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Remembering the Unknowns

Monday, May 28, is an official holiday in America that we call Memorial Day. For the most part people across our land will celebrate the day with family and friends and food and fireworks and all of the things that have come to be a festival of kicking off the summer and vacation time […]

By |May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Directions||0 Comments

Finding Strength

2 Corinthians 12:7b-10; 13:2-8
Many Bible phrases show up in our everyday language; “a thorn in the flesh,” included in today’s Scripture passage, is one such. We use the phrase to describe everything from an obnoxious person we deal with regularly to a burdensome, ongoing situation or physical ailment that brings misery or frustration.
This concluding […]

By |May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Explore the Bible||0 Comments

Keep Standing

Esther 8:1-8, 9:20-22
Speaking from experience here: if you’ve ever reached a weight loss goal and improved your health, you know that success can be short-lived if the habits that got you to that goal aren’t maintained. You face a new normal … you simply can’t go back. One victory doesn’t mean you can sit […]

By |May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Bible Studies for Life||0 Comments

The Blessings of Pollen

You don’t need me to tell you pollen season has arrived. From all the rain we have received and now with warm weather covering the land, everything is blooming and growing and pollen is everywhere. The Yellow Haze has arrived. I don’t remember a recent day when somebody has not complained about the pollen […]

By |May 16th, 2018|Categories: Directions||0 Comments

Giving Faithfully

2 Corinthians 9:1-15
As I write this lesson, my son has just finished a week of midnight shifts, and is looking forward to a couple of days working in his backyard garden. Enjoying lazy afternoons in the sun, a variety of seed pots had already produced healthy-looking shoots of corn, green beans, squash, tomatoes, okra […]

By |May 16th, 2018|Categories: Explore the Bible||0 Comments

Stand Up and Speak

Esther 7:1-10
Too many people want to deal with wrongs against themselves or others by being the judge, jury, and executioner. These roles have never been given to Christians; rather, we serve the One who is the ultimate judge. Our role is that of a witness, to expose the wrong and point to the right. […]

By |May 16th, 2018|Categories: Bible Studies for Life||0 Comments

The Unwritten Letter to Mun

This letter is way overdue. My mom went to be with the Lord over 20 years ago. I should have written the letter 40 or 50 years ago, but I didn’t. Nearly always, I gave her gifts and sometimes only got her a card at Mother’s Day, but even then, when I did she […]

By |May 9th, 2018|Categories: Directions||0 Comments

Becoming New

2 Corinthians 5:16-21; 6:1-2
The presenter at a recent deaf revival pulled together some incredible graphics to capture the attention of those gathered. One particular drawing showed a massive eye, welling up with a tear. The eye’s pupil portrayed a far-off reflection of a hapless young man making his way toward the person with […]

By |May 9th, 2018|Categories: Explore the Bible||0 Comments

Sometimes Just Leave the Ball Alone

Recently I wrote a Directions article on “Play the Ball Where the Monkey Throws It.”  The story came from a friend who went to a golf course in Africa near the jungle’s edge.  The owners of the golf course had an unending problem with the monkeys that would come out on the course and […]

By |April 27th, 2018|Categories: Directions||0 Comments

Enjoying God’s Comfort

2 Corinthians 1:3-14
Author Randy Kilgore recalls a terrifying experience while waking up after a serious heart surgery. An allergic reaction brought on violent shaking, and he had to be restrained. A nurse reached down and gently grasped her patient’s hand, bringing him calm and comfort.
From time to time, we all need comforting. […]

By |April 27th, 2018|Categories: Explore the Bible||0 Comments