The Wisdom of the 100 Aker Wood (Proverbs 27:17)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain. 

Proverbs 27:17

Recently my lovely wife and I took our grandsons to see the Disney movie Christopher Robin at our local theatre. It brought back wonderful memories of the original Disney Winne the Pooh and how the movie and the books helped me through difficult times as a child. C. S. Lewis said, “When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.” Continue reading

What is Christian Love? (1 John 3:16-18)

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1 John 3:16-18

“From whence comes love?” asked the nineteenth century Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. If love comes from inside a person, can we find it? Can we go deeper and deeper into his interior and find it somewhere there? Kierkegaard would answer, “no,” because the beginning of human love is God’s love. It is like looking at a stream. Though you may see the stream, you cannot see its source. Though the stream may flow or dry up, the source may remain full. So, it is with God’s love. We cannot fully behold its source, but we can see its outflow. Continue reading

CHOP, CHOP! (Galatians 6:2)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain. 

Galatians 6:2

“Chop Chop!, Chop Chop!,” the crowd of 500-600 people yelled as we all did The Wave in support of contestant Doug. It was the 67th Annual Woodsmen Show at Cherry Springs, PA near the end of 4 hours of competition. Professional Woodsmen from all over the country and continent had chopped, sawed, used cross cut saws, thrown axes, and used chain saws made from motorcycle and snowmobile engines, up to the final event, Tree Felling. Three men would each compete on their own tree in a timed event to see who could chop it down with an axe the fastest. Continue reading

Lily Pads and Love (1 John 3:11-15)

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1 John 3:11-15

There once was a frog named Fred. More than anything else in the world, Fred enjoyed leaping on lily pads. Fred would take trips, trying to find the very best lily pads. One day, he came to what seemed to be the best pond he had ever seen. It was full of lily pads. What Fred did not know was that the pond was enchanted. Continue reading