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 By Judy Brandon    Voices    August 3, 2018

Possessions won't determine spiritual fortune

Billy Sunday started out as an American athlete, playing outfield in the National League in the 1880’s. He went on to become the most well-known and leading American evangelist in the first two...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    July 27, 2018

God greater than any life-changing event

Corrie Ten Boom, the Holocaust survivor that proclaimed her profound faith in God, said: “If you look at the world, you'll be distressed. If you look within, you'll be depressed. If you look at God...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    July 20, 2018

Like sunflowers, humans need the Son to thrive

What happens when we lose our focus? If we lose our focus on our jobs, we become less productive. If we lose our focus on our family, we see relationships deteriorate. When we lose our focus on...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    July 13, 2018

Giving generously is a privilege

This last week I was reading an article in Psychology Today about giving. The name of the article was “Well Being and Giving” by Steve Taylor. This is what the writer wrote: “If anything, it...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    July 6, 2018

God's mercy deep and unfathomable

At times I think I am so used to the phrase “mercy of God,” I don’t stop to think about the true scope, capacity and extension of that beautiful phrase. The mercy of God I still don’t...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    June 29, 2018

Forget the trivial - live with joy

Last week, a quote by D.L. Moody, the old preacher, popped up on daily quotes on my cell phone. Moody said: “The Lord gives his people perpetual joy when they walk in obedience to him.” Some...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    June 22, 2018

Keep it real by following Jesus' teachings

During one of Billy Graham’s meetings in England many years ago, his wife Ruth Graham had joined him. On that particular day, the local dignitaries had arranged for a luncheon and many of the...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    June 15, 2018

Children should be treated with love, respect

I have told this story before, but I think it warrants a rerun. I was in the grocery store one day several years ago and my heart was sad as I observed a mother and father shopping with their three ch...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    June 8, 2018

Biblical experiences can mirror our own

It was over 35 years ago next week that I was terrified we had lost Buffy. She was only five years old at the time and I still can remember the horror and hopelessness I felt when we lost her at Six F...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    June 1, 2018

Sermon on the Mount timeless, timely

One of the most beautiful portions of Scripture in the Bible is the sermon that Jesus delivered sitting on the side of a mountain near Capernaum. Thus it is called the Sermon on the Mount. That...

 
 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...

 

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