Thoughts Along the Way

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A Friend Is Always Loyal

by Bob Chance

A good friend of mine used to say “Bobby, you don’t need but one hand to count your true friends on”.  I used to think my friend was pretty cynical and told him so.  But he would reply, “I’m not cynical, I’m realistic”.  The older I get the more I see the wisdom in his […]

Not To Worry ….

by Bob Chance

I remember one time when I walked out of an Economics test in college forty-five minutes before anyone else did. I started worrying because I knew I wasn’t forty-five minutes smarter than anyone else. Sometimes we need to worry, sometimes we don’t but in all cases we should trust God. The Bible tells us not […]

Heavens to Murgatroyd!

by Bob Chance

I saw an email some time ago from my cousin Billy Ray that included a list of many of the words and phrases that have gone out of style or that young people today might not recognize let alone ever use.  Phrases like “My old jalopy”, “Hunky Dory”, “Carbon Copy”, “Heavens to Betsy”, “Gee whillikers” […]

Surprised by God … Again!

by Bob Chance

I continue to be amazed at how God surprises me just when I need it the most.  Just when I think I’ve got it figured out God suddenly and often joyfully sticks his hand deep into my life and I am surprised by God’s grace and love. As the season of Advent bore down upon […]

A Season of Thanksgiving

by Bob Chance

As yet another Thanksgiving dawns upon me I look both back and ahead.  Memories flood my soul.  I look back and I think of all the Thanksgivings past that have come and gone and I am beyond grateful for the people, the times, the experiences and the memories that flood my soul.  I think of […]

Wiffle Ball

by Bob Chance

Wiffle Ball is something my friends and I engaged in a lot when growing up.   While there are “official rules”, every yard, every game, every family had their own “house rules” often based on the shape of the yard, the amount of space available and the whims of the people playing.   I won’t go into […]

A Lesson from a Brown Paper Bag of Sausage

by Jane Small

It was in the fall of 1968. I was the brand new minister of a small rural church in Bethel, Kentucky. I was loving every minute of it. The Bethel Christian Church was in the heart of town and we averaged around seventy-five wonderful souls every Sunday morning in worship. It was all new for […]

Under The Sun of An August Day

by Bob Chance

Today I sit where the ocean breaks upon the shore, And yet again I ponder something more. Another season not that far away or long ago, I sat and watched the gently falling snow. Another time, another place, but today the sun rises hot, And although I seem the same I know I’m not. Seasons […]

Summertime and the Living Is Easy …

by Bob Chance

Remember the old tune “Summertime and the Living Is Easy”.  I bet many of you can hear it in your head right now, now that I’ve mentioned it.  It was originally composed in 1934 (when summer really was a much slower time) for the opera Porgy and Bess.  As you probably already know I’m not […]

Home Plate

by Bob Chance

Home Plate is seventeen inches wide.  It doesn’t matter what league you are playing in, what level you are playing at, how old you are or how young you are…it’s seventeen inches. There is a wondeful story going around about an old coach who is now long dead but who gave a passionate and impressive […]