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Preserved by Purpose – Show and Tell Christians

I remember show and tell assignments in school being those sometimes boring presentations covering what we did over summer, what we wanted to be when we grew up or our favorite food.   One thing was clear, the less you had to show, the more telling you did.   If all you had to show for a summer vacation was a picture ... Read More »

Preserved by Purpose: Living Off the Wall

Even though it happened a few years ago, I still remember the scene as if it happened yesterday:     “RJ!   You’ve got to get off that wall!” encouraged my mother and father to my 11 year old nephew as he nervously made his way around the skating rink by himself.    He was doing his best to navigate the fast paced Saturday ... Read More »


For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, eagerness’ for lustful pleasure, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these things come from within; they are what defile you and make you unacceptable to God. Mark 7: 22-23, NLT “I don’t know what to say,” one family member said in ... Read More »

Preserved – Living above See Level

A few years ago, I had one of my most challenging   experiences with my natural vision.    What started out as a normal day for me ended with me having a splitting headache and blurred vision.  I thought I might have my contact lenses in the wrong eyes so I switched them.  But my vision seemed to get worse so I ... Read More »

The Door

Jesus said, “I am the door. By me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.    John 10:9, KJV  My daughter wanted to invite her new friend over for a visit to our home. After learning about the background of my daughter’s friend, my immediate reaction was to keep the ... Read More »

Preserved – Hearts after God’s Heart

As Christians, it is important to have a heart that seeks after God’s heart.  Seeking God’s heart is not based on exterior behavior but interior actions.    Seeking God’s heart is  easier if you had a relationship with him and are able to recognize his voice.   In addition, spending time with God through personal prayer time puts you into a position ... Read More »

Preserved by Purpose: Unrestrained: The Angry Christian

Like many of you, lately I’ve watched in disbelief as politicians have angrily responded to criticism, police officers have displayed explosive moments of deadly rage and citizens have asserted their first amendment rights of free speech to curse and offend others.  Marvin Gaye a few decades ago said that all the trouble in the world made him want to holler ... Read More »

Preserved by Purpose:   Weed Control  

“My mind is my garden. My thoughts are my seeds. My harvest will be either flowers or weeds.”   One  reason why I liked this well-known quote  is because I’d been thinking lately about the impact of  words that I’d spoken to others as well as words that had been spoken to me.   In some cases the words had led to ... Read More »

The Struggle

So My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.”  (Isaiah 55:11) Have you never heard or understood?  Don’t you know that the Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth?  He never grows faint or ... Read More »

Preserved by Purpose – There’s an APP for that!

Last week, I had a conversation with a friend about how someone she knew brags about using an app instead of going to church.   In fact, this person stated that they preferred to use Twitter and Instagram because of their convenience of being able to read or watch an inspirational message at any time.  Since she was an active churchgoer, ... Read More »