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July 11, 2012

What to do in a trial

James says to “count it all joy when you face trials of many kinds.” But what does that mean? Does it mean that we are to literally be “full of joy” when we are in a trial? I think the answer is yes and no.  The goal of trials is that we may be “perfect […]

June 25, 2012

Why God made me a bad golfer

So, last week I had the rare itch to play a round of golf. I am not a good golfer and about 4 or 5 times a year, I am vividly and painfully reminded of this. But the itch came and I had to scratch so off I go (with my cousin) to Highland Golf […]

June 21, 2012

The Gospel’s in the Cradle

There is one thing that parents ought to teach their children: that the Word of God should be loved, cherished, believed and honored above all things.  Many things will change from generation to generation: Music styles, clothes, cars, church, culture, movies, hobbies, entertainment and careers. Your child’s life may look nothing like yours. But none […]

March 8, 2012

Are you gentle?

Gentleness is a fascinating quality. It has been defined as controlled strength or power contained.  Imagine the most gentle person you ever met.  This person was not weak and flimsy.  This person had power and strength but was able to demonstrate it through tenderness and affection. This is one of the rarest qualities you will […]

February 26, 2012

Sick bodies and healthy souls

Scriptures say that all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28). Is this true when our bodies succumb to the stomach flu and we’re stuck in bed for 2 days? Yes, I think so. Being sick reminds us that we are truly weak, […]

February 21, 2012

Why shoveling is easy and leading is hard

This morning, we woke up to a few inches of wet snow.  Most winters this wouldn’t come as a shock. But this winter has been surprisingly dry. My instinct was to put on my boots, grab a shovel and clean off the porch and pathway to our garage. It didn’t come with much resistance or […]

February 21, 2012

The husband who goes to war

Last weekend, a special couple from church celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. These are a few thoughts that were shared at the service, taken from Ephesians 5:22-27. The responsibility of husbands is to relinquish their own sin first, set their love and affection constantly on their wife and pursue strong and gentle leadership. 1. Christ […]

February 18, 2012

Jesus and stay at home moms

You have probably heard the title “stay at home mom.”  This refers to mothers who assume the primary responsibility for taking care of their children while the husband is at work. When I hear the title “Stay at home,” I think of two things. 1) The word “stay” as a verb or command: “You, stay […]

February 14, 2012

A short story of our church

East Balsam resides in a field just off of 108th street.  It is in a rural community, lots of farms, trees and lakes. We have no skyscrapers or 3 lane highways. There is not the noise of car horns or buses. You won’t hear anyone yell out “taxi” or watch a sea of faces swarming […]

February 14, 2012

An argument destroyed

In II Corinthians 10, Paul gives a description of how Christians are to fight in the world: “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…. (2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV). This is the call for every believer and every church. What thought has […]

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