The Paperboy

One of my recent tasks as a kindergarten class volunteer was to help modernize the books on tape to books on CDs.  Kids don’t know too much about tapes, plus the tapes get old, brittle, and they break (kind of like kindergarten volunteers.)  Since I had a little technology expertise, meaning I knew the difference…

Thanksgiving for the Righteousness of Christ

Thanksgiving for the Righteousness of Christ

Augustus Toplady wrote this hymn, which is included in “The Complete Works of Augustus Toplady,” page 897, under the overall heading “Juvenile Poems on Sacred Subjects.” A subtitle of the section indicates he wrote these hymns between the ages of 15-18. Let’s see, what was I doing at that age? Unfortunately, I wasn’t writing hymns.…

Decayed Milestones

I listened to a podcast recently on Augustus Toplady, and on its completion I thought it would be interesting to pull out a book I bought a long time ago, but has been collecting dust on a bookshelf. The Complete Works of Augustus Toplady, published in 1987, but, from the flyleaf “Printed verbatim from the…

Rediscover Church

Rediscover Church

Our church, primarily through our small groups, recently read through a book by Thom Rainer entitled “I Am A Church Member” which talked about the benefits and responsibilities of belonging to a local body of Christians.  It covered six primary subjects: I Will Be A Functioning Church Member I Will Be A Unifying Church Member…

Light Shining Out of Darkness

Light Shining Out of Darkness

Even though William Cowper wrote these words in 18th century England, they still hold true today, in 21st century America, and will continue to hold true whenever and wherever people live. We need only look around us to see things we don’t understand, but know that God is working through them to His plan, and…

Family movies

We have been saving our old family movies in the basement for well over 40 years, moving them from basement to basement, from Michigan to Kansas to Pennsylvania to Illinois and back to Michigan, with more than one stop in many of those states.  We haven’t watched them in probably just under 40 years, so…

What is the Gospel?

What is the Gospel?

“…Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, … he was buried, … he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…” This is the Gospel, the good news that Paul preached. It is the wisdom of God, not of man, and is deemed foolishness by the world.

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