WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896
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Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? - Hebrews 12:7 (NIV) Drinking soft drinks or juice in my young nephew’s … more
Paul wrote, “My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:19 (NIV) During my first backpacking trip, I wasn’t far into the trek up the … more
Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us. - Romans 5:3-5 (NRSV) It started with a twinge of pain in my leg, but … more
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. - Galatians 3:28 (NIV) At our farewell luncheon celebrating my first five … more
Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said: “Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?” - 2 Samuel 7:18 (NIV) I’m thankful for the … more
The Lord will keep you from all harm — he will watch over your life. - Psalm 121:7 (NIV) When I was young, I often ran away. I thought you had to actually run to run away, so off I would go. I … more
Now if we are children, then we are heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. - Romans 8:17 (NIV) Nearly … more
Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. - Matthew 6:34 (NIV) Once again, I felt paralyzed and completely helpless. As the darkness … more
Encourage one another and build each other up. - 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV) The swimming competition we were attending was crowded with preteen kids, including our two grandsons. Slade, the older of … more
If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. - 1 Corinthians 12:26 (NRSV) After having surgery on one of my big toes, I required a … more
Jesus said, “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me.” - John 5:30 (NRSV) After I received … more
Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her. - Luke 10:42 (NRSV) I remember having long talks with Melissa discussing the day’s activities, future plans, our goals, our … more
Jesus said, “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.” - John 15:8 (NRSV) On the island of Trinidad where I grew up, some of the agricultural crops … more
This slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure. - 2 Corinthians 4:17 (NRSV) When I was in high school, we had “hills day.” A group of us … more
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. - Matthew 5:4 (NRSV) In July 2012, my wife Joyce died suddenly within 48 hours after shepherding me back home to Oklahoma after emergency … more
The psalmist wrote, “Teach me to do what pleases you, because you are my God. Guide me by your good spirit into good land.” - Psalm 143:10 (CEB) Even though my husband and I have relocated 21 … more
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. - 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV) As a bird lover, I was delighted to see that the lake where my … more
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. - Mark 11:24 (NIV) As my wife and I finished dinner one evening, we got a phone call … more
Cast all your anxiety on [God] because he cares for you. - 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) Following the birth of my first child, I had postpartum depression, and my husband was facing unemployment. It became … more
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth. - 2 Timothy 2:15 (NRSV) During this past school year, a … more
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