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A Passage To Ponder: 1 Peter 1

Annie Johnson Flint, born in 1866, is well-known in Christian circles as a poet and songwriter. She composed over 6,000 poems and hymns. However, her life was far from one of ease.

Annie was an orphan. Her foster parents both passed away early in her life. She cared for a sister who was very frail. As a result, she was compelled to be dependent on the assistance of others. She lived with crippling arthritis. She was stricken with cancer. Yet the faith of Annie Flint Johnson was strong, as many of her hymns testify. Continue reading

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Waging A Spiritual Warfare

Jeff Strite tells the story when heavyweight champion of the world Joe Louis took on challenger “Two-Ton” Tony Galento.

Louis was favored to win, so he was surprised when Galento threw a punch that knocked him sprawling onto the mat. Quickly Louis jumped to his feet.

When the round ended Louis’ manager scolded him, “You know you’re supposed to take the full count when you go down. Why didn’t you stay down for nine?” Continue reading


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Howard Hendricks tells a great story when he was on an American Airline flight after a very long delay. A man who had too much to drink was being rude to the other passengers. Demanding with the flight attendants. And in a word just plain obnoxious!

Hendricks watched this flight attendant treat this unpleasant man with class, dignity and professionalism. She was unruffled. When he was rude, she was polite. When he was uncaring, she was kind. Continue reading


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How To Stay Married For 50 Years

Ok. I know I’m supposed to be on a blogging break. But I’m up early and Norma Jean’s still asleep. So, I wanted to share this piece I wrote last year for our 50th wedding anniversary. Today is 51. So, I know these suggestions will get you that far. The journey continues!


“What’s your secret?” we are asked when people find out we’re celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary.

Since we are asked that question often, Norma Jean and I have come up with some answers we think have made our marriage work. “Secrets” that are not really secrets, but are not always practiced or even accepted by many people today.

In my last new post for the month of August, here are 5 specific things we think make a marriage work. At least they have contributed to the longevity of our relationship.

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Bible Lands Tour #8–Victory in the Valley of Elah

Yesterday we traded the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem for the serene and scenic lowlands and valleys.

We saw wheat, barley, and hay fields. Grape vineyards. Shepherds leading their sheep. Camels in the fields. And much of the territory in which the Philistines lived in Bible times. Including the valley in which they returned the ark of the covenant (1 Sam. 6). Continue reading


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Bible Lands Tour #7–The Way of the Cross

Yesterday we took a walking tour of Old Jerusalem. What a fascinating mixture of sights, sounds, and even smells.

It’s also a composite of Christian, Jewish and Muslim culture, heritage and religious belief. Surrounded by ancient walls, it’s home to such ancient sites as the Islamic shrine, Dome of the Rock, also called the Golden Dome,  the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which dates back to the 4th century and the Western Wall. Continue reading


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Bible Lands Tour #6–The Garden of Gethsemane

A typical day for this tour has been a wake-up call at 6:30 AM. Breakfast at 7:00. Board the bus at 8:00. A lunch break around 12:00 or 1:00. And back at the hotel around 5:00. After a hot shower, a little rest and a buffet dinner, we’re usually ready to call it an evening. Yesterday was no exception. Continue reading


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