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John Ed and Sieu Tang praying together.

Good News

Posted on April 22

GOOD NEWS There is a lot of bad news about COVID-19. There are also good news stories of how people are using this time for something good. Here are a few of those! Cavanaugh Bell is a first-grader in Maryland. He heard about the coronavirus, and he started thinking about what he could do. He had $600 in savings, so he asked his mom to go shopping with him. At the store, he bought cartloads of hand sanitizer, snacks,... more »

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Two of John Ed's grandons, who have learned about coping well.

COPING-20 with COVID-19

Posted on April 15

COPING-20 WITH COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic caught us all by surprise. It has interrupted our normal lifestyles. Six weeks ago, I was preparing to speak at several churches, a coaches conference, a pastors’ conference, and I was planning to celebrate the graduation exercises of 2 of my grandsons. All of that has changed. How do you deal with a pandemic? We all do something to cope with it. We must be careful about how we choose to cope because our... more »

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Uncertainty reigns, but we should all Stay Home, Stay Safe (four words spelled out with Scrabble tiles).

Uncertainty

Posted on April 8

UNCERTAINTY Uncertainty – that’s one of the things causing havoc in our world today. The stock market is going up and down, and experts say it’s because of uncertainty. We don’t know how long businesses should be shut down because of uncertainty. Students don’t know when school will resume because of – uncertainty. Churches don’t know when we can resume in-person worship because of – uncertainty. We don’t know when the “curve will be flattened” and the containment of... more »

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Fog over mountains.

Living in the Fog

Posted on April 1

LIVING IN THE FOG During this time of self-induced or mandated quarantine, we are looking for ways to spend our time. Many people are telling me that they have more time to worry. And they are worrying more! Worry can be debilitating. It’s like walking on a treadmill – you expend a lot of energy, but you never go anywhere. Worry never eliminates tomorrow of its sorrows – it only zaps today of its strength. The great philosopher Linus said,... more »

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Woman praying.

An Old and a New Vaccine

Posted on March 25

AN OLD AND A NEW VACCINE Worry and anxiety are two of the biggest emotions we face at this point in history. For the past eight years, prior to the COVID-19 crisis, Google search rates for anxiety have more than doubled every year. The YouVersion Bible app has over 415 million users. The most popular Bible verse searched is Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything…”   Jesus addresses this issue in Matthew 6:25-34. While we are working... more »

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CDC illustration of a coronavirus, like COVID-19.

COVID-19

Posted on March 18

COVID-19 The world has changed drastically in the last two weeks. The coronavirus, COVID-19, has affected everything. The economy, tourism, business, church services, stock market, sporting events – the list goes on and on. March Madness is now March Sadness! My 401K is now a 201K and approaching a 101K! How do we live in such a day as this? While the world has changed, many things haven’t changed. Here are four things that haven’t changed that can help us address... more »

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A vegetable garden in a greenhouse.

Two Gardens

Posted on March 11

TWO GARDENS It’s that time of year when people start to plant gardens. Gardens don’t just happen. I once tried to plant a garden, but it was not a successful endeavor. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I did learn some lessons that I can share. Our minds are like a garden. Solomon wrote, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7) It’s disastrous if the garden in our minds is not successful. We have to... more »

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A honeybee perches on a yellow flower.

Be A Bee

Posted on March 4

BE A BEE What is the most important living being on the planet? I was surprised to discover that the Earthwatch Institute concluded in the last debate of the Royal Geographical Society of London that the most important living beings on the planet are bees. Here are three reasons why the bees have been selected, and they have a great lesson to teach human beings. We need to be like a bee! Studies reveal that bees are the... more »

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Google sign on top of a building, set against a blue sky.

Why Wins Over When

Posted on February 26

WHY WINS OVER WHEN Google recently unveiled its new “quantum machine” which scientists have been working on since the 1980s. It’s amazing! Cade Metz reports in the New York Times that it needs less than 3 ½ minutes to perform calculations that would take a traditional computer 10,000 years! Wow! This new machine uses the properties of particle-level physics to boost it to exponentially exceed the speed of conventional computers. I don’t have room here to explain to you... more »

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Landschaft mit der Anbetung des goldenen Kalbes by Claude Lorrain

What Kind of Music Are You Making?

Posted on February 19

WHAT KIND OF MUSIC ARE YOU MAKING? At a critical point in the history of Israel, the children of Israel came to the base of Mount Sinai. God told Moses to take Joshua and go up to the top of the mountain. They left Aaron and Hur in charge of the people. Moses and Joshua were obedient. After six days and nights, God led them to the top of the mountain. Moses remained there for... more »

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