God’s grace changes lives

Dose of Truth God’s grace changes lives Tim Richards John Newton was born in 1725. On Sept. 3, 2020, my favorite blogger, Jim Denison, wrote about an event which occurred in Newton’s life on the same day 272 year earlier, Sept. 3, 1748. Newton, who was the captain of a slave ship, encountered such a

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New beginnings

Dose of Truth New beginnings Tim Richards In the late 1890s, Swedish Christian, Eric Lund felt God was leading him to become a missionary to Spain. He soon left Sweden to begin his work there convinced he was doing what God wanted him to do. However, his work in Spain was unsuccessful and Lund became

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My new grandson

Dose of Truth My new grandson Tim Richards My oldest nephew celebrated his 32nd birthday on Sept. 2. He was born on Labor Day in 1990. I still remember how I teased my sister-in-law about waiting until “Labor Day” to go into labor. Our entire family was excited to welcome my brother and sister-in-law’s first

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Life is short

Dose of Truth Life is short Tim Richards Leo Tolstoy, one of Russia’s greatest authors, once penned the story of a young Russian farmer who inherited his father’s small farm. He at once began dreaming about expanding his property. Shortly after that a well-dressed stranger visited with an offer which seemed too good to be

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Offering forgiveness

Dose of Truth Offering forgiveness Tim Richards I quickly knew when I began reading, “Forgiving My Father,” by M. William Lensch in the February 2018 issue of Reader’s Digest that it was a powerful moving story. The author related how his father rarely talked and was emotionally distant. While he tried to teach his son

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We have a lot to learn

Dose of Truth We have a lot to learn Tim Richards The Washington Post recently featured an article by John Greer and Mary Catherine Sullivan entitled, “How Politically Divided is the U.S.?” The June 7, 2022, column challenges the assumption America is more divided than it has ever been. To develop a more objective measure

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Remembering Andrew

Dose of Truth Remembering Andrew Tim Richards Several years ago, I did a sermon series on the twelve. I found it interesting that Jesus called both Simon Peter and Andrew to become his apostles. The two brothers were professional fishermen. When people think of them, they rarely focus on Andrew, because Peter is the best

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‘Precious Lord Take My Hand’

Dose of Truth ‘Precious Lord Take My Hand’ Tim Richards Thomas Dorsey, born in 1899, was the son of a Baptist minister and a piano teacher. His life’s work would include the passions of both parents, scripture and song. He studied music in Chicago and eventually became a jazz musician and pianist frequently going by

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Making a difference

Dose of Truth Making a difference Tim Richards Homelessness among our children is a tragedy, unfortunately, it is not a new problem. In 1850 New York City had nearly 30,000 children who were either homeless or living in slums. Many had lost their parents to epidemics, others had parents who were so poor they could

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Active or passive?

Dose of Truth Active or passive? Tim Richards Sheridan Voysey’s July 23, 2022, Our Daily Bread Devotional caught my attention when he wrote about an animal of which I had never heard. The sea squirt, an extremely strange creature, looks a lot like soft plastic tubes waving in the current. This weird little sea creature

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Focus on faithfulness

Dose of Truth Focus on faithfulness Tim Richards In his book, “Holy Sweat,” author Tim Hansel tells the story of Clarence Jordan, a man with unusual talent and a total commitment to serving God and the poor. Jordon was incredibly intelligent and had an amazing work ethic. He earned two PhDs; one in agriculture and

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Money

Dose of Truth Money Tim Richards Catchy quotes often offer helpful perspective. A famous rich man once said, “Whoever says money can’t buy happiness doesn’t know where to shop.” However, his attitude about money differs from several even richer individuals. W. H. Vanderbilt said, “The care of $200,000,000 is enough to kill anyone. There is

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