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Who is in your Band?

Last week we celebrated our nation’s independence. We spend time thinking of those who have served in the armed forces for our nation, and for our freedom. I hearing stories about the people and events that have taken place. There is a miniseries called Band of Brothers. It gives the account of the 101st Airborne-Easy Company during WWII. For the miniseries they interviewed members of Easy Company, and looked at journals and letters that were written. You saw their bravery,…

Lost & Found

Yesterday I had the kids’ diaper bag stocked, shoes on everyone’s feet, baby was already strapped in to her car seat, and we were heading out the door for a morning outing when I realized I was missing something – my van keys! I started my search and have continued searching now 2 days to no avail. It is a helpless feeling when something is lost. As I racked my brain trying to retrace my steps I felt so frustrated.…

You Are Your Father’s Son

I’ve seen a lot of videos recently of young kids imitating their parents or siblings. Not too long ago, I had some old family videos out, and there is one video of my son that is a great example of imitation. I used to coach basketball so my family was at about every high school game. My 3 year old son loved to watch the high school players in every aspect. On this video we were at home, and we…

A Father’s Sin

By Sean E. Ewing & Ashley A. Michaelson Recently I was talking with my daughter Ashley as she was visiting with the grandkids when the conversation as it frequently does turned to spiritual things and what God has been teaching us in our lives. I asked her if she would be willing to write down some thoughts about how my sin as her father has impacted her. I’m hoping that the things we have experienced will be both a warning…

Lead On, Good Shepard

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with…

The Small Stuff

I’ve heard the expression, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” I get what the people mean when they say it, like the little things that can drive you crazy when you dwell on them. But, if your like me a lot of times those little things grow into big things, and when that happens we say to ourselves, “I should have taken care of this when it was a smaller problem.” A couple of weeks ago I was talking to my…

Lessons from Children & Grown Ups

but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven. And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” I have 3 children that I love very much. At the time I’m writing this their ages are 3, 2, and 10 weeks. Today is Sunday and it seems to be a well known fact that Sundays…

My True Identity

Inadequate was my self perception for a long time. As I look back over my life, I can come up with many instances that I felt this way. Good, but not good enough echoed in my mind. When I was a kid I had these feelings in little league, then varsity basketball and track, and swing choir. Then as I got older I get it in college and my job. Then also as a husband and father. I could go…

Unshakeable Faith

What do you do with Jesus? Throughout Jesus’ earthly ministry there were those who responded in saving belief and those who turned away in unbelief. I read in my quiet time and it began with glimpses of the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus taught these using parables, or stories, to illustrate profound truths. Those who believed in Jesus as their Messiah, their Rescuer, understood the meaning and those who did not believe in Him closed their hearts off to the truth and the…

Continuously Amazed

Hannah had circumstances that lasted for years. She was not able to have children, and was being ridiculed because of it. Hannah was depressed, it affected her physically, mentally, emotionally. Her response was prayer. In she said, “I have been praying here out of my anguish and grief.” She honestly prayed to God. In she found encouragement from a priest named Eli. In Hannah responded, “‘May your servant find favor in your eyes.’ Then she went her way and ate…

No or Know.

In there was a group of wicked men from the tribe of Benjamin that raped and killed a woman. gives the account of the response of the Israelites. The result of the heinous crimes were devastating. The Israelites and Benjamites went to war with each other, and many were slaughtered. The end of sums up the time period. , “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.” Reading through these last few chapters, it is…