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On every trip, decisions are made. Along the road of life, we inevitably face intersections and decisions about which way to go. It is at those moments that we must live by faith, asking God for wisdom and believing that He will never lead in the wrong direction. It is our hope that each article on the blog will encourage you to keep enjoying the journey…and look for Jesus along the way.

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Wildflowers in biblical Moab. When she came back to Bethlehem, Naomi used some Hebrew wordplay. She said that “the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.” (1:20)  The Hebrew word she used for Almighty, שַׁדַּי is very close to the word used in verse 1:1 for “the country,” שְׂדֵי. In this way, the reader understands the true origin of Naomi’s bitter dealings: the country of Moab.
Photo by John Buckner

Moab

 “Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.” Ruth 1:1  Biblical Moab, in modern Jordan, is only about twenty-five miles from…

At the Half-way Point of the Year

On January 1, 2014 I sat in my study and wrote out ten very specific goals for this year.  They have served as reminders to...

Don’t Lose Your Joy!

This world is full of joy stealers.  Behind them all is a miserable devil whose only delight is to "steal, kill, and destroy."  It is...

A Trip to Mayberry

Beating Morgan in a game of checkers next to Floyd's Barber Shop We have just returned from a couple of days...

Remembering My Grandpa

Just a few days ago I stood next to the old pond where my grandpa and I spent so much time together.  Lots of memories....

Dealing with Accusations

Accusations are damaging things.  For sure there are times that sin must be addressed and sinners confronted.  That is called restoration - at least that...

Counsel to Young People and to Those Who Counsel Them

It is my privilege to work each week with hundreds of middle school, high school, and college age young people.  It is fascinating that the...

A Tribute to My Mother

"When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I...

7 Things A Blog Has Taught Me About Writing

We were standing in a bookstore surrounded by thousands of good books when I asked the question: "How do you begin writing?"  The advice of...

Keeping Your Prayer Life Fresh

Good things can get stale.  Even our prayer life.  One of the great challenges of using a prayer list is not allowing it to become...

Portrait of a Peacemaker

In a world of strife peace is a wonderful thing.  There is a peace that is connected to truth and there is a peace that...

Conducting An Effective Youth Rally

The youth rally is not the entire youth ministry, but it is a component part. Like summer camp or Vacation Bible School it serves as...
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What to Do When You Are Tired

We all get tired. Even the Lord Jesus in His perfect humanity experienced weariness. (Read more about that here).The best of men in the greatest...

Getting More Out of This Sunday’s Sermon

Over the last few days I have been in numerous meetings where someone was preaching the Bible.  The messages were delivered by different men with...

Early Mornings

Do you love mornings?  I have never considered myself a true morning person.  In fact, I have always envied those people who seem to rise...

Thanks for Taking Time to Read

One of God's priceless gifts is friendship.  Through the years I have begun to learn the lasting value of a true friend.  This week I...

Traveling

Another trip.  I am sitting in a hotel room in Fort Worth, Texas tonight.  Tomorrow we host an Open House at Crown Southwest and begin...

Thank God for My Pastor

For the last two decades I have had the joy of being under the same faithful pastor.  Recently I spent some time reflecting on what...
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Kind People in a Mean World

There once was a school that had but one rule. (Oh, what a wonderful place that would be!) It is now known as Washington and...