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Christian Living evangelism

Please Read if You’re From Earth

A few weeks ago I shared in a post, Kid Shoes, how I love to joke with young children at my school. It’s fun, for instance, to ask four-year- olds if I can try on their shoes. The look on little faces, as they consider this request, is priceless.

However, if I ask an eight-year-old the same caliber of question, I’ll likely get a more definitive answer. Case in point: a third grader came to school the other day carrying his completed science project–a plaster model of planet earth. I admired his handiwork, and then quipped, “I live there!” Without missing a beat, he said, “Everyone does.”

The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;

Psalm 24:1 (NIV)

If this world, together with everything and everyone on it, belongs to God we should act like it. This is not a plea for committed Christians to become “tree hugging” earth worshipers. It’s more about the person to our right and left. Are we behaving like we live on the same planet?

Kind reader, the human residents on this blue speck in space are bent toward sin and self absorption. But the gospel itself reveals a loving creator with a different agenda–a God willing to sacrifice Himself to save us.

🎶”He gave His life. What more could he give? O, how He loves you and me!”🎶

Kurt Kaiser

And who needs to know this?

Everyone does.

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️


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amswered prayer Christian Living

Unless the Lord Builds the House

Back in early July, I shared a post about our historic church receiving a makeover. Getting Things Done with God told the tale of our 80- something-year-old building which was in dire need of repairs, but the price tag seemed impossible.

Enter God, who excels at doing the undoable. The miraculous renovation is complete! A few readers asked me to post an update when the work was accomplished. So, here’s the before and after:

🎶”Isn’t she lovely? Isn’t she beau-ti-ful?” 🎶

Our little chapel got a new slate roof, beautiful cooper trim, resealed stain glass windows, and…

Custom solid wood doors! Yes, that’s a bicycle lock on the handle. They’re so new they don’t have dead bolts yet.

Unless the Lord builds the house, it’s builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.

Psalm 127:1

Here’s an original worship song to celebrate the occasion. Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️

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Christian Blog Humility

Kid Shoes

The pre-k and kindergarten students (at school) are my favorites. These little guys are such literal thinkers; and whatever they’re thinking is right on the surface. They also say the most amazing things!

One of my favorite pass times is to joke and laugh with my young friends. I playfully test their powers of inductive reasoning, which are still developing.

Me, to a four-year-old: “I love your shoes! May I borrow them sometime?” (I say this while putting my size 11 foot next to theirs).

I can see their “wheels turning” as they try to process my request. Most of them can’t quite come to the conclusion that I’m joking, but every now and then a little one does.

You would have to become a kid, Mr. Duncan!

Chad, four years old.

There’s a similar story, in three of the Gospels, when the disciples come to Jesus with a question: “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He calls a little child over and has him stand in their midst.

I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus, Matthew 18:3-4 (NIV)

Kind reader, if we want to follow Jesus–all the way to heaven–we’re gonna need some “kid shoes.” Are we humble enough to be big enough for the kingdom of God? I’m asking myself, too.

He must become greater; I must become less.

John the Baptist, John 3:30 (NIV)

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.


*I always fess up and tell the kids I’m joking about borrowing their shoes.

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