Staff Blog

AROUND THE TABLE

Jesus did some of his best work around the table. Lessons were taught, stories were told, and people were healed. One quick example can be found in comparing Luke 14 and 15. In Luke 14 Jesus is having dinner with a leader of the Pharisees. Upon seeing how people chose...

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AFTER THE ELECTION IS OVER

I write these words on Election Day. After many months of campaigning for the office of President, our nation will cast votes today for a new leader. As I write on Tuesday morning some have already participated in early voting, others have voted when the polls first...

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He Died Well, Because He Lived Well

My dad, Glenn Walls, died on October 28th, and we laid his body to rest on October 31st. A few weeks ago he was diagnosed with MDS, a form of blood cancer, and then developed pneumonia. This all happened very quickly, and now I find myself reflecting on events of...

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A FAMILY THANKSGIVING DINNER

Thanksgiving is a theme which runs through the entire Bible. Thanksgiving sings forth in the Psalms. We listen to words of thanks from the lips of Jesus and Paul and we hear the praises of thanksgiving from the heavenly throng described in Revelation. Gratitude is...

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A PRAYER FOR SILAS

Jane and I are now grandparents for the third time! Silas John Hull McGee was born on October 19 at 12:03 a.m. He weighed in at 8 lbs. 10 oz. and 21.5 inches long. His Mom and Dad are doing amazingly well. His grandparents are ecstatic. He sure is a cute little...

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KEEP ON GROWING

Generous Giving 2017 . . . The landscape gardener looked surprised. “Will you say that again, ma’am?” The lady-of-the-house waved a hand to include the several-acre woodland she was having landscaped. “I want a picture of how it will all look...

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SERVING TOGETHER

There is a very important Bible verse that has special meaning for my wife and me. In fact, we have it inscribed on the inside of our wedding rings. (But please don’t ask to see it – I can’t get my wedding ring off my finger anymore! Trust me, it is written there.)...

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GENEROUS GIVING

I love the graphic artwork that we are using again this year for the church stewardship emphasis. Notice that the center of the picture is a heart. The stewardship of our time, talents, treasure, and testimony is ultimately a matter of the heart. Stewardship begins in...

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School Pride

I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. During those days I would attend University of Louisville Cardinals football and basketball games. I was a big fan. Now that the Cardinals are ranked #3 in the country in football this week, I am very proud of my hometown team. I...

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A SONG IN THE NIGHT

Frederick Buechner writes, “Whenever you find tears in your eyes, especially unexpected tears, it is well to pay the closest attention. They are not only telling you something about the secret of who you are, but more often than not God is speaking to you through them of the mystery of where you have come from and is summoning you to where, if your soul is to be saved, you should go next.” (Whistling in the Dark) We need to pay attention to our tears. Another way to say that is that grief can teach us some important lessons.

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