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His skin was bronzed and leathery…He looked like a cross between Jack Palance and the Marlboro man…Not sure what drew my gaze in his direction. Was it the chocolate brown lab at his side?  Or, maybe it was the piercing, pale, blue eyes that got my attention, even through a truck window across an intersection. He was a drifter,
A few weeks back, I came across a story about a young lady by the name of Wendy Stoker. Wendy was a tenaciously determined young lady, who had amassed a fairly impressive list of accomplishments before her 20th birthday. In High School, Wendy worked hard, putting in many hours each week. The fruit of her labor was placing third in the Iowa
I begin my study prayerfully and meditatively remembering that our very reason for living is to know God, and communication is the key to know a person. My purpose for studying the Bible is to know God. My secondary purpose is to introduce people to the God I know (Psalm 86:11). I examine my heart. I confess sin and repent of ungodly attitudes.

In The New Testament book of Acts we come across an interaction between a couple of Jesus’ disciples and a man who was seemingly stuck in a hopeless situation. It is a "crisis of the will" moment for the man. It is a moment, in which, God provides a transformative opportunity to step into a new way of living. In verses one through six we read-

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”

The book of James is not one of the easiest books to study. As is described in this epistle, the chapters of this brief letter provide a mirror, by which we can make adjustments in our attitude and actions. James, the writer, is direct and blunt. He comes across as kind of an “in your face” older, protective brother, watching out for
His name was Matt Hupp, and he was a different sort of kid. He was considered weird by some, and he definitely marched to the beat of his own drummer.  According to the standards of the day, he was fashionably unaware.  While other kids were sporting their Hang Ten shirts, O.P. shorts and Vans two tones…this 11 year old, bravely
Prior to 1994 in South Africa, an oppressive political system called Apartheid existed. The country had more than 30 million blacks, and only 4 million whites, yet whites had the ruling authority. Prejudice and racism existed in the form of atrocities- beatings, torture, and even murder. This was done to keep the balance of power intact.
Familiar faces…familiar places…we find a measure of comfort and dependency in that which is familiar. We like routine. For the most part, we are indeed, “creatures of habit.” This is true of me to a fault. Take me out of my routine for a week, and frankly, I can become a bit of a bear to be around. Familiarity can be