The Choice is Yours

An unknow source once told the story of, “A farmer who hired a man to work for him. He told him his first task would be to paint the barn and said it should take him about three days to complete. But the hired man was finished in one day. The farmer set him to cutting wood, telling him it would require about 4 days. The hired man finished in a day and a half, to the farmer’s amazement. The next task was to sort out a large pile of potatoes. He was to arrange them into three piles: seed […]

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Let God use you for His glory

11 years ago, when I graduated from Highschool if you would have told me I would be standing up in front of a church congregation preaching every Sunday, I would have laughed and told you were crazy. You see, though I love the Lord with all my heart, I am completely terrified of public speaking. I never planned to be a preacher because I didn’t think I could overcome my fears and because of that, preaching was not part of my plan. However, God obviously had other plans for me. So, with hard work and submission to the Lord's will […]

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Love One Another

The early historian Jerome writes about the aged apostle John. He explains that John in his old age would have to be carried in to the church in Ephesus, and as he would find enough strength to stand or much of the time just sit up to speak. He would say just one phrase, “Little children love one another.” It seemed that the one most important fact that John felt needed to be said was that one statement. John knowing that he could only say one thing chooses this one important statement. The story continues, in one of the very […]

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Your Worth

A year ago, Joyce and I drove past the big, old boarding house in San Jose, California, where first I and then with Joyce lived in 1972. If it weren’t that we were so poor, we wouldn’t have lived in such a lousy place. I cleaned its bathrooms, floor and yard to pay less rent. Sam, a state university violin student, lived with us. He liked to shop for bargains at San Jose’sSaturday flee market, where people brought items to sell for a little money. One Sunday afternoon I found Sam slumped on the edge of his bed, newspaper in hand. I wondered […]

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Isabel

I first met Isabel Dittamore at a co-worker’s home in Hong Kong.  She surprised me by not being grandmotherly. Her no-nonsense attitude cut through trivia and got to what mattered. Where did she get such spunk? In her book, He Leadeth Me, she as the oldest of 9 Maxey children wrote: Father and Mother dedicated each one of us to the service of Jesus Christ when we were born. As a child she heard of Jesus’ brave servants such as Albert Shelton, whose book, Pioneer to Tibet, has been much read. A lady serving in China gave her as a girl a fine […]

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Eyes    

September 18, 2017 Boise Bible College welcomes people to their chapel at 8695 W. Marigold St., Garden City for the inauguration of their new president at 7pm Friday, September 22. Capitol City Christian Church welcomes you to Sunday, September 24 for David & Sharon Filbeck of Christian Mission to the Orient training people there to be ministers of Christ to their peoples. 9:30 a.m.: A presentation to teens and adults of their work 10:45 a.m.: David Filbeck preaches is worship. Noon: All-attendees potluck lunch with the Filbecks. Lord Jesus says: If your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light (Matthew 6:22) I’m thinking most important […]

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Building  

September 11, 2017 As I write, today is the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that killed 2,996 people precious to God and wounded 6,000+ others. God’s word is: By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches (Proverbs 24:3-4). The best way I know to have such a house is to entrust its building to someone who really knows what to do. So, why did the World Trade Center’s twin towers collapse while a much older nearby church building remained relatively unscathed? Briefly, its great fame dared […]

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Into Life

Jesus reveals a person who passed into eternity desired loved ones on earth to trust selves to God. I’m sure Norma Jean, whose funeral I officiated yesterday, desires that. You see, God loves you more than you may know. He creates you not just for work or pleasure, no matter how fruitful the work or how fun the pleasure. He offers a grand design for your life that is much more than can be snuffed out. Search it out. You will find Jesus is right to say: Jn.14:6 I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father […]

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Real Matters

Mountain climbing expert guide Michael Zanger sat in our Hong Kong living room after climbing in the Himalayas and told Joyce and I fascinating accounts. One was actually of leading some super-achievers in their careers up northern California’s Mount Shasta. One man was having great difficulty breathing. His face color was unusual. Frequent stops for rest did not seem to help. As they continued the climb, his breathing was punctuated by coughing and spitting froth mixed with blood. To make matters worse, a sudden snowstorm confined them to hastily erected tents. Michael thought the man might die of heart failure. […]

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I’m learning not to tell about the labor pains. People just want to see the “baby” 🙂       It’s the little extra something that makes a day complete; It’s the little extra smile that makes the face look sweet,       It’s the little extra handshake and then a glad “Hello” That makes friends glad to come and then regret to go.       It’s a little extra effort which gets a job well done. Through a little extra praying a lost soul may be won.   Lord, teach us that simplest act carried thru Of hand or mind or spoken word […]

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