The Eyes of the Lord

Have you ever had the sensation that you were being watched but you could not substantiate that that was actually the case?  I had that sensation for much of my elementary school life.  Why?  What do I mean by that? One day, probably around second grade, I came home to find out I was in …

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Bring Mark With You

Have you ever known someone or perhaps even several people in your life for whom you held little regard?  That lack of regard might have been due to any number of reasons.  Perhaps it was because they showed some kind of incompetence.  Maybe it was some hypocrisy being displayed.  Perchance it was their personality.  But …

Missed Opportunity

Have you ever seen an opportunity slip away from you and later on you wished you had taken full advantage of it?  Life is full of such opportunities, I think.  They range from the very inconsequential to life changing.  It is one thing to fail to grasp an opportunity to go see a sporting event …

Crazy Anna

Several years ago an email came to the church from a lady in England.  Her name was Anna and she said she was a member of an Evangelical church in the London area.  She had a request. She wondered if she could prevail upon the church to provide lodging for her for a week-end, Friday …

Not So Common Sense

Do you get the idea that “common sense” is not all that common anymore?  Common sense once was those propositions, ideals, or evaluations of things that were self-evident.  The framers of our Constitution lived in a day when the very birth of our nation was based in “self-evident” truth. They were common sense propositions with …

Losing Heart

Life ebbs and flows doesn’t it.  Today’s joy quickly turns to tomorrows sorrows.  In one period we are financially “flush” and at another there is great want.  At times we think we could not possibly feel any better physically (given our age :)), and at other times we feel miserable.  Then, we have wonderful times …

Excuses

One day a pastor decided to visit a delinquent member that had not been attending church.  As the pastor entered the member’s home he sat down and began a friendly dialogue but eventually got down to the reason for his visit.  The pastor said, “Don, I’ve noticed that we have not been seeing you at …