Author Archives: Deacon Rick

About Deacon Rick

I am a retired Deacon in Lakeland Florida.

How to glorify God

There’s a command, an order, a specific task given to us on Earth that is repeated several times in the Bible. An example in the Old Testament: Psalm 29:2  Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name. In … Continue reading

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What?? is the holdup

A devotional writer returned my attention to the story of the lame man lowered on his bed through a hole in the roof when his friends carrying him to Jesus couldn’t find a way through the crowd of people mobbing … Continue reading

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Word of mouth

Why didn’t God wait to start this His new covenantal church era in a time when He would have the internet and decent advertising tools available to publicize it? Not that His slow-and-tiny way of starting didn’t seem to work … Continue reading

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Valentine Lent

This year, Lent begins on St. Valentine’s Day. One day is traditionally marked by giving gifts of love, the other by the less popular practice of giving up something “for your own good.” For several years Melanie and I made … Continue reading

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Metal detectors and violins

Recently I enjoyed listening to a conversation between two highly regarded Christian teachers, one a Protestant and one a Roman Catholic. They had been invited to share the stage in a symposium looking at the challenges of sharing the Christian … Continue reading

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Peter’s failure

John’s account of the prediction by Jesus of Peter’s denial included a strange additional line. “Where I am going, you can’t follow now, but you will follow afterwards.” (John 13:36) In the light of what happened in the next few … Continue reading

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Three questions at Gethsemane

St. Matthew reports three questions that Jesus posed that dark night in Gethsemane. The first was to Judas when he arrived with the mob sent by the chief priests and elders. Earlier English translations, like the King James version of … Continue reading

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