Category Archives: Faith

Weekly Verse – Political Mudslinging

These days I don’t think you can go 10 minutes without being subjected to a political ad.  They’re everywhere; on the radio, TV, internet, your mailbox.  It’s crazy the amount of money that’s being spent!

Just today we got four different pieces of political “junk” mail.  I couldn’t even tell you who/what party they were for as they went straight into the recycling bin.

Even more annoying than the amount of political ads is the negative tone most of them take.  It’s like a vicious, no-holds-barred, free-for-all.

I wish every politician would read 1 Peter 2:1 (NIV) before approving each commercial they run.

“Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.”

Campaign commercials would look and sound a lot different if politicians read those words and took them to heart.

What Bible verse do you think politicians should remember?

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Weekly Verse – Harvest Time

This past Spring one of the weekly verses I shared was for farmers as they planted their crops.  It seems like it was just a few weeks ago.

Harvest Combine

Well, Summer has come and gone.  The crops grew and now Fall harvest is underway!

Psalm 67:6 (NIV)

The land yields it’s harvest; God, our God, blesses us.

Harvest Combine and Wagon

I pray for the safety of the farmers.  I pray for a bountiful harvest.  I also pray for everyone who shares the roads with farmers and their machinery.

May we all be paying attention and may we all be patient when behind a slow moving vehicle.

What’s your favorite harvest memory?

Harvest Farm Field

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Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes

It’s that time again.  Time for the yearly mission project that our family loves to participate in.  I’m talking about packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Operation Christmas Child Logo

It’s a mission that I knew nothing about until our church promoted it some 15 years ago.

Here’s how it works.  You go shopping for small toys, gifts, toiletries, and hard candies to pack in a shoebox.  That shoe box then goes to a distribution center where a small book is added that shares the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Then they’re sent around the world to children in need.

The thing I think that has made this a favorite mission for our family, especially our kids, is that it’s easy to grasp the simplicity of it.  You’re selecting and packing gifts for a specific age group and gender.  You can just imagine the joy your shoebox will bring to a child.

We have our girls each do their own box.  They get to shop and pick the items that go in it.  In fact, we shop year round and stock up on items we know will make good gifts when we find them on on sale.

Several times when we’ve been out shopping people would overhear us talking about what we were doing and asked us more about it. Other times we have run into other families while they were shoebox shopping at the same time we were.  It’s fun to see what they like to pack in theirs.

We like to pay the shipping for the shoeboxes our family prepares online.  That way ours can be tracked and we’ll get an email letting us know where they end up.  In recent years ours have ended up in India and Zambia.

This is also one of the favorite missions for our church.  Last year our church as a whole packed 199 shoe boxes.  The goal this year is to top 200!  Our youth groups like to help at local shoebox drop off sites. They even went to work in the regional distribution center a few years ago.

If you’ve never packed a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child I would highly recommend doing it.

Do you pack shoeboxes?  Leave a comment with your tips and shoebox stories.

Know of a family that might enjoy getting involved?  Be sure and share this with them.

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