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Christian Living thankfulness

Warming Up to Thanks

Despite recent renovations to our almost 90 year old church building, there was no heat for worship service yesterday morning. The temperature outside was 23 degrees Fahrenheit.

It wasn’t that big of a deal; everyone simply kept their coats on. Except for one brother from Northern Germany who was comfortable in his short sleeves. 😀🏝

Our pianist played an introduction to the first hymn, like always, but when the organist came in something sounded off. Apparently, our non electronic pipe organ doesn’t like the cold, because it sounded like a street corner accordion! Hearing a properly tuned piano and an out-of-tune organ playing together grates on the nerves.🙃

Thankfully, sometime during the third hymn, the old organ began to warm up and sound right. It and the piano agreed to play in the same key.🙂

Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.

Psalm 107:31

I want to give thanks to the Lord. It’s a good idea. Agreed. But there’s a problem: my “thanker” is a little cold. I’m saying the right words but something sounds off.

Yet, the more I “Count my blessings,” as the old hymn says, I warm up to what God has done. Next thing you know I’m playing in perfect tune with heaven’s harmony!

Kind reader, as a wise mentor of mine says, “We learn by doing.” So let’s keep counting our blessings.

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.

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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. 🙏❤️


NASA GOES-13 Full Disk view of Earth Captured August 17, 2010 by NASA Goddard Photo and Video is licensed under CC-BY 2.0

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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. 🙏❤️