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 By Darin Kearns    Local    August 16, 2019

Gift giving

I’ve been thinking a lot about judgment lately. There are several phrases that use the idea of judgment in them: an error of judgment, in my judgment, against one's better judgment, pass judgment, reserve judgment, sit in judgment. I’m sure there...

 
 By Darin Kearns    Local    July 5, 2019

God shed His grace on thee

As I sit here thinking about what to write, knowing that one of the most important holidays in our country will happen tomorrow, Independence Day (yesterday as you read this), I am reminded of the wonderful song “America the Beautiful.” I am in C...

 
 By Darin Kearns    Local    May 17, 2019

Have mercy

I’m about to say something that might seem rude and judgmental. But I want you to know it’s out of love and concern that I tell you about my observation of the community of Alva. Please read the whole article before you choose to get upset or...

 

Black ice

Most people in the middle of the country would know exactly what I mean if I said the term, “black ice.” Webster’s Dictionary describes it like this: “a transparent coating of ice, found especially on a road or other paved surface....

 
 By Darin Kearns    Local    January 11, 2019

How good are you?

Matthew 5:20 (NIV): For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. So … How good are you? Most would say they are pretty decent...

 

We need a hero

Psalm 34:18 (NLT): “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” I received a disheartening phone call this week from someone very important to me. She was in a very dark place; lower than I’ve ever seen...

 

Desperation

Psalm 42:1-6a – For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah. As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him? Day and night I have only tears...

 
 By Darin Kearns    Local    November 2, 2018

You've got the look!

“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” (Colossians 3:14 NIV) I have had one statement said to me multiple times over the years regarding my appearance. “You don’t look like a pastor,” has...

 
 By Darin Kearns    Local    October 19, 2018

Was it worth it?

Hebrews 12:15 (NLT): “Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.” Fairly close to the middle of the book of Genesis, we lea...

 

Trust in the Lord, not your circumstances

“For we live by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV) Our eyes can deceive us. Have you noticed that, when driving, the road ahead looks as if it gets smaller and smaller? Obviously we know it doesn’t, but it sure looks like it...

 
 By Darin Kearns    Local    August 17, 2018

Take my word for it

“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth,...

 
 By Darin Kearns    Local    July 27, 2018

Joy! It's all in the perspective

My family and I had the privilege of going to Colorado Springs, Colorado, over the 4th of July week to visit my mother and my son’s family. My grandson turned one on July 5 and we were not going to miss that wonderful day. But the day we got there...

 
 By Darin Kearns    Local    June 15, 2018

Humble teamwork

“For we are co-workers in God’s service” (1 Corinthians 3:9a NIV) Yesterday, the 2018 World Cup started in Moscow, Russia. Though the United States still hasn’t quite picked up on the popularity of the game of soccer, more people will watch...

 
 By Darin Kearns    Local    May 4, 2018

The most powerful muscle

Ephesians 4:29, New International Version (NIV): Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. “Sticks and stones may break...

 
 By Darin Kearns    Local    February 9, 2018

Forgiveness: One thing we all need, but so much of the time are unwilling to give

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant (Matthew 18:21-35, New International Version) “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, 'Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?' “Jesus answered, 'I tell...

 

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