12 Sep 2015


A few weeks ago my last living grandparent passed on from this earthly life. Ethelyn Ricks Branson took her final breath and is now at eternal peace. “Nana” was a beautiful woman. She loved jewelry and fine clothing. She always had her hair done perfectly, smelled like expensive perfume, and carried herself with poise and [...]

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6 Aug 2015

Laying It All Down0

Yesterday I had a conversation with a friend about laying down our burdens. The phraseology makes this sound effortless. It is the “Christian” thing to do. We are simply to lay our trials, our sins, our worries, and our fears at the Lord’s feet, then stand up in confidence and move on. The power of [...]

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9 Jul 2015

Emu or Llama?0

While riding in the country with me, my eight-year-old daughter believed she saw an emu in someone’s backyard. I said, “Are you sure it was an emu? I know people have pet llamas.” She matter-of-factly asked me the following questions:
“Does a llama have a blue head?” “No,” I confessed.
“Does a llama have feathers?” “No.”
“Does a [...]

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9 Jun 2015

There is No Gray0

Book One of the Psalms is a portion of Scripture that compares the life of the righteous and the way of the wicked. It is clear that the one who will choose to serve God will be blessed, and the one who denies Him will suffer ruin. This is a black-and-white reality, leaving no gray [...]

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18 May 2015

There Is No Rival0

In the first chapter of Colossians, Paul powerfully proclaims Christ’s preeminence. He will have first place in everything. There is no one and no thing that can rival Him. He is Lord over all, sovereign and magnificent in His rule and authority. Nothing will thwart His plans. I know this to be true. I believe [...]

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