October 18: “Selah”

1 Minute Read + Scripture readings Today’s Bible Reading: 1 Kings 211 Thessalonians 4Daniel 3Psalms 107 Today’s Bible Verse(s):  1 Thessalonians 4:9 (CSB): “About brotherly love: You don’t need me to write you because you yourselves are taught by God to love one another.” Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s): Today is Sunday. It’s the day […]

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March 3: “Be Quiet, the Lord Will Fight For You”

4 Minute Read + Scripture readings Today’s Bible Reading: Exodus 14 Luke 17 Job 32 2 Corinthians 2 Today’s Bible Verse(s): “The Lord will fight for you, and you must be quiet.” ‭‭Exodus‬ ‭14:14‬ (‭CSB)‬‬ Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s): There is a time for action and there is a time to be still and […]

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September 18: “Resting When the Storms of Life Are Raging”

3 Minute Read + Scripture readings TODAY’S BIBLE READING: Isaiah 28:14-30:11 Galatians 3:23-4:31 Psalm 62:1-12 Proverbs 23:19-21 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Psalm 62:1–2 (CSB): “I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will never be shaken.” REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): […]

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September 17: “Trust Produces Peace”

4 Minute Read + Scripture readings TODAY’S BIBLE READING: Isaiah 25:1–28:13 Galatians 3:10-22 Psalm 61:1-8 Proverbs 23:17-18 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Isaiah 26:3 (CSB): “You will keep the mind that is dependent on you in perfect peace, for it is trusting in you.” REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): In December 2004, I did something stupid. I […]

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September 5: “Sharpen the Axe”

4 Minute Read + Scripture readings TODAY’S BIBLE READING: Ecclesiastes 10:1-12:14 2 Corinthians 8:1-15 Psalm 49:1-20 Proverbs 22:20-21 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Ecclesiastes 10:10 (CSB): “If the ax is dull, and one does not sharpen its edge, then one must exert more strength; however, the advantage of wisdom is that it brings success.” REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S […]

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I’m Taking a Sabbatical

8 Minute Read My last Sunday at Westside Baptist Church was a few days ago. I started emptying my study on Monday (Memorial Day) and finished yesterday. I am now officially between jobs and will be so for the next 3 1/2 weeks. I’ve heard of other pastors taking sabbaticals and have often wished that […]

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A Florida Spring-Fed River and Manatees

In May 2011, I took a trip down the Weekie Wachee River in a kayak. The Weekie Wachee is a spring fed river that travels 7.4 miles westward and flows into the Gulf of Mexico. But, the kayak ride ends at the 5.5 mile mark. If you don’t paddle and just decide to float down […]

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The answer to anxiety

DAILY BIBLE READING: 1 Chronicles 1:1–2:17  Acts 23:11-35  Psalm 3:1-8  Proverbs 18:14-15 BIBLE VERSE(S) FOR TODAY: Psalm 3:5-6 (CSB) “I lie down and sleep; I wake again because the Lord sustains me. I will not be afraid of thousands of people who have taken their stand against me on every side.” REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Anxiety […]

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Stress and the need to get away

Sometimes the stresses of life can overwhelm us.  Stresses at work.  Stresses at home.  Stresses of relationships.  Stresses of money.  Etc., etc., etc. As a former Bible teacher used to tell me (using the King James Bible phrase ‘come apart’ which means to separate yourself from your present situation):  “Come apart or you’ll come apart.” […]

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Getting away with Kim to the Maple Hill Bed and Breakfast

Our church recently sent Kim and me off for a couple of days at a bed and breakfast. I’ve never been to a bed and breakfast (they sounded a little too much like a female or elderly thing) but I was fair game. Things have been more than a little rough for Kim and me, […]

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