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Daily Bread

My wife loves to put bird feeders in our yard.   Recently, I noticed that she was filling them more often.   One morning while watching the birds, I spied a small ground squirrel climbing the pole and then scurrying away with several seeds at a time. This went on for several days with both of us keeping vigil. My wife finally had enough. The thief had to be stopped.   She sprayed the pole with cooking oil and we stood and watched the effort put forth in trying to more on this story...  

Mommy’s Day

I once stood at the bedside of a man who was dying. Drugs and alcohol had ravaged his life. His lifestyle had finally caught up to him, and he was near death.   Sitting beside this man was a woman who was alone and broken.   She saw lying before her, a man who once was her little child for whom she had great expectations.   As I stood there and prayed with her, a thought resonated in my mind.   No matter the circumstance or where our journey takes us, more on this story...  

Become planted with God

Planting time is right around the corner. Over the long winter months you have poured over seed catalogs as you planned your garden or flower beds. Now you’ve made your purchases and wait to plant them in the ground. You know the handful of seeds you plant will yield a return many times greater than what was planted. Seeds packed with potential. Consider for a moment that you are that seed. Locked in you is a person prepared to thrive and bear much fruit. By giving yourself over more on this story...  


Holidays of remembrance, love, and celebration dot the calendar. Valentine’s Day is important because it shows love to someone you love, but my favorite is Easter.   It holds a special place in my life.   Why Easter you may ask? Easter is the fulfillment of biblical prophecy.    We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the beginning of the Christian faith.   This day is why I call myself a Christian and celebrate who Jesus is and what he did for me on a lonely hill called Calvary. more on this story...  

Prevailing Love

One of my favorite passages of Holy Week is Luke 19:37 – 40. As Jesus enters Jerusalem that fateful week His disciples begin to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen. “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” This upset the Pharisees and they said to Jesus, “teacher, rebuke your disciples. ” But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!” God’s great plan of more on this story...  

Bring others closer

Have you found a way to connect to the Divine? If you have, it probably did not happen in a vacuum. I would venture to guess there were other people involved in connecting you with God. I hope you can take a moment to recall one or two of these people in your life. These folks became a bridge that let you safely move closer to God. Just as we have those who have helped us connect with God, there are also people who distract us from thinking about or pursuing a relationship with the more on this story...  

Show God’s love

Valentine’s Day is one of the many holidays we celebrate here in the United States.   It has become synonymous with Hallmark ®, Hershey®, and FTD®. The most noted word synonymous with Valentine’s Day is love. Love is a word that transcends all time. Love was present in the beginning pages of the Bible, from God’s love for Adam and Eve to the role it played in the decision of Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice. Love was most evident when Christ was brutally placed on a wooden cross and gave his life for us. more on this story...  


Jean Fleming in her book, “Pursue the Intentional Life,” writes of “Snowflake Bentley. ” Bentley was a New England farmer born in 1865 who loved photographing snowflakes.   For 40 years he trekked in the snow catching snowflakes on chilled slides, photographing each one, seeking to preserve their beauty for others. Each snowflake was a masterpiece of frozen crystals, all unique.   During his lifetime he photographed more than 5,000 snowflakes numbering and keeping notes on each one. “Number 785 is so rarely beautiful. ” Snowflake Bentley would have enjoyed the snowflakes this past week. They more on this story...  

The New is Here

By the time this goes to press a transformation will be nearly complete. Our 60-year-old kitchen has been gutted and rebuilt. “The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Cor 5:17). A small army of talented craftsmen have transformed this important corner of our home into something greater than even the computer aided drawings could let me imagine. I am grateful and reminded in the process that God is the ultimate contractor/remodel expert. We are made new through the reconciling work of Jesus Christ who grants more on this story...  


As we reminisce on the year’s happenings, we are determined to do better in the coming year. We set goals and know that they may fall short of our expectations. Our focus is to have more family time, a healthier lifestyle and a little less stress in our lives. As you brainstorm for your goals for the coming year, let me encourage you to think about your relationship with Christ.   He tells us in Revelation 3:20:  “I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, more on this story...  


Voices will soon cease

While there were many attractions at Hillbilly Days this year, one particular attraction was the dunking booth. There was a weird and somewhat annoying voice followed by an obnoxious laugh coming from a small man dressed as a clown. Anyone who got close enough was most likely going to be ridiculed by this character. I watched as many, many people lined up to lay their money down. This clown would continually insult people and some would argue with him and continually pay their money to try to more on this story...  

Super Heroes

There is currently a comic-book craze emphasizing fictitious super heroes battling the forces of evil with their own respective ‘super powers. ’  It seems as though there is a thirst for good conquering evil in the perilous times in which we live.   These are nice fantasies, but what about true heroes who actually fought the genuine forces of evil?    My father, Marvin Thacker, is among the last surviving soldiers of World War II.   He enlisted in the autumn of 1942 at the age of 17 and fought in battles such as Normandy, the Battle of the more on this story...  

Christ is alive He has risen

The good news for Christians today, is that we serve a Risen Lord, the tomb is empty. We learn in the Gospel of St Matthew Chapter 28 that Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were on there was to the tomb to prepare Jesus body for final burial, and they were wondering who would roll the stone away.   Verse two and behold there was a great earthquake and the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. more on this story...  

Spiritual birthday

The day that I am writing this article marks twenty-one years since I accepted Christ as my Saviour; therefore, it is my spiritual birthday.   Everyone who is saved has one and amazingly, most can remember the exact moment Christ came into their heart.   Many whom I talk with shed tears when reflecting on their salvation but it is tears of joy.     Many people; however, put off salvation thinking there is some long arduous process involved or they feel they must clean up themselves before coming to Christ.   Sadly, many feel their friends or loved ones more on this story...  

A gift for lent

Lent is usually associated with giving up something.   But this year I received a surprise. I wanted a new devotional book for Lent.   But, trying to carefully budget, I decided to just use one from a previous year. The day before Ash Wednesday, I received a package in the mail.   In it was a small Lenten devotional from a Christian publisher and a letter encouraging me to enjoy this Lenten season.   I was delighted by the little gift, especially since it was so perfectly timed and seemed to come especially from God. more on this story...  

The Lord’s table

I look forward to receiving communion at the Lord’s table. The true Christian has no greater hour than that which he spends at the Lord’s Table. The cares of the world are put aside and its burdens laid down. So delightful was this experience, even to our Savior, that it is written, “he blessed the bread,” “he gave thanks for the cup. ” When he established the Supper, the same night in which he was betrayed. And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it; and he gave  more on this story...  

Life’s storms

I have enjoyed a great deal of time on the water and consequently am drawn to Psalm 107.   The Psalmist declares, ‘They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.   For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.   They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths:  their soul is melted because of trouble.   They reel to and more on this story...  

New Year, New You

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? How are those going? The most popular resolutions made every year involve bodily care: eat healthier; lose weight; stop smoking. All these are good choices and beneficial to one’s body. How about your spirit? Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution to strengthen your spirit? What might that look like? Schedule some time every day to read God’s Word. Make worship and prayer a regular part of your day. Be involved in a local church. Discover ways to serve others, more on this story...  

It worked for Saul —why not us?

In the Old Testament, we read about the power and therapeutic value of beautiful music. In particular, harp music.   Saul, an ancient king, was troubled by an evil spirit.   He was advised as follows. “We’ll find a good harpist to play for you whenever the tormenting spirit is bothering you”.   The harp music will quiet you  and you will soon be well again.   I Samuel 16:16. Stories come sown to us about how skilled the ancients were in using music as a healing art. Likewise, today we can rediscover more on this story...  

A Christmas Rhyme

Long ago, shepherds watched their sheep at night, And saw a star shining high and bright. Angels proclaimed that a Saviour was born! The shepherds made hast to see in the morn. To a town called Bethlehem, full of danger, A small babe lay in an humble manger. Later, three Wise Men came from the East, Riding on their desert beasts, Bearing gifts of frankincense, myrrh, and gold, more on this story...  


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