Arnold Betrays the Colonies; Moses Sterling Character (Feeling Unappreciated, 2 of 4)

We resume on the subject of feeling unappreciated and undervalued illustrated by a contrast between the Revolutionary War’s General Benedict Arnold and Moses, the man who liberated the Israelites out of Egypt.    Arnold’s military feats electrified the colonies, but his enemies began to make life miserable for him.   Having married a beautiful Tory … Continue reading Arnold Betrays the Colonies; Moses Sterling Character (Feeling Unappreciated, 2 of 4)

Feeling Unappreciated (Part 1 of 4)

Though Mary was strikingly beautiful, she was vulnerable in two areas. The first was obvious – she was childless, weighing her down with incompleteness. The second only surfaced after I had been her pastor for some time. Gifted in hospitality, she and Bill, her husband, opened their home often to members of our congregation. After … Continue reading Feeling Unappreciated (Part 1 of 4)

Pick-Up Lines

“Pick-up lines” has a negative connotation. Normally it means a man trying to start a relationship with a woman without previously knowing her.  It has a low-life connotation, as though the motive is less than ideal.  However, that is not the meaning of “pick-up” here.  Shifting a conversation to spiritual things . . . introducing … Continue reading Pick-Up Lines

More Saved Than Lost

You have wondered, “Will more people be saved and enjoy Heaven for eternity, or will more people remain lost?”  If more people remain separated from God, then it seems that satan will have won. And it does not seem logical that God would allow that. It is true that some Scripture appears to support the … Continue reading More Saved Than Lost

The Uncountable Multitude

 Revelation 7:9 tells us about a gathering which exceeds all other gatherings: “. . . there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.”  This crowd could not be counted. Too many.   Crowds   Those … Continue reading The Uncountable Multitude

What We Don’t Know (Halifax Explosion, #3)

 Steel is hard . . .  a law unto itself. It can’t be twisted, bent or broken with one’s hands.  There is no contest between human skin, muscle and bone and this inflexible metal.  So I have wondered how it is that military Humvees  (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle – HMMWV;  pictured at left), a … Continue reading What We Don’t Know (Halifax Explosion, #3)

  For Such a Time as This  (Halifax Explosion, #2)

On Thursday, December 6, 1917, an American ship loaded with explosives bound for the European war detonated in the harbor at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Almost 2000 people were killed and 9000 were wounded, straining the medical facilities of the area.  Soldiers recuperating from World War I injuries became the new, immediately deputized hospital orderlies, … Continue reading   For Such a Time as This  (Halifax Explosion, #2)

Boston & Halifax

 10:13 A.M. December 6th, 1917 Boston and Halifax were not friends. In fact, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada had fought for or supported every cause, battle or confrontation against the Americans since the American Revolutionary War.  It was that conflict that sent 30,000 British Empire loyalists fleeing from New York and New England, who became the foundation … Continue reading Boston & Halifax

Surprising Result

Colossians 1:11 leaped out me . . . flashing like a neon sign.  It reports a surprising result.  What would you expect from “. . . being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might?”  With all that spiritual fire-power (“strengthened with all power” and “according to His glorious might”) I would expect that … Continue reading Surprising Result