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 By Judy Brandon    Voices    May 25, 2018 

Sometimes connections need personal touch

Years ago, people would visit for hours or write long letters to one another in order to fill in distant family members on family news. Family reunions were packed with much visiting time so all famil...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    May 18, 2018

No need to wait for new, improved God

At times I am amused at the commercials on television, especially those advertising a new improved product. For instance, new washing machine soap has 30 percent more cleaning power. A new window...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    May 11, 2018

Mother left a legacy of faith

My sweet mother is in heaven with her Savior, my daddy, our John Scott and my mother’s mother who died when my mother was just 6 years old. She is also with countless family members, friends and the...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    May 4, 2018

Thankful for parents' model of faith

King David wrote: “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalm 119: 105) I know that is true because my parents modeled that for me during my childhood. Church was a huge part of...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    April 27, 2018

Jesus source of strength and comfort

Memories of my childhood days and Sunday nights in the old church at 8th and Hinkle are still vivid in my mind. It could be a daunting place at night after Sunday night services and all were gone. On...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    April 20, 2018

Collateral damage of sin is devastating

Collateral damage is a general term for deaths, injuries, or other damage inflicted on unintended targets. Sometimes we speak of civilian causalities of a military operation and those are viewed as...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    April 13, 2018

Fill your life with the spirit of God

Jesus, who knows us better than we even know ourselves, warned His hearers about obstructions or sin in one’s heart. He said: “What comes from your heart is what makes you unclean. Out of your...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    April 6, 2018

Supreme refuge can be found in God, Christ

Anyone who has lived in eastern New Mexico and west Texas for any time knows that storms can appear in minutes from nowhere. Such was the case one January night many years ago when a snow storm of...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    March 30, 2018

Easter's message is one of hope

Easter eggs … Easter bunnies … Easter baskets … Easter bonnets … We are inundated with Easter phrases this time every year. With spring comes a sense of renewed hope and joyfulness and a consc...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    March 23, 2018

Real Christianity more than quoting scripture

What is authentic Christianity? Pastor Steven Furtick wrote: “Audacious faith is the raw material that authentic Christianity is made of. It's the stuff that triggers ordinarily level-headed people...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    March 16, 2018

God molds us as a glassblower molds glass

One of the highlights of my childhood was our family's trip to Niagara Falls. On a winding road in Missouri on our route to New York State, Daddy noticed an advertisement for a glassblower's shop. He...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    March 9, 2018

Facing road of life with God

One of my favorite scriptures in the Bible is Proverbs 3:6. The wise man wrote: “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Paths indicate roads to travel which...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    March 2, 2018

God ready to bestow favor on anyone

Sometimes Joseph is called the most Christ like character of the Old Testament. But at one time, Joseph’s young life appeared to be in shambles. How did this happen? Joseph worked as a shepherd...

 

We can be joyful in any circumstance

Susie, my sister, was recently visiting a patient at a major medical center. As she turned the corner in the hospital hall, she came directly in contact with a young girl, her mother, and another who...

 

We don't have to be ideal

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor, theologian and anti-Nazi dissident was imprisoned for his faith and later hanged in the Flossenbürg concentration camp in Germany. But while in prison, he...

 

God protects us in many ways

The belief in God’s protection is something that is often heard in everyday conversations. We speak of about God’s protection when we think about tragedies such as car accidents or terroristic...

 

Lasting happiness follows contentment

Are we a happy people? Some studies indicate that less than half of all Americans consider themselves happy. A Harris Poll was taken in 2017 and only 33 percent of the Americans surveyed said they wer...

 

Put your efforts toward what's worthwhile

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist, historian and short story writer said: “We always pay dearly for chasing after what is cheap.” Nowhere are these words truer than when thinking about the...

 

Keeping my mind on the message

Isn’t it funny how childhood memories seem to linger through the years? One such memory is mine. It was no significant day, just another Sunday at church. The only thing that made it memorable was...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    January 5, 2018

God has clear vision of what's ahead

Do you face the New Year with apprehension? By that I mean, do thoughts come into your mind like: What will change for me this year? What difficulties and even losses will my family face? Will I be...

 

Let us be vessels for God's love in 2018

What are your declarations for the new year? Many people call them resolutions, but I say that in each of our minds, many of us will declare that we are going to do things differently for the new...

 

We have gifts we can give Christ this Christmas

This week I have been contemplating on the Christmas story and especially the three wise men and their offerings of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Christ child in Bethlehem. Most artists’...

 

Everything we really need comes from God

Not long ago, I was looking through some old papers of my daddy’s and I found a sermon named, “What do you need this Christmas?” It seems to me that Daddy’s question still stands for all of...

 

Peace and purpose in being still

In 2002, Tim Kasser and Kennon Sheldon (2002) conducted a study called, “What Makes for a Merry Christmas?” These two researchers wanted to examine the types of activities and experiences that...

 

Litany of prophecies fulfilled by Jesus' birth

Some folks are skeptical that Jesus is the Son of God. Some folks refuse to believe the Messiah was Jesus Christ. I was reminded of this again last week as I listened to a debate on a newscast about...

 

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