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People Jesus Sent Away:  A Survey of Matthew’s Gospel

People Jesus Sent Away: A Survey of Matthew’s Gospel

Preachers urge people to come to Jesus to receive salvation, help, healing, guidance, and peace. There is good reason for them to do this. Jesus beckoned people to come to him and follow him. He was disappointed when people did not come to him for the help he could...

God’s Mysterious Workings

God’s Mysterious Workings

Have you walked down memory lane recently? I did when my wife and I visited east Tennessee. I introduced my wife to the area and a few of my friends from my days at Maryville College. We also visited a friend from Maine who lives in Knoxville with his family. A visit...

The Most Important Invasion in History

The Most Important Invasion in History

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is headline news these days, but do you know about a previous Russian invasion during World War II? Russia invaded Finland twice during that great war. The first invasion was in the winter of 1939-1940 and the second one was from 1941...

Oh No, I Guess That’s Not Right

Oh No, I Guess That’s Not Right

Jay Leno said that for twenty-two years his team went out on the streets to talk to people for his Jaywalking conversations. His favorite question to ask people was how Mount Rushmore was formed. More than one person said that it was created by erosion. Jay was...

Senator Strom Thurmond and Civil Rights Today

Senator Strom Thurmond and Civil Rights Today

What comes to your mind when you hear ‘civil rights’? Do you think of your past struggle for civil rights? Do you think about our contemporary focus on civil rights? I want you to think briefly about a portion of the historical context of civil rights. I recently read...

Fours Lessons Volunteers at Prisons Learn

Fours Lessons Volunteers at Prisons Learn

You can give valuable service as a volunteer at a prison. You will receive priceless enrichment through your friendship with the residents. I discovered this after I started volunteering in October at Walton Correctional Institution (WCI), a Florida State prison for...

What Is Truly Most Important in Life

What Is Truly Most Important in Life

Do you read your mail? My wife and I picked up our mail after we returned from our Thanksgiving visit in Maine. We glanced at the mail before unpacking. A newsletter from my a Watertown, New York church had arrived. Later, as I read the pastor’s message I came across...

Judged by Our Words

Judged by Our Words

My first reaction to the news that Coach Gruden used racist remarks in an email in 2011 was amazement. He had worked for years in the diverse NFL culture. My second reaction was wonderment. Why did a prominent newspaper make an issue of one ten-year old email? I...

Revisiting the Four Agreements

Revisiting the Four Agreements

Agreements are made repeatedly. My wife and I agreed to marry. We agreed to the several moves we have made during our forty-two years of marriage. We agreed to build a retirement home. We agreed to help build a house for a family in Mexico over the 2021 Labor Day...

Five Kinds of Givers Plus One

Five Kinds of Givers Plus One

Doing research for a writing project can uncover many interesting rabbit trails that are best left alone for another time. However, one rabbit trail introduced me to a portion of Baltimore’s Jewish history that related to two themes that I am interested in. The first...

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