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Not just another fish story

When I was in college my Mom and Dad used to come to some of my baseball games. It does not sound like a big deal when you hear it like that, but the whole story is that it was not surprising to arrive at a Saturday morning game in Pennsylvania or Maryland and see...

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Slow or Longsuffering?

We just started a series at church that is focused on the will of God. It pains me that we have made God’s will into something that we are afraid of rather than bask in. God’s beautiful words in Jeremiah, “I know the plans that I have for you” were not intended to strike some...

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Higher Than My Hopes

As the Phillies head into the World Series it seems the entire city of Philadelphia can be heard singing the teams theme song, “We’ve got high hopes!” Have you ever told someone not to get their hopes up? Maybe you were the one being warned, with high hopes comes the opportunity for those hopes to...

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He Knows My Name

How do you feel about your name? I like mine; that is not entirely true, I will try to make a long story short. I go by my middle name, Abraham. I have never used my first name, no one has ever called me by it, in fact, any time my first name is used...

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Difficult Glory

How far will you let God go in using you for His glory? When Isaiah saw the Lord, he heard God ask, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Isaiah immediately responded, “Here am I! Send me!” This response was without knowing the mission, the words or the outcome, he was moved...

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Who made these plans?

One of my favorite television shows as a kid was the corny action adventure show “The A Team”. At that time I would have loved anything that had Mr. T as one of the stars but when they added car chases and explosions they had the perfect formula for a 12 year old fan. At...

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Ever Fainted?

I have been trying to write about Psalm 27:13 for the last few days. David wrote, “I would have lost heart (fainted), unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Each time I have sat down to write I just have not felt like...

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Growth & Mixed Emotions

Today is the first day of school for our city. It has been a day of mixed emotions. My oldest son Noah started the fourth grade. This was the first time in his school career that the first day didn’t involve me as anything more than a taxi driver. Every year before today, the first...

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Obstacles or Opportunities?

One of my favorite verses is the second half of Psalm 23:3, “He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” I have used this verse as a prayer thousands of times. I find great comfort in knowing that there is a “path” that has been set out for me; that I am...

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Need A Towel?

As Paul neared the end of his letter to the Ephesian Church he began to admonish them, giving advice as to how they should live, with God and with each other. He wrote: “Be imitators of God as dear children.” “Walk as children of light . . . Finding out what is acceptable to the...