Battle for the Mind

            Oswald Sanders writes: “The mind of man is the battleground on which every moral and spiritual battle is fought.” And Vance Havner says about this battle, “Our defeat or victory begins with what we think, and if we guard our thoughts we shall not have much trouble anywhere else along the line.” We are fighting an invisible battle, and the battlefield is in our minds. Our mind is where the seed of sin sprouts. As Leslie Flynn writes, “Every kidnapping was once a thought. Every extramarital affair was first a fantasy. Read more


A Living Sacrifice

   How far would you go to snatch a soul from the fires of hell? What would you give up in order to help someone find their way back to Jesus?

    In Romans 12:1 Paul encourages us to sacrifice our very lives for the cause of Christ. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God…” Read more



The Walking Dead

           When I was first in the Air Force I learned of a bomb called the neutron bomb. It could kill people without destroying any of the buildings. There was one major drawback to this weapon. Those who were outside the immediate blast area would receive enough radiation that they wouldn’t immediately die. It would take a few days before the radiation killed them.

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How Close to the Edge Can I Go?

How close can you drive to the edge?

            There is a story of a county superintendent of education who had three applicants who wanted to fill a single vacancy for school bus driver. According to the story, he devised a test for selecting the most qualified driver.

            The superintendent took the first applicant to a sharp curve on a steep grade along the road and asked, “How close can you drive a bus filled with children to the edge of the road on this curve and still be safe?” The first applicant looked and replied, “I believe that I can go within a foot and still be safe.”

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Black Hole

      Many astronomers believe that black holes are big holes in the universe that act like giant vacuum cleaners, sucking whatever gets close enough into their immense gravitational field. The gravitational pull of a black hole is so powerful that it even sucks in light. No one knows where the substance that enters into a black hole actually goes. Most astronomers speculate that it travels through “worm holes” and empties into the other side of the universe.

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We Must Abide

           This past Thursday Nancy and I were browsing in Good’s Furniture store. While there we found ourselves talking to one of the salesmen. We found out that he is from Galesburg, but spent three years in Texas. He enjoyed his time in Texas, but while there he came to realize that it was time to move back home. What happened was one of his young children told his wife that he was “fixin” to do something. His son was starting to talk like the locals. At that, his wife told her husband that it was time to go back to Galesburg. Texas was changing their son.

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It Starts With a Smile

When Nancy and I first moved to Japan, we lived downtown. We only had one car and our apartment didn’t have a washing machine. To wash our clothes, Nancy would carry them to the base and wash them at the base Laundromat. During her many treks to and from the base, she would pass by older Japanese women. She would try to catch their eye and give them a smile, but in their culture it was respectful to look down when passing by someone. It was kind of a game with Nancy. She would try to get their attention, and whenever she did, she would give them a big smile. When they saw her smile, their face lit up as well.

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Uncertain Future

As Nancy and I contemplate our future, there is a lot of uncertainty. How are things going to work out? We’re moving to a new state and going to live with our daughter. Will we get on each other’s nerves? Will we be able to find jobs? What does the future hold?

 

I don’t like it when I can’t see what’s ahead. But we believe that what we are doing is in God’s will. And we believe that although we don’t know what the future holds, we know that God does.

 

As I contemplate my uncertain future, the following poem really speaks to my situation. Maybe it speaks to you as well.

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Come to the Table

For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.  (1 Corinthians 11:23-26, NIV)

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Prairie Chicken

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.”

                                                                                                                        – Ephesians 2:6, NIV

I’m told that “Kewanee” means “Prairie Chicken.” Chickens make a good meal, but they don’t soar on wings like eagles. Prairie Chickens don’t soar like God intended us to soar.

 

The story is told of an old Indian man who found an eagle’s egg, which he placed in a prairie chicken nest. The eagle hatched with the chicks and grew up with them.

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