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“When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, act decisively, for then the LORD will have gone out ahead of you to strike down the army of the Philistines.” (II Samuel 5:24, CSB) For two mornings now, a strange noise has filled my home. It was loud, seemed to come from the roof, and sounded ominous, even a little frightening. Was it an expensive repair waiting to happen? Then, as suddenly as it started, it stopped. I breathed a sigh of relief. Maybe my house was not self-destructing after all. A little while later,…

“Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness.” (Ephesians 6:14, ESV) Spam. Scam. Fake. Fraud. If you are like me, you are irritated by those who prey on the unsuspecting and vulnerable, scheming to dupe or cheat them. I became so irritated at the number of spam phone calls I received that I finally activated a setting on my phone to screen out any callers not on my contact list. I do miss a few legitimate calls, but usually those who really need me just leave a message. Life became more…

“Forty years later, in the desert near Mount Sinai, an angel appeared to Moses in the flame of a burning bush” Life has a funny way of catching us off guard, and usually at the most inconvenient times. Have you ever noticed that God can work that way as well?  Moses probably thought that chapter of his life was over, after all, forty years had passed. But that is usually when God is up to something.. in the silent, quiet, “everything is going well”’seasons of life.   When I read this portion of scripture this thought instantly came to my…