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Jul 15

Sing praises

PSALM 147:1-7 Praise the Lord.  How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!  The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel.  He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.  He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.  …

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Nov 29

Bow before Him

PHILIPPIANS 2:4-11          Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, …

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Aug 31


I have been writing for the Matsu Greatlander a year now; I enjoy it, and hope readers have found spiritual encouragement in each article. June’ 2014’s theme was ‘Going Coastal,’ I was on the path of researching some of Alaska’s coastal cities. Alaska has some of the most varied and beautiful coastline in the world, …

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Aug 20

Moving Mountains

MARK 11:22-26  “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in …

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Aug 01


As we reluctantly feel summer drawing to an end, another season begins, heralded by office supplies and clothing advertisements.  Back to School shopping has already begun; we greet its arrival with a mixture of anticipation and regret.  Returning students anticipate seeing friends again, wearing new clothes, comparing backpacks and notebook covers, and finding out who …

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Jul 01


Kids will find themselves something to do when left to their own devices; it’s better to plan summer adventures for them than risk them making a poor choice. I remember one summer when my son was in middle school he spent an inordinate amount of time laying on the living room floor, curtains closed, playing …

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May 01 2014

A Few Fish Facts

It’s common knowledge that both commercial and sport fishing are dominant factors in Alaska’s economy. Thirty years ago I worked for North Pacific Fishery Management Council, the federal agency tasked with managing fisheries within the 200 mile economic zone off the coast of Alaska, where I learned first-hand about the local, national and international importance …

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Apr 04

Apart from you I have no good thing

PSALM 16:1-2, 5-6 Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.  I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing…”  Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure.  The boundary lines have fallen for me in …

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Apr 01


Around this time of year my grandmother used to search the barren, snow covered trees for the first pussy willows, a sure sign Spring is almost here; once found, she would collect a few in a vase as if they were flowers.  Though she’s been gone over 20 years, I still think of her and …

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Mar 15

His Grace is Sufficient

II CORINTHIANS 12:7-10  To keep me from becoming conceited…there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of satan, to torment me.  Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  But He said to me ‘My grace is sufficient for you for My power is made perfect in …

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