WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896
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O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. - 1 Chronicles 16:8 (NRSV) As a public-utility worker for many years, I went out on service calls — often … more
Give to those who ask, and don’t refuse those who wish to borrow from you. - Matthew 5:42 (CEB) One day as I was leaving the grocery store, a man recognized me from my teaching days. He … more
If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. - Mark 9:43 (NIV) There are over 60 languages spoken in my neighborhood, making it one of the most diverse communities in the world. But the beauty of … more
Carry each other’s burdens. - Galatians 6:2 (CEB) I have never understood why people suffer or prayers seem to go unanswered, and I probably never will. I do, however, find comfort in knowing … more
“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” - Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) I have been … more
Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.” - Acts 10:34-35 (NIV) … more
My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD. - Isaiah 55:8 (NRSV) I tend to be a slow learner, and I also tend to think that I know what’s best. As a teenager, … more
Jesus replied [to Andrew and Philip], “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many … more
Paul wrote, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. - 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NIV) One … more
[Jesus] said to [his disciples], “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.” - Luke 11:2 (NRSV) My daughter Alexis is an active three-year-old who loves to … more
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. - Psalm 32:8 (NIV) I received a degree in education in 2014. After graduation, I packed my … more
We are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. - 2 Corinthians 2:15 (NIV) I used to work at a local mission. Some of my most vivid memories … more
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. - Isaiah 26:3 (NIV) A few months ago I flew in a small plane. As the plane moved down the runway and began … more
The LORD said, “My word . . . that goeth forth out of my mouth . . . shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please.” - Isaiah 55:11 (KJV) My friend Robin was … more
You are not your own; you were bought at a price. - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV) The wind was brisk as we stood huddled and cold on the town steps one evening in April. We were thankful we had … more
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. - Philippians 4:13 (KJV) For many months, my six children and I were homeless and living in our rundown car. We got most of our food out of … more
Jesus stood still and called them, saying, “What do you want me to do for you?” - Matthew 20:32 (NRSV) When I’m at a social gathering and someone discovers I’m a pastor, the … more
Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. - 1 Corinthians 9:24 (NRSV) As a former college football player, I … more
The psalmist wrote, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.” - Psalm 28:7 (NIV) The letter from my friend overseas was painful to read. Her … more
God said, “Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” - Genesis … more
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