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The Price of the Vision

In my morning, personal devotions today, I read the thoughts of Oswald Chambers in a devotional entitled "The Price of the Vision."  I was struck first by the reference text he used: Isaiah 6:1, "In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord..."  After reading those words, I was puzzled.  Uzziah dies and then Isaiah saw the Lord?  One of the more unusual verses to begin a devotional.

Fireworks and Freedom

Sitting on a sand dune at the beach in South Haven, Gatorade in one hand, glow stick in the other, my family and I watched the 4th of July fireworks display.  For thirty minutes we were mesmerized by the awesome and reverberating sound of the shells exploding, revealing their colorful display.  Sitting there on the sand next to Lake Michigan, I couldn't help but be thankful.  This is America th

The Devil's Name

June 30, 1982, hockey fans in New Jersey were given the opportunity to vote for their new team name.  Some of the choices on the ballot were "Blades," as in the blades on the ice skates; "Meadowlanders," because they were going to play in the "meadowlands"; or the Americans, a name not only patriotic, but also historic as their had once been a "New York American" hockey team in the 30's and 40'

Running From the Law

I read a story this week about a manhunt that started because of a crime, but became an effort to save the criminal's life.

PPAC Camp Meeting

The first Adventist Camp Meeting was held in June, 1842, in East Kingston, New Hampshire, and it is estimated that as many as 10,000 people attended at some time during the week-long session. Originally, the Millerites had planned just three camp meeting events during the summer of 1842, but when they saw the success of the East Kingston event they increased the number to 31!  In 1843 they held

No Reserves, No Retreats, No Regrets

I happened upon the story of William Borden (1887–1913) this week and was fascinated. Sure his story isn't completely unique, as others have made a similar sacrifice. But it is inspiring nonetheless.

Superstitions

I recently flew to Arkansas, and then traveled by car from there on down to Shreveport to work on a video documentary of the ARKLA Conference growth and accomplishments during the past four years.  But while boarding the plane in Grand Rapids to fly to Dallas and looking for my seat, 14A, I noticed something--there was no 13A.  In fact, there was no 13B or C either.  The number jumped from 12 t

My New Nickname

It seems vogue to have a good nickname.  Few are called by their real names.  Alan Alda once said, "Almost everybody that's well-known gets tagged with a nickname."  And most of the celebs have some kind of nickname:  Jennifer Lopez is JLo.  Robert Griffin III, the star quarterback for Baylor is RG3.  Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lion is Megatron.  And who (of those who are 30+) could forget "

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