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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

09/09/2021

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‘God has everything exactly timed for good’, once said the missionary Jim Elliot.  But we tend to have great trouble in understanding God’s timing.  It just doesn’t make sense to us.  We’d have done it differently. God never seems to be on schedule, or at least not on our schedule.  I’m sure Joshua wondered why his career had to go nowhere for so long, 40 years, the best years of his life.  God tells us in the Bible that we will at times have a hard time understanding His

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

08/26/2021

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   When you experience a career disruption or life disruption of some kind, very often you are forced to wait.  To wait upon God, upon someone else to do something, for some job to open up or health problem to get resolved or some item you ordered to finally arrive.    Most of us have no interest in waiting, for anything.  We want to rush in and take things into our own hands.  

      The classic example of this is Peter, there in the garden of Gethsemane with Jesus as the

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

08/12/2021

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    A few years ago, our daughter got married and wanted to go on a Caribbean cruise for their honeymoon.  So we all went, Debbie and I and all our kids and their spouses.  I mean, don’t most kids take their parents on their honeymoon?  But on this cruise one of the books I brought along to read was Robinson Crusoe. I had never read this classic and I figured if the cruise ship sank, maybe I could pick up some tips from old Robinson.  But I was quite surprised. It was a gr

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

07/29/2021

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   Has life thrown you down a pit so deep you think you’ll never get out? Have you begun to tell yourself: ‘well, this is my life now; it will always be this way.’  We feel trapped and we lose our joy.  About the only ‘joy’ we have in life is the stuff we squirt into the kitchen sink to clean our dishes with.

  So, what do you do when you find yourself saying: ‘how will I ever get through this?’  Is there a purpose for these trials God has permitted to come into my life?  S

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

07/14/2021

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    David  experienced a set of trapdoors, through which his life came crashing down.  But fortunately for us, David wrote about those events, his feelings about them and about his faith, all in the book of Psalms.  Do you know why the Psalms are often the best loved book in the Bible?  And why it brings such comfort to so many people?  Because many of us have experienced the same kinds of trapdoor changes in our lives that David wrote about in the Psalms.  Items like betr

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

06/24/2021

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     Since we just had Father’s day, just a couple of thoughts on that.  God’s kind of man, loves his wife and is committed to her. Come rain or shine, curlers or curls, wrinkles or baby-soft skin, good days or bad days, through all the changes we people go through as we get older, a real father, a real man is committed to his wife.  

      There is a great illustration of that in nature as well.  This is one area in which it’s okay for a man to act like a goose.  So if you

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

06/10/2021

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     A young man was learning to fly a single engine airplane.  It was time to learn about landing the plane so the instructor said: ‘Are you ready to go down?’   And the student said, ‘yes, let’s do that’.  So, the plane began to descend. The instructor looked over at the young man and he wasn’t sweating at all, he was completely cool.  The instructor thought, this guy will make a good pilot.   Suddenly, the plane hit the ground with a thud and bounced back up 50 feet int

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

05/20/2021

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     One of the lessons from the tower of Babel is that God is always looking for people who will stand with Him.  2 Chron. 16:9   

   Even in the toughest of times, God has always had His faithful remnant.  The Bible says that God is ever looking for people who are willing to stand up for Him, people through whom He can work and release His kingdom power through.      Are you such a person?  

    Ezek. 22:30   It’s not easy standing in the gap. The gap is where there is a h

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

05/06/2021

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    1 Peter 3:7    Peter teaches us that we should honor our wives, the mothers of our children.  God had it even put right into the 10 commandments:  to honor our fathers and mothers.  Three easy ways to treat moms right are: spend time with her, show her respect and help her out.   

     Men, you have two choices before you on this: you can honor them or dishonor them- by not spending time with her, by not showing her respect, by not helping her.  

      We thank God for m

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

04/22/2021

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     Many people aren’t into risks today.  Risk may be a popular board game but not popular as a lifestyle. We all naturally gravitate to security, social security, home security, secure savings and loans, secure relationships and those are good things!   But too often, over time, or especially as we get older, we become cautious, sophisticated, careful.    We call it wisdom.     And it is at times, but it may also just be a lack of faith.     We’re to be as shrewd as serp

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

04/08/2021

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 We love heroes.  We love stories of heroes; heroes that are worthy of honor and that serve as a good example for us. They inspire us.  We don’t name our sons Judas or our daughters Jezebel. We use names like David and Daniel, boys that slay giants or shut the mouths of lions.  We long for heroines like Ruth or Esther, fearless ladies who overcame death, famine and destruction. Most of our heroes are forged in fires of weakness or suffering in order to become strong. 

     

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

03/25/2021

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 Do you remember that old movie: ‘Vacation’ with  Chevy Chase, where he wants to take his family on a cross-country road trip to go see Wally World in California?   In this comedy movie, just about everything that could go wrong on a vacation does go wrong for them.  It reminds me of some of our vacations. Things like wrong turns, running out of money, sick kids, cockroaches in the beds, car accidents, car breakdowns, food poisonings, being broadsided by a pickup and even

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

03/11/2021

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    In dealing with depression and discouragement, a big part of this is also learning to forgive. One Christian counselor, in his old age, said that he could not stress it enough, how he discovered that many of people’s depressions were the by-product of them being unable or unwilling to forgive.  To forgive others and to forgive yourself.  One guy said that probably half of the people in  mental institutions could be released if they could only learn to forgive.  It’s th

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

02/25/2021

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‘Depression is the inability to construct a future.’

Depression is feeling really alone even when in a room with lots of people.

‘Every thought is a battle, every breath is a war, and I don’t think I’m winning anymore.’

‘I really want to be happy, but there’s something inside me that screams: you don’t deserve it.’

‘They ask: how are you doing?   But what they mean is: are you over it yet?  My lips say: fine, thanks, but my eyes tell a different story, my heart sings a differe

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thoughts from the trail

by: Steve Fawcett

02/11/2021

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    Don’t let the sun go down on your anger is  a great marriage principle.  Eph. 4:26.    If at all possible, and it’s not always possible, try to settle things before it gets too late in the day.   I can remember times early in our marriage when Debbie and I would disagree about something and then we’d try to go to sleep.  You know, one person would be facing this way and the other person facing the other way.  Almost always, one or both of us wouldn’t sleep well at all

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