Overcoming The Agony of Defeat

With the winter Olympics beginning soon the name Vinko Bogatej comes to mind. Anyone remember him?

He was a ski-jumper from Yugoslavia who, while competing in the 1970 World Ski-Flying Championship in Obertsdorf, West Germany, fell off the takeoff ramp and landed on his head. Continue reading


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A Sexless, Unconventional Marriage

New York socialites Quentin Esme Brown and Peter Cary Peterson got married last weekend in Las Vegas. But it’s not a typical, traditional marriage.

“He has always been my soulmate in every sense of the word and we felt mutually that Vegas was the place to finalize our commitment to partnership,” Brown posted on Instagram. “Peter and I are not romantically involved — in fact we are still dating others and will continue to seek love in all forms.” Continue reading

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Great Verses of the Bible: Mark 12:17

This is the time of year we are beginning t0 receive tax forms from various financial entities. It reminds us that April 15 is coming, to get our records together and file our income taxes. And then pay up!

While we may grumble to some extent about taxes, the waste of government and the supposed inequities in the system, taxes are necessary. Continue reading

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By What Authority?

Several years ago I attended an event at a local high school. As I drove into the parking lot, a bumper sticker on a student’s car caught my eye. I’ve never forgotten it. It was only two words. But they say a lot. Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Accountability

Today is Martin Luther King Jr Day. It is a national holiday, signed into law by President Reagan in 1983 to celebrate the life and work of the slain civil rights leader. The holiday is observed on the third Monday of January, but today it actually falls on his birthday, January 15.

While King’s legacy is his fight for justice, equality, and peace through non-violent resistance, he preached personal accountability, not only to his African American brothers and sisters but to all people. Continue reading

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Are You Willing To Pay The Price?

William Barclay relates a story from Robert Louis Stevenson in The Master of Ballantrae who writes about the master leaving the ancestral home of Durrisdeer for the last time.

There is a sad scene in which he is talking to the faithful family steward.  “Ah! M’Kellar,” he said, “Do you think I have never a regret.”

“I do not think,” said M’Kellar, “that you could be so bad a man unless you had all the machinery for being a good one.” Continue reading

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Spiritual Immunization

Recently in our adult Bible class at West Main we were studying the temptation of Jesus in Matthew 4. Leah Farquhar, who is a school nurse and the wife of one of our Shepherds, offered this insightful analogy.

“When Jesus was tempted by Satan, He answered each temptation with ‘It is written.’ This reminded me of Psalm 119:11, “Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Continue reading


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