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The Iron Furnace 11/30

Most often when we face trials we consider them to be unnecessary inconveniences or even an unfair injustice.  In God’s sovereign plan His chosen people Israel would spend 400 years as slaves in Egypt (Genesis 15:13; Acts 7:6).  Did God love His people?  Why would He allow them to be slaves for 400 years?  We would assume that such inhumane and brutal treatment would be detrimental to the Israelites!  

Show Love for Each Other 10/26

Normal greetings in my world tend to be a smile and firm handshake.  I remember the awkwardness as an early teen of the first time I was greeted with the traditional Italian kiss on the cheek.  Prepared for a nice smile and handshake, the very friendly older Italian lady ignored my extended hand, grabbed my shoulders, pulled me through the interpersonal danger zone and gave me a nice kiss on the cheek! My experience in life and society hadn’t prepared me for that moment.  I was stunned!

Merge! 10/19

Dear River Reach Family, Brethren, pray for us. 26   Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss. 27 I adjure you by the Lord to have this letter read to all the brethren.” 1 Thessalonians 5:25-27 The long awaited day arrived.  I was 16 1/2 years old.  I had taken a driver’s education class, practiced driving…

Always Be Grateful 9/21

Gratitude and gratefulness seems to have almost vanished from our society.  Anger, hatred, outrage, worry, complaining, and their close companions seems to have taken over the news media, social media, talk shows, politics, and even popular fictional entertainment.  The tragedy of all these sins is that it blocks its victims from recognizing the incredible blessings they enjoy!  Political activist groups foment anger and discord while living in the most peaceful nation on earth enjoying a wealth of technology and the blessings of freedom.  Objective observers can quickly become outraged at such ungratefulness 🙂