by on April 24, 2024
In the midst of our busy lives, filled with constant noise and distractions, finding moments of stillness can seem like an elusive dream. Yet, amidst the chaos, there exists a profound invitation—a call to solitude, to be alone with God, and to find quiet time in His presence.   In a world that values productivity and busyness, the concept of solitude may seem counterintuitive. However, it is in these moments of quietude that we can truly connect with the God and experience spiritual renew...
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by on April 8, 2024
My grandparents lived in the same house for over sixty years. Their small 2-story farmhouse in the country was built in 1900. As they raised their family, they never made many upgrades. Most people would consider it old-fashioned and out of date. They were very frugal with their money. Their motto was, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” ...
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by on March 28, 2024
Marriages can sometimes encounter storms that leave it and the couple in it broken and wounded. But just as the sun rises after the darkest of nights, there is hope for healing and restoration in broken marriages. Marriages can fracture due to various reasons – misunderstandings, conflicts, infidelity, or simply drifting apart. In the midst of shattered dreams and broken promises, it's easy to feel lost and hopeless. Yet, the Bible reminds us in Psalm 34:18, "The Lord is near to those who have a...
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by on September 11, 2023
Pride, it is something we all wrestle with on a daily bases, but many times it goes unnoticed by us. So often we share our opinions on social media platforms, as well as in conversations with family and friends, that are rooted in pride. How is pride defined? Pride is defined as; A sense of one’s own proper dignity or value; self-respect....
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by on January 16, 2023
Biblical love, as described in the Bible, is often referred to as "agape" love, which is a Greek word that refers to a selfless, unconditional love. This type of love is characterized by a deep, sacrificial devotion to others, regardless of whether or not they reciprocate that love. In the Bible, God is often described as the embodiment of agape love. For example, in John 3:16 it states: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not peri...
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by on December 7, 2022
The 1611 KJV Bible continued its popular run for over 400 years. Even today, those looking for rare and antique Bibles would almost die to have them in their collection. It’s a collectible that’s worth displaying in your personal library or even gift to your loved ones. Also called the King James Bible or King James Version, this 1611 Bible is perhaps the world’s most printed book and has become a dominant Bible ever since it was published. If you plan to buy it, it will be prudent to know it...
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by on November 14, 2022
The 15th and early 16th centuries were a time of significant intellectual change throughout Europe. This change directly affected the Bible’s availability in the vernacular language to the average reader. A significant 15th-century development was the printing press, which sped both the transmission of ideas and the production of texts. During the early years of printing, the Latin Bible was pretty popular. But after the Gutenberg Bible was printed in Germany’s Mainz around 1455, more than 90 ot...
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by on October 27, 2022
So, as I was writing all the activities for my newly published book(s) called Vacation Bible School - Gospel to Every Nation, all I could think about was when we were in Sierra Leone, Africa--our most recent Mission venue. You see, it was in Sierra Leone that I was inspired to complete the books I had started earlier in 2021. But, while there, a very young Missionary--from that country--heard me talking about our American youth and young-adult ministries, and the fact that our next genertion des...
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by on October 11, 2022
For at least a century, from the late 1880’s until the 1980’s, the time-honored American tradition of having a large “Family Bible” on prominent display in most Christian households was part of our culture as Americans and our heritage as Christians. That big “Family Bible” stood as a silent witness to all that home’s visitors, demonstrating without speaking a word that this home was a Christian Home. Often family records of births, deaths, and marriages were penned into the blank pages at the f...
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by on July 18, 2022
Jesus said whoever loses their life will find it: Matthew 16:25 “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” King James Version (KJV) ...
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by on July 9, 2022
Today we got the rest of our stuff - the stuff we wanted, anyway - out of the house we sold last week. It's been a journey, for many reasons that I won't go into here. But the last few months have been especially rough, only made easier by the fact that our buyer is a man with a kind heart and a helpful spirit. There's no doubt in my mind that God orchestrated the process from beginning to end. A friend of mind has been living in the house almost since we moved out in 2015 to live in our ...
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by on June 23, 2022
Today I closed on our house in Houghton Lake. And it led to a lot of feels and memories... When we bought it in 2005 it was such an exciting time! My business was booming, this house had what I needed to set up the shop of my dreams! But better yet, it was UP NORTH! In Michigan, "up north" is more than a location, it is a state of mind. And when you mention any of the popular upnorth (OK, that's how I think of it - as one word!) vacation spots to a down-stater you will almost always elicit an...
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