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No Other Love

Throughout my early school years, my diary highlights always included what happened on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. Amazing entries consisted of how many I received and did the right boy send one. His name could have been Buzzy, Ernest, Sam, David, Tom, Dick or Harry. Who was THE one for that day? My mother agreed lots of boyfriends were better than just one at those times in my life. I think the perfect description was “puppy love.” ... (Read the entire article HERE)


His Name is Wonderful

Hugging my young son, Ben, was always a joy. Now that he is a grown man, I don't remember every hug, of course, but one special one I will never forget. It happened on the first school day in January. In his class they were to bring a favorite Christmas gift for show-and-tell so they could tell why it was special. Ben was leaving the house with nothing to share and I asked why.

That dear little six year old boy dropped his head and said it was because he didn't get anything he wanted for Christmas. I knelt beside him and almost cried. However, we hugged and I expressed my sorrow that we had not chosen gifts that made him very happy. In the days to come we went shopping and he chose a favorite toy that he had wished for. ... (Read the entire article HERE)


The Old Rugged Cross Lights the Way

The cross at Lake Junaluska has a beautiful history that is treasured. It was to be only a summer blessing when it was dedicated on July 10, 1922.

But the Southern Railway employees had a special request. Could it be lighted each night throughout the whole year because of the inspiration it gave to them as they traveled through this area. Their request was granted and the rest is history. Thousands have been blessed because of its presence each day and especially each night when the lights come on. (Read the entire article HERE)


‘I Surrender All’ — a message for Pentecost

When we left the closing worship service at a church retreat, my friend seemed different.  Her smiling face had changed to a blank expression.  She kept repeating, “I can’t do it, I can’t do it.”
I understood how she felt because the closing hymn had been, “I Surrender All.”  Finally she shared with me, “I should tell the Lord, I am happy to sing that but I really don’t mean it.”

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‘‘Easter People, Raise Your Voices’ in joy

Do we have a problem with Easter?  Yes, we do if we see it only as a one-day celebration. When the preparations are over and the worship service is only a memory, is there more? Yes, of course, there is much more for the Christian who is once again assured that the Friday Crucifixion of our Lord Jesus resulted in His being raised from the dead on that glorious Resurrection day. We not only shout, “He is risen, He is risen, indeed.” We live that gospel truth out in our everyday lives. ...

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‘Were You There?’

When I was a child, our family had a housekeeper.  Lurline Argo was a blessing to my life.  Before I knew there was racial prejudice, I loved this woman, whose skin was much darker than mine.  She loved me, too, and was one of the foundations of my childhood.

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"I'd Rather Have Jesus"

Cheers and tears of joy came from a crowd of almost two million on January 20, 2009 in front of the White House in Washington, DC. It was Inauguration Day and there was a change of leadership in America.

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Sweet and Powerful Moments of Prayer

Before I left church Sunday, my friend Linda asked if she could come to my house later that day and talk with me about prayer. Since she was a very busy person, I was glad for the opportunity to listen to her and share what I had learned about that all important subject.

I knew that for some Christians, prayer comes easily. It depends on one's relationship with Jesus since childhood. Heartfelt prayers can be a natural part of growing in the faith. For others, their life of prayer needs to have a definite beginning.

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Come Ye Thankful People, Come

When Henry Alford was only sixteen years old, he wrote a statement of faith in the front of his Bible: "I do this day, in the presence of God and my own soul, renew my covenant with God and solemnly determine henceforth to become His, and to do His work as far as in me lies."

Alford was born in London, England, on Oct. 7, 1810.  He was nurtured by Christian parents and greatly influenced by a grandfather and father who were Anglican clergyman. Their example guided him into a personal commitment to Jesus Christ.

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Our Resolutions vs. "O God our Help in Ages Past"

What's up with your New Year's Resolutions? Several weeks into the New Year and I am already a little sluggish with some of mine. But  I regain my determination with one of the greatest hymns of prayer ever written:

"O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come.
Our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home."

When a "stormy blast" comes, I will always rely on God's presence and promises, not on a New Year's resolution. Then, I find my strength as He guides me through every new year.

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Tell Me the Story of Jesus

Summer days or school days, nothing to do, boring day, all were thoughts of my early years. In spite of much fun stuff, I began many pages in my fourth grade diary with the title, "Boring Day."

My school friend of many years ago agrees. "Yes, those were my feelings too", Sally remembered. "It was all slightly boring." Then we often discuss our years of teaching and laugh when we wonder if we too had students who shared our same thoughts about their studies.

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"Love & Christmas: A Perfect Match"

The breezes were cold but our hearts were warm. When our choir went from door to door singing our favorite Christmas carols, we threw in a golden oldie that is not often sung. But the universal subject of LOVE is what Christmas is all about...

"Love came down at Christmas. Love all lovely, Love divine.
Love was born at Christmas, a star and angels gave the sign."

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"O Little Town of Bethlehem"

It seems strange, but singing the same Christmas carols year after year is delightful. "O Little Town of Bethlehem" is one of them. It never ceases to be meaningful as I picture the many visual images in the words. I accept its beauty with joy in my heart and the simple beat of its music. (Read the entire article HERE)


"Bless This House"

Home and Thanksgiving day are a priceless combination! The smells of turkey roasting, yeast rolls rising and all the fancy dishes touch the heartstrings. My children especially like the crystal dish filled with cranberry sauce, spiced peaches and olives. We even have a tradition that's strange but fun. Those who love to eat whole spiced peaches try to be the first one to drop the seed into the plate, hoping it will make a funny  sound... "ker-plunk"! (Read the entire article HERE)


"Reformation Day: A Mighty Fortress is Our God"

Try reading the book of Acts in the Bible and not getting excited about the growth of the early church. The disciples heard and obeyed the risen Christ when he commanded, "go into all the world and preach the gospel." (Matthew 28:19)... (Read the entire article HERE)


"Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus"

When I was a little girl I was my dad's favorite date to baseball games. Since no one else in our family wanted to go I felt very special. I loved  the smell of popcorn and the sounds of the balls hitting the bat. But I had a secret that I tried to keep to myself... (Read the entire article HERE)


"As Olympics End, Never Too Late To Pray"

The world has been looking toward China as we watched some of the greatest athletic events since the Athens games four years ago. The 2008 games ended Sunday, but let us continue to pray for all of those who were involved as athletes, coaches, or spectators. The prayer team at Long's Chapel United Methodist Church set aside a Day of Prayer for China and the Olympics when it began on August 8. .... ... (Read the entire article HERE)


"It Seemed Impossible, but... To God be the Glory"

The hot August afternoon did not discourage the football teams. Sweating, running, tackling was all part of the game. It was almost over and the Loretta High School Mustangs were winning. Then disaster struck. The star player, Van Johnson, was down! He was young, but he weighed 215 pounds and it was all muscle and daring. Mustang fans moaned, "Why won't Van get up? We can't win the game without him."

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"Precious Lord, Take My Hand"

Each time I leave our beautiful church I remember two Sundays when disaster was just around the corner. The first experience involved our daughters' family who was there for a visit. One of their children disappeared. Yes, he was lost, but in a short while, he was found and our joy overflowed into thankfulness. After that experience, I wrote a letter to our newspaper:

"There is a wonderful man in our town and we want to thank him for finding our lost grandson. Last Sunday after church  three year old Tevin wandered away from us...

.... ... (Read the entire article HERE)


"Thousands of Tongues Still Sing"

The merry month of May is merrier for me this year. Two great events of  significance have occurred and the memories will last forever. One of them was Mothers' Day, that special Sunday when children express love to their mothers.
 
My four adult children have always remembered to send me flowers or cards and to make phone calls. But this year it had greater meaning than ever. It began on Saturday morning. As usual, I received a telephone call from a florist. They said they were ready to make a delivery to my house and needed directions. My excitement grew...

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"Christ the Lord is Risen Today"

Slowly we walked back home from the Easter sunrise service. We looked forward to this annual event on the lawn of the church where my husband was minister. This year the beauty was too lovely to leave.

The glorious day of resurrection of our Lord Jesus began on a chilly, cloudy morning, but eventually sunshine had spread it's rays across the sky. We praised God for His creation and for the joy of resurrection.

.... ... (Read the entire article HERE)


"O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go"

I awoke crying, quickly reaching out to touch my sweet husband, Woody, as he lay beside me, peacefully sleeping.

But in my dream - or nightmare - he was the man who walked into our home after a brief absence and quietly began taking pictures off the wall. He casually remarked,"These have always been my favorites, you can keep the others. I won't be coming back again."

.... ... (Read the entire article HERE)


"His Eye is on the Sparrow"

Ever wonder why our Lord chose such a common little bird to illustrate such a profound truth? Everyone and everything God created is significant. So when Jesus was teaching He questioned the listeners, "Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God's sight" (Luke 12:6).

My friend Richard, a former inmate who has been released from prison, learned this truth the hard way (see thesparrowministries.org). For several years I wrote words of encouragement to him. After becoming a Christian, he wanted to grow in the faith but there were obstacles. One of the most difficult is printed below

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"His Name is Wonderful"

"His Name is Wonderful"

Hugging my young son, Ben, was always a joy. Now that he is a grown man, I don't remember every hug, of course, but one special one I will never forget. It happened on the first school day in January. In his class they were to bring a favorite Christmas gift for show-and-tell so they could tell why it was special. Ben was leaving the house with nothing to share and I asked why.

.... ... (Read the entire article HERE)


"Now Thank We All Our God"

Each Thanksgiving our family laughs about the sermon that turned us into a few muffled gigglers. It happened years ago, when our children were young and we were visiting at the community Thanksgiving church service.

The preacher kept repeating his favorite phrase: "This worship service is for more than Thanksgiving -- it is for thanksLIVING." The children continued to get tickled as he increased his volume each time he stressed the word, LIVING.

.... ... (Read the entire article HERE)


"More Love to Thee"

A little green book with ragged edges entitled Stepping Heavenward has a prominent place on my bookshelf. The author is Elizabeth Prentiss. The book was published in 1869 and sold more than 200,000 copies in America.

But its age and its popularity are not the reasons it is special to me. On the inside front cover a young boy wrote his name when he was twelve years old. That signature was written so long ago it has almost faded away. That boy was my father.

.... ... (Read the entire article HERE)


"She May Not Know Me - But I Know Her"

For several months sweet old Mr. Sam went to the Nursing Home each morning at 9:00. One stormy day the nurse who cared for his wife, wondered if he would come out in this awful weather. But he arrived exactly at the same time ready for his special visit. Nurse Susan commented on his faithfulness to his wife who did not even recognize him anymore. Mr. Sam smiled and replied, "She may not know who I am, but I know who she is."

With those words of love, he entered the same room, and sat in the same chair and took the same cherished and wrinkled hand he had held for almost 60 years.

.... ... (Read the entire article HERE)


Since the 1950's, a cartoon known as "Peanuts" has brought laughter and joyful wisdom to millions of readers in newspapers across the world. In the beginning, Charlie Brown was the only character. Soon the cartoonist, Charles Schulz began to add other little people to the cartoon. I always chuckled at the conversations that Charlie Brown and Lucy had. One such cartoon pictures them sitting together in a chair watching television as the announcer says, "All is right with the world."

Charlie turns to Lucy to ask what that means. Her smug reply is, "All is right with the world when Lucy's here!"

.... ... (Read the entire article HERE)


Classes had been slightly boring this Friday at school, and I was ready for a long weekend. The books in my arms were heavy so I hurried home. As I plopped them into a chair, my Bible fell to the floor. I picked it up to place it on top of the stack of textbooks. Before I set it down, I lamented over the bad grade I had made in my Bible class the day before. It was a sad surprise, but all of my studies were taking second place these days.

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It is simple to spell l-o-v-e, not always so simple to experience it. But just as a baby wrapped in the arms of a loving parent is fed even if he is not drinking milk, so God's love can flow through the loving arms of a mom or dad, and give that baby strength for a lifetime.

With each new stage of growth there is that same basic need for love that fills the heart and soul of every child. After talking with a judge of a family court, one statement in our discussion has stayed with me.

.... ... (Read the entire article HERE)


What's up with your New Year's Resolutions? Several weeks into the New Year and I am already a little sluggish with some of mine. But I regain my determination with one of the greatest hymns of prayer ever written:

"O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come.
Our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home."

When a "stormy blast" comes.... ... (Read the entire article HERE)


It seemed to be a regular night in Bethlehem over two thousand years ago. Shepherds on the hillsides were caring for their sheep. I imagine it was dark and dreary, because they were astounded when angels appeared with a message: "Do not be afraid, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be for all people." Even more exciting were the words: "For there is born to you this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2: 10-11). ... (Read the entire article HERE)


It seems strange, but singing the same Christmas carols year after year is delightful. "O Little Town of Bethlehem" is one of them. It never ceases to be meaningful as I picture the many visual images in the words. I accept its beauty with joy in my heart and the simple beat of its music. ... (Read the entire article HERE)
Walking slowly from the church, we lifted our candles high into the darkness of the night. What a beautiful sight to behold. Those little lights were a symbol of the true message of Christmas as they glowed from our church lawn. God sent the Light of the world to us thousands of years ago. So we sang with gusto, "Go Tell It On The Mountain." ... (Read the entire article HERE)
Since the early days of America, there have been many gifted people, of all races, who are a part of the greatness of our country. During Black History Month in February, the media focuses on the many contributions made by African-American leaders.

But why was this not always an important part of American History classes? ... (Read the entire article HERE)




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