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Man Makes Plans – God Laughs…

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This past November, just before Thanksgiving, one of my favorite Christian artists of the 1980’s-90’s – Steve Taylor – put out a new album, his first album in over twenty years!  I could go into the fascinating history of Steve Taylor regarding his music, lyrics, his influence, and even movie making (He’s directed two movies – Michael W. Smith in ‘Second Chance’; and ‘Blue Like Jazz’), but for now I’ll just go to one particular song – ‘Comedian’ – the closing song from his new album ‘Goliath’.  Actually, the lyrics are rather nebulous to me, but then, I’ve never been...

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Saved From The Fowler’s Snare

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Believe it or not, Becky and I have become partial prisoners inside our own house for the past week and a half. You see, just outside our garage door, right next to Becky’s display of ornamental horticulture delights, a mockingbird family has decided to build a nest inside our four and a half foot tall bush, and raise their little family (see above photo). And for you collective noun fans, more than one mockingbird, or a group of mockingbirds, is known by a number of different terms: an impression (Oh, they’ve left an impression all right - on top of...

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Bloom Where You Are Planted

Bloom Where You Are Planted

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  Becky is the ornamental horticulturalist in our neighborhood, so we have by far the prettiest front yard (and back yard!) around (the proud husband said humbly….). It’s not gaudy and overdone - it’s just right - full of color and variety - and I often see neighbors walking by smiling and talking about it. The other day as I pulled into the driveway, I noticed this lone vinca flower (see image above) that had taken root and was in full bloom “outside" of the garden - away from the other bunches of vinca that were nearby. I always find it...

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Speaking Of Prayer…

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  One of the things I really enjoy participating in during our Sunday morning gathering is praying with folks during our praise and worship portion of the service. All sorts of folks come forward to pray with me, Pastor Lucas, one of the elders, or others that we have asked to be available. We pray with the elderly, young, longtime members, visitors, brand new Christians, little children, couples, the sick, the hurting, the grieving, the angry, the anxious, the happy - some with very serious needs, some with simple childlike requests, and some praising the Lord for answered prayer. All are acknowledging...

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