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Medicine

by: Don Carmichael

05/23/2022

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Yes, there are times we all need medical attention.  Perhaps it’s due to a scratch or fall, either of which can happen in ways beyond our imaginations!  That’s all on the outside, and requires antiseptics and ointments and coverings, to help us heal from the inside out.  It could also be we need a medical procedure, which will require some of the same.  But how do we patch up our insides?  How do we heal and get back to ourselves again when we’re overwhelmed or worse, offe...
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What Do You See?

by: Don Carmichael

05/16/2022

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What we see is what we look at, plain and simple.  Like walking with your head not straight you don’t walk straight, or drive straight!  So what do you look at?  What do you see?Even at Disneyland we can see (if we’re looking) the evidences of creation, with the results of differing seeds. Jesus revealed, “Truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains by itself.  But if it dies, it produces much fruit.”  Aha.  That’s what we see!  Trees...
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Choices

by: Don Carmichael

05/09/2022

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We all have them, choices.  Actually, many times a day, and we make them as we may; often on our own, sometimes with a groan, others with excite!-ment.  But they are still choices.  Imagine if we were wise enough to bring God Himself as Creator, in all of His majesty and power into our confidence in making these choices. We’d be right all of the time!, if we were obedient to His commands and counsel. Imagine further, if He were to remind us ahead of time, before it’s time ...
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Spring Cleaning

by: Don Carmichael

05/02/2022

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What’s on your agenda for Spring?  There are so many things to do to open the windows and open the patio!  There’s dirt to move and plants to plant, shrubs to trim after their flowerings and mulch to spread.  Oh!  And grass to mow and trim.  And what about you after a Winter of snow and rain? What’s on your list?Spring cleaning also includes the gardens of our minds and hearts, cleaning away the cobwebs of our minds and souls, reigniting our spirits and enthusiasm for that...
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Spring Festival!

by: Don Carmichael

05/01/2022

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Thanks to all who supported and connected with us for this event!  Ah, community! May our Father in heaven be pleased.

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Why?

by: Don Carmichael

04/25/2022

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Don’t you just love that question?  I remember hearing “why” at bedtime.  I think it was a stall tactic, but nevertheless it was persistent.  Others will ask why because they don’t understand, from an inquisitive perspective.  Others still will ask in arrogant rebellion, as though all must revolve around them.Why, what, where, when. Lovingly, God dealt with one of His “why” prophets, who had asked, “Why do You force me to look at injustice? Why do You tolerate wrongdoing...
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Math

by: Don Carmichael

04/18/2022

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It was just the other day that I learned machinists use trigonometry daily in their work.  I had never thought about that, and how these specialists are the ones who in years gone by manufactured the parts that when put together produce the cars, planes, trains, boats, and so many other things we use.  My Dad was one of those machinists, and I still have a few of his math books, a major in this discipline called math — applied.The point is, we tend to think about adding in...
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Whoever

by: Don Carmichael

04/15/2022

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There was a valley between two mountains, with opposing armies on each mountain; one army’s champion shouting over to the other.  The threatened king reacted with this threefold offer:  “to enrich the man who kills him with great riches and will give him his daughter and make his father’s house free in Israel.”  Whoever.  This was a scene of desperation and fear for his nation.  He was willing to give up his own daughter to, whoever.  The volunteer killed the giant, and ye...
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Vulnerabilities

by: Don Carmichael

04/11/2022

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Alone, we are all vulnerable of something.  Even stumbling over our own selves!  But together there is an intertwining, a cross-feeding and nourishing and protection like a team that has locked their arms together.  Millions of trees were downed from the winds and storms across Europe from 1980 through 2015.  Many trees had been planted far enough from one another that their roots were not entangled, making them vulnerable to the winds.  But what about us?  How do we reduc...
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Perseverance

by: Don Carmichael

04/04/2022

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What do we do when it seems evil has the upper hand?  When good is being overcome by bad?  When bad creeps or even charges close to home?  Even when we fail where we are.  Persevere with good.When Moses of old was nearing the end of his time here, he blessed the new nation of Israel, reminding them of the challenges before them, saying, “The God of old is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.  He drives out the enemy before you.”  Persevere — with H...
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Reset

by: Don Carmichael

03/28/2022

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How many times do we reset?  It’s probably not the best question, but it’s certainly a starting point, no pun intended.  We reset our clocks twice a year, change our HVAC filters four times a year, ice water filters twice a year, car oil now once a year — all resets from restarts, and our budgets at least monthly.  Oh, and the power just went off, or a circuit needs to be — reset.  Who has been so protected that you never had to reset (reboot) your computer?!  But what abo...
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Imaging and Imagining

by: Don Carmichael

03/21/2022

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What an art! Being able to imagine and develop, more than just a copy and paste of images.  I’ve always admired someone being able to make something out of thin air, from an image in their imagination to reality, be it a painting or a new road carved out of earth. What do you see in your mind’s eye?  What are you envisioning?  Now look further, deeper.  You may remember the Angel of the LORD, Whom some would say to be the precursor of Jesus, came along side a scared young ...
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Update from Kenya

by: Don Carmichael

03/21/2022

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Pastor Sang passes along his latest news and appreciation for your continued prayer requests and support.  Pray with him here.

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Output

by: Don Carmichael

03/14/2022

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What are we producing?  I remember from a physics teacher that unless we actually move something from A to B, then there has been no work.  Something has to be produced to call it work, be it pen to paper or thoughts collected into a document or a score in a sports event or a speech transmitted or furniture moved.  Output.One resource management firm claimed their services would simplify your process; for when we overthink we cycle into complexity, not wise and to the poin...
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Hindsight

by: Don Carmichael

03/07/2022

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I confess.  I’ve never been to prison.  I’ve been horsewhipped but never beaten.  Neither have I experienced what Apostle Paul, the guy Jesus “knocked” off his horse, had experienced:  “Five times I received the forty lashes minus one from the Jews.  Three times I was beaten with rods.  Once I received a stoning.  Three times I was shipwrecked.  I have spent a night and a day in the open sea.  On frequent journeys, I faced dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers...
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living w/god: Baptismal speech

I am Desire and this is my son Enrique Gianluca. Today, I am here to share with you how God has changed my life.

For a long time, I wondered why, why things were not happening the way I wanted them to happen, after all, I was working hard, I was providing, I was strong, and I trusted myself.  As I looked for answers, I turned to the world, but the world was not providing answers.  I found myself blind, hopeless, and disoriented, and I lost all perspective. In my desperation, I turned to Christ, and I asked Him to come into my life and free me from this burden and guide me to live for him.

It was not until God heard my request that I received answers. The day that He knocked on my door and I opened my heart to Him was the day I understood I inflicted this pain on myself because, for a long time, I trusted myself instead of trusting Him, I relied on myself when I should rely on His promise. Jesus said on Matthew 11: 28-29 “Come upon Me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me. For I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul, and My yoke is easy, and my burden is light

When God came into my life, he offered me a new beginning, a new life, and I embraced it with open arms because for the very first time, I understood that I am not alone and I should not be afraid because everything is under His control, not mine, and so I trust Him, and today I declare Him as my savior, my refuge, and my strength.

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