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There's More Than Meets The Eye

there is more

Dear Faith Family, "O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see," 2 Kings 6:17. A couple of weeks ago I decided to plant some fall crops. The two rows of squash in the garden had long since passed their prime. So, out came the little tiller and pronto, the soil was ready to plant. Six broccoli plants and six collard plants lit up the garden with color again. This week,...

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Out of Order

Out of

Dear Faith Family, Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths, Proverbs 3:5-6. "Out of Order". Don't you hate it when the snack machine that holds the key to your happiness disappears behind a sign that lets you know the Snickers Bar dispenser is not working prop...

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Seek the Lord

keys Seek the Lord

Dear Faith Family,Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near, (Isaiah 55:6).If you had wandered into the Fellowship Hall this past Sunday night, you would have discovered your pastor digging through the trash can in the kitchen. Hey, don't judge me. All I know is that when I arrived on the church campus on Sunday morning, I had my keys. And, when I...

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Dive In

Dive In

Dear Faith Family, My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the ...

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Despised

Despised

Dear Faith Family, Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright, (Genesis 25:34). On my way home from the office I risked life and limb to be the hunter, gatherer for my bride. I suited up and entered the jungle otherwise known as Walmart. It was a successful harvest. I arrived home with six...

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The Power of His Word

The power

Dear Faith Family, Then the Lord said to me, "You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it, (Jeremiah 1:12). Growing up the son of a pastor had its privileges. Like, access to the pickle jar in the refrigerator in the basement of the church building. But there were some drawbacks, for sure. Like if I misbehaved in church, I was in trouble with both ...

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One Called Out

one called

Dear Faith Family, Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him, (Ephesians 4:1). It was 35 years ago! Really?! Can't be! It was. There in front of God and His people, she said it! There in a church sanctuary in a quiet little town in southern Arkansas, she said it! What did she say? She said, "I do"! She ...

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In His Image

in his

Dear Faith Family, So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them, (Genesis 1:27). I still remember one of my teenaged sons fresh home from a haircut. He stepped into the half bathroom downstairs in our house. There the reflection in the mirror overwhelmed him. I was just around the corner in the kitchen when I he...

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Don't Forget

dont forget

Dear Faith Family, He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! (Romans 10:1). Sitting at my desk, I'm looking at a cup that I meant to take home from the office on Monday. Tuesday morning it was still here at the office greeting me with a smile. You forgot! So, yesterday I moved it from the desk to the floor where I would b...

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Heart's Desire

heart's desire

Dear Faith Family, Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved, (Romans 10:1). When I arrived at Faith I inherited the "Rally Monkey". He was a medium sized monkey that kept showing up in odd places. He even traveled incognito with the youth group on a trip to Florida. Here's the thing, wherever the monkey went, he was just there. Tha...

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