The Sunday school lesson of Samson taught to children presents him as a Herculean character, the strongest man in the world.  His brute strength enabled him to tear a lion apart with his bare hands, to shred new ropes binding him by simply flexing his muscles, and to kill 1000 men with a donkey’s jawbone…

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library card catalog

Today’s headlines enumerate all the factions within our nation that can leave us with heavy hearts and a myriad of opinions regarding solutions.  We find that even well-intended people are disagreeing sharply.  About 2000 years ago when a heated division over leadership in the early Corinthian church arose, the Apostle Paul addressed it with a…

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whitehouse

In our country’s current climate, there is seemingly no end to opinions and recommendations, but where is wisdom? If the world pandemic is to be resolved through science and a vaccine, then why are cases increasing unabated? Added to that is the attempt to quiet racial tensions with a combination of reparations, new laws, and…

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stop sign

“Stop sinning, or something worse may happen to you.” (John 5:14) Jesus spoke these words to the invalid He had healed at the Bethesda pool on a later encounter at the Temple, when the man was totally functional.  Because we think of Jesus as the Healer, operating in unconditional love, these particular words have always…

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angry woman

Have you ever worked really hard on a project – long hours with sleepless nights – and achieved great success, only to have a boss, family member, or someone else take the credit for it? #%@!#@X&%!! Pride is the source of this terrible, infamous human failing. Pride operates in both the arrogant audacity of stealing…

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cup and ball painting

The cup game has been around for a long time.  The objective is to follow the cup with the bean seed underneath as it is mixed and shuffled with two other empty cups.  While it sounds like a simple thing to track, most of us get it wrong when the shuffling stops and we have…

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street signs with question mark

The search for truth is an age-old quest of man.  We want truth that makes sense, based on evidence, until the evidence changes and we have to look for other criteria.  Perhaps truth should be based on what is right, or maybe on belief systems.  But that truth becomes shifting sands, as there are almost…

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measuring tape

How odd that the God Who created the universe and all matter, can exceed the limitations of our minds in His greatness, while also seeming so distant and powerless in our daily lives. We read of His exploits of dividing a sea of water into two vertical walls providing a dry path through the middle,…

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