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Never Alone

In January 2018, I read an article about the staggering increase in loneliness. I was really struck by the concerning concern among health professionals about the physical and psychological damage resulting from loneliness. And, this was even before Covid. Thinking through God’s design for community lead to writing this devotional.

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Psalm 84

This is our last week to finish up  Psalm 84.  Thankfully, the last three verses of the Psalm (verses 10-12) are pretty familiar. It has been

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Movie Clips


When I was putting together the sermon this week, I thought about using this clip from the Disney movie, The Lion King, but it didn’t

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Life Interrupted

Well, this is what my wipe-off board I use for scripture memory has looked like for one month — Other than a little water that

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Jim’s Tribute

Following is the tribute Jim gave about his dad, George Edward Samra, at his memorial service on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.

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George Edward Samra

George Edward Samra, age 84, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Sept. 25 after a lengthy battle with dementia. We rejoice

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Saturday (Sept. 22) marks the first day of autumn (Autumnal Equinox).  The weather is cooler and the leaves are starting to turn signaling that fall is here.  Soon they will reveal

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Psalm 84:7-9

If you are working on memorizing Psalm 84, we move on to the next three verses this week in order to make our goal of memorizing

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Prayer Suggestions

Sunday was an important reminder about the power of prayer from the life of Hannah in 1 Samuel. Some people have asked me how they could get

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Psalm 84:4-6

If you are memorzing through Psalm 84 with me this month, our three verses for this week are Psalm 84:4-6: Blessed are those who dwell

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Most Serious Work

Prayer is not a little habit pinned on us while we were tied to our mother’s apron strings; neither is it a little decent quarter

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Me, Myself and Bob

We don’t agree about olives and coffee, but we usually agree on books. Lisa and I both just read an excellent book: Me, Myself and

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Bible memorization is absolutely fundamental to spiritual formation. If I had to choose between all the disciplines of the spiritual life, I would choose Bible

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Sword of the Spirit

This morning, we finished our series on spiritual warfare by looking at the sword of the spirit or the Bible.  I thought one of the

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Helmet of Salvation

This week’s sermon explained how through the promised Holy Spirit, God allows the future to begin to break into the present.  This truth applies to

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Childlike Faith

Real conversation in our home this week: Kid:  Mom, I think we should pray about God giving us a [toy]. Mom:  That’s a great idea.

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