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For Rent

For Rent

There's a "For Rent" sign in front of a house near my home. It's for rent because the young mother who lived there with her husband and two young children committed suicide recently. Her family has moved out and put the house up for rent.  •  2 min

Lessons on Leadership

Lessons on Leadership

With some much attention focused on the new administration in Washington, I think it would be a good time to draw a few lessons on leadership from the Word.  •  2 min

Iron Love

Iron Love

She's ironed my shirts now for twenty years. It's not a big thing, but each time I go to my closet and see them neatly pressed and hung in a row I remember the early years.  •  1 min

The Christmas Cook

The Christmas Cook

This is my 50th Christmas without my father. I thought of him recently while I browned some meatballs for a spaghetti sauce we were cooking up for guests over the holidays.  •  1 min

Love's Goodbye

Love's Goodbye

In my job as a minister I have watched many people die. As awful as this sounds, there is a sameness to the process that, with time...  •  4 min

Take a Breath

Take a Breath

I met an unpleasant man the other day. We didn't speak, only shook hands but his body language and the manner of his grip told me that he wasn't interested in speaking or knowing me...  •  2 min

Preacher Count

Preacher Count

It has long been held that preachers can't count. I suppose it's because they usually overestimate the size of attendance or count the unborn babies as present.  •  2 min

The Virtual God

The Virtual God

Time magazine recently had a section devoted to the newest computer products. As I leafed through the latest gadgets and gizmos, I realized that the world and its technology was getting beyond my grasp.  •  2 min

Secret Love

Secret Love

Have you ever noticed that God places a premium on secret acts of love?  •  1 min

Ali's Final Weigh-In

Ali's Final Weigh-In

Recently, ex-boxing champ Muhammad Ali died, and the media is filled with praise for both his athletic accomplishments, which are richly deserved, and his "social activism."  •  1 min

Surviving the Opposition's Candidate

Surviving the Opposition's Candidate

According to the pundits, the possible presidency of either candidate would be the final step in the destruction of this nation. This election has so polarized the American people that each side views the other as the agent of the apocalypse should the other's candidate ascend to the top position in the land...  •  2 min

Powerball Fever

Powerball Fever

The applied math site DurangoBill.com explains what the recent changes in Powerball lottery rulings meant for the "players" who buy tickets...  •  2 min

7 Lessons from a 7 Day Cold

7 Lessons from a 7 Day Cold

I have happily recovered from a nasty cold that never seemed to end. The experience led me to think about some very basic things that even the common cold can teach us.  •  2 min

Reward and Punishment

Reward and Punishment

When I was in Junior High my English teacher taught our class how to write a "precis". A precis is a shortened version of an essay or article that maintains the meaning of the original piece of writing.  •  3 min

Christian is a Christian

Christian is a Christian

Four Questions to Ask Before Baptizing a Child

I recently baptized our eldest grandson, Christian. He is nine years old and because of his age I had some hesitation before going ahead with his baptism.  •  4 min

The Celebrity Pope

The Celebrity Pope

Pope Francis has good teeth. I noticed this about him in a picture connected with his recent visit to the U.S. This is as it should be for one who strives to be the new face of the Catholic church witnessed by the carefully choreographed Papal appearances in New York and other cities recently.  •  2 min

Top Ten Things that Kill Church Growth

Top Ten Things that Kill Church Growth

In this lesson we examine 10 things that hinder church growth.  •  6 min

How Important is 1 Vote?

How Important is 1 Vote?

Sometimes when we listen to the news and they talk about the number of people there are in the world and the magnitude of the problems, we feel rather insignificant.  •  3 min

Why Wait For Eternal Life

Why Wait For Eternal Life

Jesus said, "And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou has sent," (John 17:3).  •  2 min

Where Does Sunday School Come From?

Where Does Sunday School Come From?

From 1702-1801 the population of England doubled. As more people moved to the cities to find work, the traditional ties to church and community were severed.  •  1 min

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Bill Schlarb, Bruce Veinot
for the Ottawa West Church of Christ

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