4-The Mystery of Childhood

Highlighting CHILDREN IN THE BIBLE Part 4: Samuel God’s people had lived happily in Egypt for long time and were happy. But sadly everything suddenly changed. A new Pharaoh—who was like a king—ruled the country and he did not like the people of God. God saw what was happening and decided they should leave Egypt. He called Moses to lead […]

3-The Mystery of Childhood

Highlighting Children in the Bible Part 3: Moses Joseph was happy to have his family close to him in Egypt, and as the years went by and the little children grew up and became Mommies and Daddies in their turn, the family got bigger and bigger and soon there were many grandpas and grandmas, and […]

2-The Mystery of Childhood

Highlighting Children in the Bible Part 2: Joseph A young boy named Joseph, who lived in Canaan, was next to the youngest son of a man called Jacob who owned many sheep and goats. He had a younger brother called Benjamin and ten older brothers who took care of their Dad’s animals by protecting them […]

1-The Mystery of Childhood

Highlighting Children in the Bible Part 1: Isaac A very long time ago there was a man who loved and obeyed God. His name was Abraham and his wife’s name was Sarah. Both were waiting for the child God had promised to them. Days had passed, then weeks, months and years… but no baby had come. […]

The Mystery of Childhood

Highlighting CHILDREN IN THE BIBLE Introduction Most of us would agree that we had no control over the circumstances that preceded or led to our birth. We had no choice with regard to our parents, our genes, the location of our birth, our race or our socio economic circumstances. These were determined before we were conceived and without […]

Stuck in the Mud

“Christ is no Moses, no exactor, no giver of laws, but a giver of grace, a Savior; he is infinite mercy and goodness, freely and bountifully given to us.” —Martin Luther (1483-1546) In the eyes of a Parrot Hi folks. Paprika Parrot—sitting cocky as can by at the top of the page—is hounding me about […]

Mounting Difficulties and Plunging Economics…

Opportunities for Miracles “When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie, My grace all-sufficient shall be thy supply; The flame shall not hurt thee, I only design, Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.”—John Rippon 178. “Mary’s health was becoming cause for increasing concern. Boils on her arms and legs were making it […]


“For grace is given not because we have done good works, but in order that we may be able to do them.” — Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430) A REPORT documented by Clement Kroeker My brother Clement (Bud), who is involved in missions, has recently come back from the interior of Congo where our parents […]


THE STORY OF THE FIRST THANKSGIVING Illustration in the free domain. In 17th century England King James I ruled both the state and the church. Concerned lest his subjects might defy him as their spiritual leader, they might one day oppose him as their political leader. Those who held different views from the state church […]

Crooked Paths Part 1

“Solomon had a very honest approach to life. All of his remarks relating to the futility of life are there for a purpose: to lead us to seek fulfillment and happiness in God alone. He was not trying to destroy all hope, but to direct our hopes to the only One who can truly fulfill […]