Monthly Archive: June 2014

Jun 30

Without the Words…?

hiking to Hermit's Peak

As a teenager I can remember each summer going to church camp in the New Mexico mountains at Camp Blue Haven. Just outside Las Vegas, New Mexico, we usually attended one of the two-week sessions which meant lots of daily Bible classes, nightly singing and devotionals and a day long hike up Hermit’s Peak on …

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Jun 27

Fixing the Pharisees…June 29th

hearts on fire

Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” But the reverse could be true; if it is broken, it needs to be fixed. Your car doesn’t start so you find out what’s wrong with it and fix it. Your computer is running slow, so do some checking and then get it …

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Jun 23

Spiritual Understanding in a Material World

faith shield

A recent email from one of our ministers at Waterview church of Christ caught my eye and I felt it appropriate to share it with you. Consider your ‘faith in Christ,’ what exactly does that mean? Is your faith something you can hold on to? By definition, the word faith means; “Belief that does not …

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Jun 19

The Adopted…June 22nd

adoption-baby

During the early 70’s, my mom and dad served the West Texas region as ‘foster parents’ for children who were waiting adoption. In some situations we received new born babies so early, we were given the responsibility of giving them their name. A huge obligation, but though we ‘fostered’ these young children for months, we …

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Jun 17

Vacation Bible School…Pt. 1

VBS

For many of us, summer time brings memories of Vacation Bible School. Whether you rode the Joy Bus, brought cookies or taught a class (or participated in any of the above), VBS was a highlight of the summer months. So for the next few weeks I’d like to reminisce about the songs we used to …

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Jun 13

A Letter to My Father…June 15th

Revelation 5

What do you remember about your father? Is he still with you, or has he passed away? There are some who will say, ‘I never knew him.’ Others will remember how he taught them to ride a bike or throw a ball. Still others will remember how he disciplined with hands of steel, but encouraged …

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Jun 11

Play Ball!

Rough Riders...field

Summer nights at the baseball game almost always start off with the umpire shouting, “Play Ball!” But just minutes before he utters that infamous phrase you’ll likely hear the words to our National Anthem sung by an individual, quartet or small chorus. “Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light what so proudly …

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Jun 06

Why Have Graduations?…June 8th

Graduates Throwing Mortarboards

Many students will ‘walk the stage’ sometime in the next few days and weeks. Whether they are moving from preschool to elementary, high school to college, or college to ‘the real world,’ we see graduations all around. We understand the importance of milestones in life, and the excitement we feel upon reaching them. Even the …

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Jun 01

God, Just or Unjust?…June 1st

scales of justice

With all the sincerity of a 5 year old, I remember our youngest looking up and pleading his case, “But it’s not fair! Why does he get to stay up and I have to go to bed?” In the parent-child relationship we understand how some things are ‘just that way.’ Our decisions, as we see it, …

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