Posts from 2023

Posts from 2023

Christmas Characters: Angels

Christmas Characters: Angels By Bryan Crotts When you read the Bible cover to cover, certain verses stand out and grab your attention. I have several throughout my Bible that I’ve marked. These passages seem to have a brighter bulb than the ones around them. One of these bright lights is in 1 Peter 1, where Jesus’ disciple spends the opening of his letter to scattered…

Christmas Characters: Zechariah & Elizabeth

Christmas Characters: Zechariah & Elizabeth By Bryan Crotts I wonder what Zechariah and Elizabeth’s neighbors thought of them? Was their house tidy? Did she plant seasonal flowers in the front porch pots? Did Zechariah get the trash out to the street on time? Did they get up their leaves before…

Christmas Characters: Mary & Joseph

Christmas Characters: Mary & Joseph By Bryan Crotts We had several manger scenes in our childhood home. An olive wood set from a trip to Bethlehem was a favorite. Another, from the annual crafts fair in Greensboro, was made of scrap wood and painted to represent the nativity. Different ones of us in the family would rearrange the characters to suit what we thought the…

Characters of Christmas: Prophets

Characters of Christmas: Prophets By Bryan Crotts I wonder if you can tell the whole story of the Bible in a few sentences? Impossible! After all, the Protestant Bible contains sixty-six books, 1,189 chapters, 31,202 verses and contains many types of literature (history, poetry, law, etc.) and would be a massive piece of literature to summarize succinctly. It can be done!…

A Different Thanksgiving Story

A Different Thanksgiving Story By Bryan Crotts Most of us are familiar with the story of the Pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower from England to the New World. Perhaps you’ve visited Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts, the place where many believe the survivors of the voyage stepped from vessel to land. I suppose you’ve read in the history books of the first Thanksgiving or…

Encourage Your Pastor

Encourage Your Pastor By Bryan Crotts Do you remember the Timex watch advertisements from the 1980s? Perhaps mentioning the wristwatch taped to a sumo wrestler’s belly rings a bell? After a rough round in the ring, the referee removes the watch and shows the t.v. audience that it still works! Then, the unforgettable slogan: “Timex watches. It takes a licking and keeps on…

Tending Our Gardens

Tending Our GardensGenesis 1:28By Bryan Crotts Yard work and gardening can be very rewarding. Colorful flowers, straight lines in the lawn, perfect mulch, ripe tomatoes on a sandwich, squash and zucchini in your summer pasta dish, and so on. It can also be very frustrating. Drought, weeds, storms, and pests can ruin your reward. But such is our lot in life! This side of…
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