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Parable of Foundational Maintenance

Two brothers worked to build identical houses for their families across the street from one another. They had a hand in all the construction. From preparing the land, to laying the foundation, to putting up the walls, putting the roof on, and building it out. Both houses were new, beautiful, and strong. The work of two diligent, careful, skilled craftsmen. Each brother had a son who inherited the home at their passing. The son who lived on the west side of the road had learned from his father about maintaining the house; in particular, the foundation. The son was careful not to plant trees too close to the home so that roots would not grow and break the foundation. The son inspected the f

People of Peace

“So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.” (Acts 9:31) What a beautiful truth expressed here to us of the growth of the first century church. There seems to be a direct connection to peace and increase. What a lofty goal for every church to strive for, but in the midst of a world of division; how can a church “enjoy” peace? Perhaps first, the church (each member of it) needs to consciously decide that they desire it. And all true disciples will choose peace because that’s what the Lord wants. “Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with

Parable of the Bonfire

Behold, two boy scout troops were in a competition to build a bonfire at Summer Camp. There was a one inch rope, seven feet off the ground, anchored by two timbers. The winner of the competition would be the first troop who could build a bonfire large enough to burn through the rope. The first boy scout troop knew that pine needles made fast high flames. They focused their efforts on gathering pine needles closest to the area for the fire. As the fire was lit it grew quickly; however, it extinguished quickly. The boys kept running as fast as they could for more pine needles. They gathered enough to get a flame as high as the rope, however, it wouldn’t stay lit long enough. As they con

Why Not Love God?

We can’t make others do what they don’t want to do. Sure there are evil forces of influence. In war, countries may use torture to “make someone talk”. At an asylum, they may give heavy doses of medication to “make one quiet”. And yes, one may have the physical power to make someone do something else. But what about making (forcing) someone to believe you, or respect you, or honor you, or even love you? It’s impossible; isn’t it? We’ve probably all been through the experience as teenagers where we naively wanted someone to fall in love with us. We may have prayed, or sent gifts, or tried to be what they would like, but no matter what we did; we couldn’t make them love us. Sometimes in

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