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Forgive them: An unforgiving spirit can destroy joy in your life

Thursday, April 4, 2013

I was thinking recently about my parents who are now both in heaven. The thought came to me about my years of growing up, and it suddenly dawned on me the many times they forgave me of my actions and even worse. They forgave me because they loved me.

What happened to good conduct?

Thursday, March 28, 2013

What has happened to the word “conduct?” I recall when I was a young man growing up, the word conduct was often mentioned in our home and school. It was instilled in me by my parents that I practice good conduct in my everyday life. It was unheard of to walk in front of a […]

The church is the house of God

Thursday, March 21, 2013

“How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of Hosts! Blessed are they that dwell in Thy house … I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” ­ Psalm 84:1-4, 10 How important is the church to you? Is it just a building or […]


Thursday, March 7, 2013

My friend, Jan, often quotes Psalm 118:24, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” How often do you quote that scripture and practice what is says? It’s a very good scripture and I hear people often quote it; however, it’s a scripture we must have […]

No Place like Home

Thursday, February 28, 2013

No Place Like Home A few weeks ago, Kenneth Vaughan stopped by my booth at the Hartville Market Place to say hello. During our conversation together about the weather and other things, we both agree that Ohio was still a great place to live. Kenneth said to me, “It does not matter where you go; […]

Help our veterans

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A while back on a Saturday morning, I was setting up for the Farm and Dairy news inside in the grill area of the Hartville Flea Market. There was a veteran with a table set up just a few tables down from me. He was collecting money to “Help Our Veterans.” As people walked by, […]

Life would be better if we’d all just say, ‘that’s a good thing!’

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Helen Keller once said, “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.”

Columnist thanks readers for their “thankfulness” responses

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Let every day of your life be a day of thanksgiving and praise to God. God is so good to us. He supplies all our needs.

Stay on the sunny side of life

Thursday, January 31, 2013

About the time I hear myself complaining about the price of gasoline, it is then that I realize it could be worse, and I change my attitude and make the best of it.

My New Year’s resolutions never last

Thursday, January 24, 2013

May I recommend a New Year’s resolution to you? If so, trust in God, and don’t break it!

Count your blessings. You’ll be surprised how wealthy you really are

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The next time you think you’re not very wealthy, don’t count your houses, lands, and money. Count your many blessings. You will be surprised just how wealthy you really are.

Think about it! What is wealth?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

WHAT IS WEALTH? When you stop and think about it, one of the highest goals of mankind today is to become wealthy. Have we allowed the desire to become wealthy crowd out our desire to serve God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength? “For what is a man profited if he shall […]

A Second View

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Dr. Hazlett shares some insight on clutter and how it’s not always a bad thing…

Don’t miss Christmas

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

In Matthew 2:7-15, we read of the man who was so wrapped up in himself that he missed Christmas. Take some time today and read this scripture. You will see how easy it is to miss the beauty and blessing of Christmas. We have been listening to Christmas music on our cable TV for more […]

Songs of the night

Thursday, December 27, 2012

One of the highlights of a worship service is the joy of singing the hymns of the church. I have always found joy, strength, encouragement and inspiration in singing the old hymns. My late wife, Myrna, was a very good church organist. Up until a few years ago, we always had a Hammond organ in […]

Giving is better than receiving

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Have we forgotten Acts 20:35, which says, “It’s more blessed to give than to receive”? As far back as I can remember, one of the memories I have of the Christmas season is the ringing of the bell of the Salvation Army. I have always appreciated the many dedicated people who are willing to take […]

Three words you should say every day

Thursday, December 13, 2012

I was looking at the dictionary awhile back and came to a conclusion. There are three words that I believe are vital in our relationships with those we love. I remember when I first heard those three words spoken to me. I really can’t tell you what age I was; however, I heard them many […]

Think about it– a new start

Thursday, December 6, 2012

A NEW START My good friend, who is now in heaven, said, “Don’t start with a stop” [Rev. Clayton Bailey, Evangelist Church of the Nazarene]. The election is over, the people have spoken. It’s time to move forward and do our best to work together and make our country the greatest country in the world. […]


Thursday, November 29, 2012

When we were children growing up, I remember well my mother on some occasions would say, “I need some quietness.” When we heard her say that, we all knew it was time to listen and quiet down. She said it and she meant every word she said. She always followed up by saying, “Enough is […]

Give thanks

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Recently, I have been paying closer attention during my conversations with others. I notice many people I talk to seldom mention their blessings. Most of their conversation revolves around problems and aches and pains. More recently, it has been pretty much about politics. Now that the election is over, maybe that will lessen to some […]


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