Archive for September 2008

A Good Book   Leave a comment

As I write this, I’ve been busy perusing my bookshelves.  You see, I’m going on vacation for a few days and want to focus on anything but work.  Vacation is supposed to be like that, you know.  Often, I take work with me anyway.  After all, we workaholics can never truly leave work and the family has to sleep sometime while we’re gone!

Thankfully, I’m learning my lesson, albeit slowly. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted September 14, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Bible

Impact   Leave a comment

Being on a mission trip is always an incredibly invigorating adventure.  Having been on several now, I want to share with you some of the thoughts I’ve accumulated, especially from the trip just ended with our church youth group.

I have yet to experience a mission endeavor that doesn’t involve some type of difficult work.  Be it physical labor, seemingly endless preparation and delivery of messages, or even walking in unfamiliar territory to survey damage or assess the needs of a given community, the labor is never easy. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted September 14, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Christian Lifestyle, Mission, Service

Focus   Leave a comment

The hymn says, “…and the things of earth will grow strangely dim…”

What is your main focus in life?  If it is not drawing nearer to the Lord, let me suggest that you may be missing the mark, even if only by a little. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted September 14, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Closeness to God, Family, God's Will, Service

Astigmatism   Leave a comment

Astigmatism is not fun.  I would love not to suffer from it myself, but it remains.  Being one of absolutely no medical knowledge, all I can tell you is that it has something to do with your eyeball that makes your vision blurry.  There is no cure.

 The worst part of astigmatism is that whatever corrective device you wear to give you clear vision must always remain present.  You can’t just put a drop in your eye and enjoy the day.  You must still wear the glasses or contact lenses in order to see properly.

 Without my glasses, I feel like the man from Bethsaida Jesus was dealing with on a certain occasion.  He had been brought to Jesus for healing.  Jesus took the man out of the town, put saliva on his eyes and touched him, then asked what the man saw.  His answer is mine without glasses, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” (Mark 8:24b, NIV) Read the rest of this entry »

Posted September 12, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Closeness to God, God's Will

Leftover Gifts   Leave a comment

I’m sure that Christmas around your house is the same as everybody else.  The entire tree is filled with boxes and packages, neatly wrapped and ready to be opened and adored.  One of the things I like the best is how only a few of those packages are unwrapped on Christmas day, and the following weeks are filled with joy because the other gifts will be opened on no particular schedule; just whenever somebody happens to feel like opening another present.  Just like the turkey, the leftovers can be just as much fun as the original.

YEAH RIGHT! Read the rest of this entry »

Posted September 12, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Christmas, Church, Service, Spiritual Gifts