Author Archives: Deacon Rick

About Deacon Rick

I am a retired Deacon in Lakeland Florida.

Same question, different answers

There are two Proverbs that have always puzzled me. Either one — alone — would be fine. But they come back to back in the midst of a string of pithy observations about fools. Nothing in the assorted zingers seems to … Continue reading

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J.R.

J. R. Anderson was a motorcycle cop in Miami. His home there was destroyed by Hurricane Andrew. So he and his wife, Becky, returned to his hometown of Lakeland. I first got to know them when they took a hand … Continue reading

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Weakness as a gift

 II Corinthians 12:9.  But he said to me, “… my power is made perfect in weakness.” This word from God to Paul has been rattling around my head for several days. I had questions. Wasn’t God’s power already perfect? One … Continue reading

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The next-to-last supper

I grew up in church and was very aware of Easter celebrations of Christ’s resurrection. But the days leading up to this (except for Jesus dying on the cross on Good Friday) were more of an unsorted blur. Last year … Continue reading

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Sunrise

I finished my assignment and sent in the files to Bible Reading Fellowship today. When I was archiving the new files on my computer, I saw the files I had sent in last year. I couldn’t remember what I had … Continue reading

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Being in the dark

Hebrews 11:13  All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. Today I wrote a short devotional about this Bible verse … Continue reading

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God’s intentions, Cain’s intentions, and mine

Genesis 4: 3 Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD.  4.  But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and … Continue reading

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