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  • April 27, 2024

    READ: PSALM 23; 2 CORINTHIANS 7:5-7 Once again, intense pain had brought me to the emergency room where I waited to be admitted to an upstairs room. Beyond discouraged, I asked the Lord, “Do You still love me?” My depression deepened as one nurse after another poked me with needles and questioned me. The paramedics [...]

  • November 15, 2023

    READ: PSALMS 33:12-22; 78:1-8 You may know that the Wright Brothers invented the first functional airplane, Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, and Louis Pasteur developed a process that makes milk safe to drink. A lot of people also know Pasteur developed a vaccine for rabies in humans. But few people know that modern physical [...]

  • August 11, 2022

    King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon conquered Judah and relocated some of the Jewish people to Babylon. God gave special wisdom to three of these young men—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They impressed the king, and he placed them in positions of authority. All was well until the king built a golden statue. Everyone was ordered to fall [...]

  • March 16, 2022

    We were all lined up for the egg toss contEsther Jack threw our team's egg, and SPLAT! The raw egg hit my new pink blouse and broke. As it slid down the front, it left a long trail. Jack laughed so hard, his body spiraled down to the ground like water draining out of a [...]

  • January 10, 2022

    Filling a basin with water in the upper room, our Lord Jesus Christ washed the feet of His disciples. He then tenderly dried each foot with a towel He had hung around His waist. This included the two feet belonging to Judas. Christ knew Judas would betray Him in a few hours. Still, He washed [...]

  • November 13, 2021

    He never got over being excited about the resurrection of Jesus. It was the central event of his life. Nearly every minute of every day throughout the year, his enthusiasm was obvious. His name was Rev. William J. Irey. I'm very thankful he was my dad. A lot of ministers and a lot of Christian [...]

  • March 23, 2021

    Lightning splits the sky, so I dash inside the nearest store, before I'm drenched. A woman polishes. “Welcome, Hayley. I'm Nancy,” she says, placing the duster to one side. “Come on in. Get shelter from the rain.” “How do you know my name?” I ask, transfixed by the treasures and jewels on display. Nancy smiles, [...]

  • March 8, 2021

    Have you ever wondered if God is listening to your prayers? Or felt like everyone else has had their prayers answered but you? You are not alone. In Luke 1, we meet Elizabeth, a descendant of Aaron, who is married to Zechariah, a Jewish priEsther They were devout worshipers who had been married many years, [...]

  • February 4, 2021

    "Lord, why?” Through sobs, I've asked this question many times. I asked it while looking at a baby in her casket. I asked it when a vibrant seventeen-year-old girl from our church died the night after she and my sister graduated from high school. I asked it when an always-healthy childhood friend died of skin [...]

  • January 5, 2021

    Opening the heavy church door, I immediately saw Dan and ran to hug him. “Mark's here,” he whispered. Mark and I hugged. “Barb's here,” he said. Barb and I hugged. She said, “Ruth's here.” I hugged Ruth and took my place in a nearby pew. Soon, I noticed Jean several pews away. Once the benediction [...]