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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...

 

Listen for God this holiday season

Sometimes we look at the things that happen in life as merely coincidences. But are they? The preacher Rick Warren wrote: "Is there such a thing as coincidence? The way you answer that question will...

 

Counting my blessings this Thanksgiving

I am so grateful this Thanksgiving season. Many times we have blessings in our lives and we just consider them “givens.” “Given” to me has meant ordinary things, everyday things that most of...

 

God's grace comes in second chances

When I think about blessings this thanksgiving season, I realize God’s goodness and grace toward me is more than I deserve. I am most grateful for God’s grace, it given freely by God to me,...

 

Consider Bible's not-so-well-known

I often think about well-known Bible characters that are meaningful to me. My list would include people like Moses, Joseph, Hannah, Esther and Paul. These characters are well documented in the Bible...

 

Climb out of rut and follow God

At times I seem to get in a rut with everyday responsibilities. During those times, it feels like I am going nowhere and doing nothing. I think it happens at times to everyone. The truth is that God...

 

Looking back over year's journey

Wednesday marked one year since our son John Scott went home to be with the Lord. The anticipation of this milestone has weighed heavily on our hearts and minds the whole month of October. Yet, there...

 

Even the poorest no strangers to God

I have had a reader request I write about the following experience again. It has been 35 years ago but I can still recall the man who used to roam the streets of Clovis. Our children named him the...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    October 6, 2017

Relationship with God the one that matters

I visited with my cousin this past week and one of the things we talked about was our kinship to Mark Twain. According to written family records and oral family history, all my first cousins, aunts...

 

Jesus sacrificed as scapegoat for us all

I read an interesting example this past week and the author was discussing politics. His point was that the government was the scapegoat for all the problems we have in society today. In other words,...

 

Faith must be the engine of obedience

What is the difference in these two terms: “Pharisee” and “publican?” In New Testament times, a Pharisee was one who was a Jew and who firmly, harshly and even unbendingly held to the...

 

God knows what lies in the vast darkness

Last week I was going through some magazines and pulled out an issue of the “Smithsonian.” It was an April 2013 edition and as I flipped through the pages, I read an article on the vastness of...

 

Build your life on Christ - a firm foundation

We all build our lives on something. The issue revolves around this question: Is that “something” what you would risk your eternity on? Let me explain with an experience from my childhood. In...

 

Hold on to hope even in tragedy

This past week has been devastating for many families and the city of Clovis. Many have asked “why” due to this week’s tragic event. If you have questioned “why,” you are not alone. Even Kin...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    August 25, 2017

Musing on significance of Christ's cross

What is the significance of the cross of Jesus Christ? Why is there so much emphasis on the cross of Christ?” Even the secular world recognizes the figure of a cross, even though to many the cross...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    August 18, 2017

We are living letters of Christian life

With the start of a new school year, I’m reminded of the women in my family — a family of teachers and so many memories. One such memory reflects on my sister Susie’s teaching career. For many...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    August 11, 2017

Lord's work not always comfortable

David Platt is one of my favorite authors. He wrote “Taking Back Your Faith From the Great American Dream.” In that book he wrote: “I could not help but think that somewhere along the way we...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    August 4, 2017

Take time to be still and know God

Every night before we go to bed, we take the dog outside. That’s the time that sounds of the night are different. There is a certain distinct harmony during the nighttime that I do not hear during...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    July 28, 2017

Take stock of the clutter of your own soul

My favorite show on television is “Fixer Upper” with Chip and Joanna Gaines. I am somewhat “hooked” on watching that show. To see an old house transformed into a beautiful and inviting,...

 

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