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Dana’s journal entries.

PREPARING TO ENGAGE THE WORLD THROUGH FASTING

Isaiah 58 Before you listen to this sermon, I highly recommend reading Isaiah 58. In that passage of scripture, God, through the prophet Isaiah lets His people know what He thinks about their practice of fasting. The next discipline we … Continue reading

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PREPARING TO ENGAGE THE WORLD THROUGH MEDITATION

Matthew 12:43-45 In this sermon, we will be looking at the spiritual discipline of meditation. Eastern meditation seeks to empty one’s mind and center one’s life on one’s self. On the other hand, Christian meditation seeks to fill one’s mind … Continue reading

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“SING AND BE HAPPY”

John 16:16-22 In John 16:22, Jesus said to His disciples, “…but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice and no one will take your joy away from you.” He didn’t present this as a suggestion but as … Continue reading

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RESPONDING TO THE SNARKY

About a month ago I heard one of our young people say to someone, “You don’t have to be so snarky.” Having never heard that word used before I asked her what it meant. She said that it meant rude … Continue reading

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“YOU GIVE THEM BOOKS AND THEY EAT THE PAGES”

Throughout God’s story, He has been doing everything He can to teach His people on how to be in a right relationship with Him as well as with each other. But as we have seen throughout The Story, no matter … Continue reading

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BONUS DAYS

Four weeks ago my day started out like any other day with things to do, places to go, and people to see. Everything going as it always does. It was a beautiful day so I decided to take the motorcycle … Continue reading

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WAITING ON THE LORD

Psalm 37:1-9 We have become an impatient people.  We want what we want when we want it!  We live in a world with a fast food mentality even in our relationship with God.  We would like a drive through window … Continue reading

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Tumblin’ Down Walls

As I was reading the account of the taking of Jericho in chapter seven of The Story, my first thought was, I wonder what these people were thinking. Let’s face it, quietly marching around a city once a day for … Continue reading

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THE GOOD OLD DAYS

No less than six times, in chapter 6 of The Story, the people longed for the “good old days”. It is always interesting to see how we cling to the familiar and comfortable no matter how damaging and unhealthy it … Continue reading

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When We say, “I Do”

  Two people meet; there is an attraction; that attraction moves them to want to get to know that person better. As they get to know one another, their feelings and desires grow to the point that they can’t imagine … Continue reading

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THE NEXT RIGHT THING

  Have you ever suffered for doing the right thing? Or maybe you just felt that life was unfair. In chapter three of The Story, Joseph was sold into slavery because his brothers hated him for being their father’s favorite … Continue reading

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WHEN GOD CALLS

Has your phone ever rung and after checking the caller ID you decided not to answer. Maybe you were on another call or were busy doing something else. Or maybe you knew that the person was going to ask you … Continue reading

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WHAT WAS GOD THINKING?

Have you ever asked yourself, “What was God thinking?”  I mean, really, He goes through all the effort of creation, doing it all for you and me and we respond by constantly making choices that disappoint Him.   In chapter … Continue reading

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THE STORY BEGINS

Over the years people have told me that they have attempted to read through the Bible but didn’t get very far.  They start in Genesis, can follow the story into Exodus, but interest wanes as they start reading through “The … Continue reading

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God and Me on a Harley, the Epilogue

I left Belle Fourche late on the morning of the 21st because of storms.  My original plan was to head north on highway 85 to I-94 and stay the night in Bismarck, ND but changed my route to stay under … Continue reading

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JOY IN ACTION

Philippians 2:12-18 As Paul continues on in his letter about joy, he wants Christians to know that the joy they have should be manifested in their lives. They should “appear as lights in the world”.  Like the old Sunday school … Continue reading

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God and Me on a Harley June 20th

Yesterday started out a little sad as I sent Linda off on the shuttle to catch  her flight home.  But things picked up for me as the day went along.  My drive from Denver, through Wyoming and in to South … Continue reading

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God and Me on a Harley June 18th

Linda and I are now in Monument, CO visiting with friends.  We have seen some extremely awesome country as we have gone on our way.  I told Linda that if I ever do something like this again I am going … Continue reading

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God and Me on a Harley June 12th

Well it has been six days since my last post.  In case you are wondering what happened with the problems I was having with the bike, it turned out to be a bad starter switch and bad plugs.  Everything is … Continue reading

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God and Me on a Harley June 6th

As I had indicated before, I have been reading the words of Jesus in the gospels.  I initially thought I would be reading through them rather quickly but instead, it seems that I wind up dwelling on passages for some … Continue reading

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God and Me on a Harley June 4

I had a great couple of days in the Globe/Miami area.  I was able to reconnect with a lot of old (referring to how long I’ve known them; not necessarily referring to their age) and dear friends.  I worshiped with … Continue reading

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God and Me on a Harley June 1st

My travel day was the best ever. No rain!  The ride was everything I had hoped every day would be like.  Great conditions with God’s wonderful creation all around me.  Met some nice people along the way and made it … Continue reading

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God and Me on a Harley

The First Three Days I was planning on blogging everyday of my trip but just like everything else in life nothing ever seems to go the way you think it should.  I had a last minute doctor’s appointment on Tuesday … Continue reading

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THE WAY TO GOD

THE WAY TO GOD What does it take to have a good relationship?  In our relationships, have they been easy, do we feel secure in them, are they growing or have they become stagnant?  We can look back at past … Continue reading

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“His Hands are Bigger”

         In the 20th century, many years ago, a farmer and his wife looked for their daughter after loading supplies on the wagon.  She had remained inside the general store, she was gazing through the glass into the colorful selection … Continue reading

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Heaven

    Heaven A minister announced that the topic of his sermon would be “Heaven”.  He received a letter from an old man who was very ill.  The letter, a beautiful expression of faith, read in part: “Next Sunday you are … Continue reading

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God’s Accuracy – The Facts

This is awesome!  How great is our God!!! Our Creator and Redeemer… and do we THINK about it ???  God’s accuracy may even be observed in the hatching of eggs.   For example: The eggs of the potato bug hatch in … Continue reading

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   “Elephants in the Church” A circus parade was moving gaily through the streets of Milan, Italy.  Suddenly one of the elephants veered from the line and marched into a church building.  This visitor wandered up the center aisle, trumpeted … Continue reading

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Maintaining Our Focus In Daily Living

  The inspired writer was concerned about the welfare of his readers.  He wrote, “We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away”  (Hebrews 2:1),  He was concerned that they … Continue reading

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A Friend Of a Friend

Billy lived in East Texas.  He was a common man who had one claim to fame:  he was a boyhood friend of Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys. Since their friendship had endured all through the years, Jerry … Continue reading

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The Way

“The Way” This past Sunday was the first sermon in a series titled, “The Way.”  Throughout the New Testament we hear about the Way.  Jesus said in Matthew 7: 13-14, that there is a wide way that leads to destruction … Continue reading

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Welcome! God Loves You and so do We!

Welcome to the                                            ServiceTimes                                                             … Continue reading

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