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Take It With You 02.07.2016

Building Strong Families Over the holidays we visited old friends who just remodeled a 100 year-old farmhouse. All the flooring, appliances and furnishings were restored and designed for a comfortable, family-friendly feel. At the center of the kitchen-dining-family room was a large table, unquestionably the heart of that family’s home. At one end of the […]

Take It With You 01.31.2016

Good morning! I love the way the Message translation states our focal text from 1 Timothy 2:1-2: “The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know.” The first thing I want you to do is pray. Not the second thing. Not once you’ve tried […]

Take It With You 01.24.2016

heard or read an illustration once about the difference between Heaven and Hell. I’m not sure of the original source; it’s not scriptural, just metaphorical. In Hell, there is a long banquet table at which everyone was seated. The table is loaded with all kinds of delicious food and drink. Everyone seated at the table […]

Take It With You 01.17.2016

While comparing translations for our Bible reading today, the New Living Translation made a substantial impact on me. Specifically an excerpt from Ephesians 4:1, which reads: “Lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.” No single line from the Bible has carried more weight on my mind and my […]

Take It With You 01.03.2016

I can tell a lot about my students’ study habits by watching them enter the classroom on exam days. Some students come in quickly and take a seat, ready to begin. Others are chatty, talking in small groups about what they anticipate on the test or what they remember from the study guide. Finally, a […]

Take It With You 12.27.2015

What do you give to the person who has everything? More accurately, what do you give to someone whom you can’t physically give something? We don’t often think about giving gifts to Jesus at Christmas, but why is that? After all, it is His birthday! What could your gifts to Jesus be this Christmas and […]

Take It With You 12.20.2015

There is a yearning in hearts weighed down by ancient grief and centuries of sorrow. There is a yearning in hearts that in the darkness hide and in the shades of death abide, a yearning for tomorrow. There is a yearning, a yearning for the promised One, the Firstborn of creation. There is a yearning […]

Take It With You 12.13.15

What brings you joy today and in this season? ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ Now, spend a few moments in joyful thanks for who God is and what He’s done. Pray: Joyful, joyful we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of Love Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above What weighs heavily on you […]

Heading Home

It was my first trip to Haiti and on Sunday we went to Repatriot Church for their service. They started at 8 am which is late as far as Haiti churches go. Everything here starts earlier here to beat the heat. The service was upbeat and energetic and although we couldn’t understand most of what […]

Working Hard

Ned, Greg, Patrick, Tim and I have been working inside the Terre Noire school compound framing an exterior wall for the new library. It’s on the third floor and someone has to be on the outside of the exterior wall almost all the time to handle and secure the material. There is a small ledge […]