helplessly as wildfires rage across […]

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Let Freedom Ring

Published July 4, 2017

(Delmont Record – 7/4/2017) Let Freedom Ring Every Fourth of July we, as a nation, celebrate freedom. We remember how fortunate we are to live in a country where we enjoy a great amount of liberty. There are many things we can do here in America that many others around the world cannot. We celebrate freedom of speech, freedom to assemble, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and many others. These freedoms have become so ingrained in us that it is difficult for us to imagine living life any other way, and there are very few among us who […]

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The Centrality of Easter

Published April 18, 2017

(Delmont Record – 4/18/2017) The Centrality of Easter Then Jesus told [Thomas], “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”   John 20:29 These words were spoken to Thomas by the resurrected Jesus. He had appeared earlier to the other disciples, but Thomas was missing. Despite hearing their accounts of their encounter with the risen Lord, Thomas refused to believe that Jesus had risen from the dead until he could see for himself. Jesus granted this request, and Thomas responded with belief declaring, “My Lord and My God!” (John 20:28). […]

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Peace and Quiet

Published January 27, 2017

(Delmont Record – 1/27/2017) Peace and Quiet The Lord’s justice will dwell in the desert, his righteousness live in the fertile field. The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.  – Isaiah 32:16-18 When we look at this world and our country today, we don’t always see the good things talked about in this passage: justice, peace, quietness, confidence, peaceful places, secure homes, and places of rest. These are the types of things everyone longs for, […]

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Published October 18, 2016

(Delmont Record – 10/18/16) Hope Before you read the rest of this article, I’d like you to take a couple moments and think about what your hopes are in life. Now if you had to name just one hope for your life, what would it be? I often find it interesting to learn how the definition of words can slowly change over time, and how that change often reflects a change in the culture in which it’s found. “Hope” is one of those words. I’m sure we all would say that we understand the definition of hope, after all, we […]

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