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One of the greatest gifts God has given to us is the power of choice. One of the greatest curses is the power of choice.  It is a gift because we get to choose who we become.  It is a curse because in the end...

When we hear the word “prospector” we usually think of the stereotypic grizzled old codger walking rope in hand pulling along his donkey loaded with bags and pans.  I just happen to have a very good friend who is a prospector.  He doesn’t own a...

Having very few items of much value my wife and I rarely think about something being taken.  However in the past few weeks our home has had a steady stream of workers doing remodeling tasks.  Not believing anyone would actually take something, we did decide...

When I was a little kid I memorized the Ten Commandments. The “jealous” word describing God was a bit disconcerting.  I thought of that characteristic in negative terms and I did not want my God to be negative.   I was told if I wanted to...

If we have been hurt, but don't know we were hurt, have we really been hurt? Many years ago I was the pastor in a small southern town.  Pastors were paid according to some sophisticated cost of living scale that pertained to where the pastor lived. ...

With very little speech occurring I sat at the kitchen counter this evening and watched my wife prepare our light supper.  One of life's great pleasures is watching someone you love.  If being apart from a loved one and not being able to see them...

It was time for a new tube of toothpaste.  Being a skinflint I had squeezed every possible bit of white stuff out of the old tube.  After taking the cap off the new tube there was yet a foil seal to be removed.  I pulled...

This evening I heard a very interesting advertisement for an upcoming show. Tune in next Monday night for a surprise visit from (blank).  They mentioned the name of someone famous.  You can fill in the blank with any name you want.  The name wasn't important. ...

I had the wonderful privilege of being the recipient of a major trove of marvelous old books from a pastor’s library.  His widow saw to it that I received the gems.  I am most grateful. The few I already had have gone to the eager...

On occasion it is good to reflect upon the good things God gives us.  It is even good to repeat something if it was very special.  About fifteen years ago I told the following story which occurred about thirty years ago.  It is time for...