Our Shepherd

America’s Civil War ended in 1865. It had destroyed much of what had been built up over centuries. It crippled for life a very high portion of Americans. Another very high portion had been killed in terrible ways. So, the next 30 years were very hard. What got Americans through that hardship? For starters, they turned to 1 chapter in the Bible like never before. It may still be the world’s best-known Bible chapter. It’s easy to read in 45 seconds. Its poetry beauty is simple. Its reality is as mighty now as when it was written 3 millenniums ago: […]

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As I write, today is the 1st day of spring J I sense clues to desires to do rising up in myself and in other people. Just in time for that, Quentin Byers brought us a vital lesson from God’s Word (James 1:19-25) on Sunday. We have been misfits and rascals like many through whom Jesus had done well. He through this lesson guides our energies into doing what is right with Him: receptive, listening, picking the right words with care and being caring to just GET IT DONE! This church’s active, adult members will vote on calling Quentin to […]

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Select

People began giving themselves to Jesus as saving Lord by repenting, being baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins, and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer (2:42). The Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved (2:47). When needs arose, Jesus’ apostles had the congregation select men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom to put in charge (6:3). So, our congregation’s […]

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Saving Time

Sunday afternoon, I went to visit a dear friend, old in every sense of the word. She and her husband first befriended me in Jesus 46½ years ago on my very first days I was living away from home. She has faithfully served our Lord Jesus throughout her lifetime in Christian morals, as daughter, as sister, as friend to many, as minister’s wife in whatever congregations her husband ministered to, as mother, as dorm mom as college cook, as house-mom for children separated from their parents and as piano accompanist for worshiping our Lord. I visited her so she could […]

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In Me

In me                                                             February 20, 2017 Imagine yourself saying: “As I give myself to Jesus, Christ lives in me”.Can you believe it?! That’s God’s word in Galatians 2:20. Jesus is in you walking through every doorway. Jesus is in you in riding every vehicle, eating every meal. Jesus is in you looking at each person so as to see that super creation in God’s likeness able to be on God’s frequency? Jesus is in you listening to a person for how Jesus is healing, or growing or correcting or blessing that person. Thus Jesus through you can thank God or pray […]

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Too mannerly

Say what? A Japanese saying (translated) is: Being too polite is impolite. 2 millenniums ago God’s word rebuked Christians: how is it that you desire to be enslaved all over again? You observe days (Galatians 4:9-10). It’s still true. I boasted that I spent more on Joyce this Valentines than ever. (Our washer failed, so I bought the one she wanted. It’s to come just in time for Valentines.) Of course, her income helped pay for it. A brother in Jesus also noted that I selfishly wanted to be sure she kept cleaning my clothes J Retailers push another holiday […]

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Winner

New England Patriot fans’ general excitement was: We did it: won the Super Bowl!!!  Of course, much more than fans, it was players who trained so hard and played so hard to do it. That makes it too easy to think: If I learn well these procedures and train hard on those proven technics, then I can take pride in my wins. Only, that didn’t work for all the other teams. What’s the alternative way to live? God’s word is: Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? For you are […]

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Be My Disciple

Slow down in your life Josh was a young, successful executive. He was driving his sleek, new Jaguar down a Chicago neighborhood’s narrow street. He watched for kids darting out from between parked cars.He thought he saw something. He slowed down. A brick smashed into his Jag’s side door! He backed his Jag up to where the brick was thrown, jumped out, pushed the kid up against a parked car and shouted: What are you doing?! That’s my new Jag! That brick is going to cost you a lot of money!The boy sobbed: Please, mister, please, I’m sorry! I didn’t […]

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Pedestals

The keynote speaker for this year’s Idaho State Prayer Breakfast at Boise Center, 8:00am March 11 is Jim Zorn. I didn’t recall who Jim was. He left Boise months before we moved to Boise. This sentence about Jim caught my attention: He has earned many sports accolades, but wears the titles of Follower of Jesus, husband, and father with highest honor. I recall the Lord Jesus saying you don’t light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men that […]

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Know

… Jesus was overcoming selfishness in me in high school by my friend Jerry. He wouldn’t eat lunch so he could give to getting Jesus to people. Jesus was overcoming selfishness in me in college by a Korean sister college. Its students in freezing weather asked the dean to turn off heat so the money could get Jesus to people! Jesus overcomes disbelieving opposition. Decades ago, a leading Christian I’d talked to, David Wang, told of getting to eat with China’s top officials. The speaker complained that China’s population was increasing too fast. Mr. Wang whispered to an official that 9,000+ […]

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