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Lord, Let Your Light Shine!

Even a casual Christian glance at the state of our world today can cause despair. I find myself asking, along with King David, “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Psalm 11:3 (NIV)

You can tell by my title where this is headed. The Psalmist answers his own question soon enough:

For with you is the fountain of life, in your light we see light.

Psalm 36:9 (NIV)

This particular verse brings to mind the story of Christ meeting a Samaritan women at the town well. She thinks he needs a drink, but He offers her the bottomless fountain of eternal life.

Then there’s Zacchaeus, a hated tax collector who has lots of money and possessions but is missing the light of God in his life. Everything changes when Jesus invites Himself over to the despised man’s house.

My point is, God’s light can transform anyone and anything before we can blink. Few people wanted a relationship with the two folks mentioned above, but Jesus did.

Kind reader, is there someone in your life whom you fear is beyond redemption? Perhaps they are not. Please join me in prayer: 🙏 Lord, let Your light shine!❤️

Our Heavenly Father brightens lives, too! Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.


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Christian Blog Perseverance

Getting Things Done with God

The church where our little congregation meets was built in 1935. Now, to my friends in the UK, where there are churches and castles centuries old, 87 years isn’t all that much.😊

As you can see, the exterior of the church is getting a face lift. Over eight decades of south-central USA weather have taken their toll, especially on the original stained glass windows and roof. Things had gotten so bad, every time it rained, you could literally see the building disintegrating.

Many of us thought this renovation would never happen. Five years ago, we were told the estimated cost of the work was $1,000,000. And more damage has happened since then. A little background info: our church is a chapel on a US Army post; yearly budgets for religious support operations are routinely cut.

Further complicating things, every few years the post gets a new CG (Commanding General) and a new Installation Chaplain–a colonel who is over all the chapels and chaplains. Understandably, each of these leaders has their own opinion about how and where money should be spent.

Fast forward to our current CG and current Installation Chaplain. Last year, these two teamed up and found the money to fix the chapel. Praise God!

Come let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.

Nehemiah 2:17b (NIV)

Parallels between our deteriorating church building and the story of Nehemiah are plentiful. Here was a guy who shared God’s heart to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem. So, he committed 100% to the goal and got the people to join him. There were obstacles and opposition along the way but Nehemiah, and the folks of Jerusalem, kept moving forward with their God-sized project.

So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height.

Nehemiah 4:6 (NIV)

Kind reader, is there a God-sized opportunity in your life that is half-way-there? Then commit, or recommit yourself to accomplish the work–with God’s help. While you’re at it, inspire others to come along side. You’ll both be glad you did!

So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days.

Nehemiah 6:15 (NIV)

I’m not sure how long our building restoration will take, but at some point we will have our beautiful chapel back–good as new. And all this happened because two guys and God set their hearts to make it so!

I close with a quote from the highest ranking CG ever:

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Jesus-Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV)

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.

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Christian Blog Christian Living

Playing “Pop Up”

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The other day I had a class-and-a-half of kindergartners in my music room. That’s approximately three dozen six year olds.

As I’ve stated here before, working with young children is like herding cats. And this particular day was no exception.

I started off the lesson with something engaging. But it happened anyway–a little thing I call “Pop Up.” My enthralling introduction to loud and soft music was repeatedly interrupted by children coming to tell me things.

“Mr. Duncan, I need to go potty. It’s a “mergency.

“I have a cut on my finger,” says Callie, showing me a scratch on her pinky.

Yes, to the emergency bathroom visit. No, to the band-aid request.

“Mr Duncan, Kathlyn said my shirt’s on backwards.” A quick look says Kathlyn’s right.

“Boys and girls, we’re not getting up now,” I say with a grimace.

I turn around to start a video but my “teacher sense” tells me there’s, yet another, little guy “On my six.” That’s aviator talk for someone’s right behind me.

Sure enough, I feel a tap-tap-tap on my lower back. It’s Timmy, smiling. “Mr. Duncan, do you need a hug?” Now I’m smiling. “Sure, Timmy.”


Life also does this little thing called “Pop Up.” And, like dandelions in the front yard, it can happen overnight–one unwanted reality after another.

But then you sense there’s someone “On your six.” It’s God, smiling. “Child, do you need a hug?”

The Lord appeared to us in the past. He said, “I have loved you with a love that lasts forever. I have kept on loving you with a kindness that never fails.”

Jeremiah 31:3 (NIRV)

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️