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A prairie doctor reins in his horse at a split in the road on a Nebraskan back route. Shoulders black with sweat the Doc has pushed his medical assistant hard for the breathless message from little Ben was, “Ma’s in labor and the baby ain’t ah comin’ out right. Please, come!” But the road sign…

As Americans we love to pride ourselves on success. The greater the achievement the greater the celebration and the greater the celebration the more everyone should pay attention to us – to what we did! Humble pie makes us puke. Who wants humble pie when you can have the cake of your arrogance and eat…

Words are like jackhammers. They make an impact. You may think what you have spoken had no real effect on its hearers but don’t be too sure. What jackhammers weaken is often revealed weeks later. Words matter because inevitably they put the ram in ramifications – whether good or bad.

By Pastor Tim We went to a beautiful wedding recently. Not only was the bride magnificent and the groom knightly but Christ was central. While waiting for the service to begin I kept thinking, after he greets the people and gives the invocation the pastor will start with, “Dearly beloved…” Remember when most weddings began…

I remember those days back when I was younger. All summer long, I would play outside barefoot, go to the swimming pool, and play with my neighborhood friends. I didn’t just enjoy summer, I loved summer. Maybe it was the same for you when you were a kid or perhaps you’re like some of the…

Have you ever seen a rock? I’m not talking about the Mississippi River Rock that you used to landscape the front of your house. I’m not even talking about the huge boulder on the corner of 107th and Fond du Lac. I’m talking about rock-solid, build-your-house-on-it bedrock. In the book of Psalms alone God is…

An elderly Frenchman finally had pity on me. With our two little girls my wife and I were on furlough in Paris for a few days. In the Louvre museum that morning I had politely asked two attendants and a tourist where the statue of David was located. Both attendants grinned and pointed. “What fun…

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