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Present Tense Living

Present Tense Living


By Pastor Johnny R. Almond


The man won’t rest until he has followed through on this. He will settle it today.

Ruth 3:18 NLT


I am—I…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on May 31, 2017 at 10:34am — No Comments

The Sweetness of Friendship

The first call came when I was out of the country. It was a request for prayer. I promised not only to pray but make a visit as soon as I returned home. The second call came in less than a week - from his sister – one year ago this past week. Unfortunately, my promised visit would be to conduct his funeral. When I was fourteen years old my pastor-father changed churches and I was not happy - leaving my friends, changing schools, changing churches, etc. I dutifully went to Sunday School on…


Added by Dan R. Crawford on May 30, 2017 at 10:11am — 1 Comment

Lifetime Commitment

Lifetime Commitment


By Pastor Johnny R. Almond


Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back.

I will go wherever you go and live wherever you live.



Added by Johnny R. Almond on May 22, 2017 at 11:10am — No Comments

The 4 "I's" in My I-Deal Life

Someone asked me an important question when I told them I was going on a sabbatical to seek direction for my life. Looking me in the eyes with great earnestness, they said, “What makes you happy, Jim? That’s what you should be doing.”

My reply probably surprised them, for many people would have cited romance or worldwide travels as their expected source of happiness.

“The thing that makes me the happiest is to have an impact on others,” I said without hesitation. “And the more…


Added by Jim Buchan on May 20, 2017 at 12:10am — No Comments

Navigating Life's Dead Ends

I love the GPS on my phone. How did we ever get anywhere without electronic navigation to point the way for us?

However, my GPS has sometimes led me astray. More than once, I’ve found myself at a dead end, even after carefully following the GPS instructions.

Life is like that. Sometimes the journey goes smoothly, but at other times we find ourselves at a dead end we never envisioned.

There are various kinds of dead ends in life. Relationships or jobs may end.…


Added by Jim Buchan on May 18, 2017 at 4:45am — No Comments

Idoltary and Irritability

Idolatry and Irritability


By Pastor Johnny R. Almond


He replied, “You took the gods I made, and my priest, and went away.

What else do I have? How can you say,…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on May 16, 2017 at 10:18am — No Comments

Breaking a Most Difficult Addiction

Just one week into my much-needed sabbatical, one thing is abundantly clear: I find it extremely hard to fully relax without feeling guilty and unproductive. As an addict to the world of deadlines and to-do lists, “productivity detox” is a difficult and painful process.

Perhaps you’re a performance addict too. But you’ll never know for sure until you take time to break free from your dependence on activities and accomplishments—the “drugs” that enable you to feel good about…


Added by Jim Buchan on May 14, 2017 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Avoiding Overdrawn Relationship Accounts

Many decades ago, I discovered the reality of Jesus’ teaching that it’s more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). So I became a giver, and I’ve received many blessings as a result.

But, as with most truths, there’s another side to this principle: Healthy relationships are reciprocal. When one person in the relationship does all the giving and the other does all the taking, the bond inevitably becomes twisted and toxic.

Sadly, I’ve been rather slow in…


Added by Jim Buchan on May 12, 2017 at 5:58pm — No Comments

Olympic Faith


Olympic Faith


By Pastor Johnny R. Almond


Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me again.

O God, please strengthen me one more time...”…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on May 8, 2017 at 11:16am — No Comments

The Great Adventure...or the Great Yawn?

Recently I’ve been reflecting on the stunning passage of Scripture where Jesus tells some fishermen in Galilee, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). Captivated by this teacher and miracle-worker—later revealed as the Son of God—these men “immediately left their nets and followed Him.”

Think of how radical their response was. Without protesting or asking questions, they each left their livelihood in order to pursue an uncertain future as a…


Added by Jim Buchan on May 3, 2017 at 10:39pm — No Comments

Caging the Lion


Caging the Lion


By Pastor Johnny R. Almond


At that moment the Spirit of the LORD powerfully took control of him,

and he ripped the lion’s jaws apart with his bare…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on May 2, 2017 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Can a person's lifestyle condemn them?

Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:18-19 ESV)…


Added by Dwight Hurych on May 1, 2017 at 12:23pm — No Comments

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