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 By Dr. Rick Marshall    Soul Searching    May 1, 2016 

What Makes A Happy Home?

The question was asked in a class of eager preschoolers, “What makes a happy home?” “A cat,” answered one four-year old. “Brownies,” answered a blue-eyed blond with cute pig tails....

 
 By Dr. Rick Marshall    Religion    April 1, 2016

WHAT GETS TO YOU?

Everyone has a pet peeve. One of mine is telemarketers. Telemarketers are both resolute and resilient sales professionals. Their job is to get on the phone to make cold calls and try to sell a product...

 
 By Dr. Rick Marshall    Religion    March 1, 2016

What To Remember When You Need To Remember

In a speech made in 1863, Abraham Lincoln said "We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in number...

 
 By Dr. Rick Marshall    Soul Searching    January 1, 2016

PRAYERS FOR THE NEW YEAR

Nikos Kazantzakis is an odd Greek name some of us may not recognize. Perhaps you know his work better than his name. Among other books, he wrote Zorba the Greek and The Last Temptation of Christ. In...

 
 By Dr. Rick Marshall    Religion    December 1, 2015

THE EMOTIONS OF CHRISTMAS...

As we have now arrived into the Christmas season, I heard a new word describing these weeks before the big celebration. It is “anticipointment.” You won’t find it in a dictionary or thesaurus. B...

 
 By Dr. Rick Marshall    Religion    November 1, 2015

A Habit That Blesses

It is a pretty simple conclusion to make. Good habits bless us and bad habits hurt us. For example, brushing your teeth, regular exercise, wearing your seat belt and watching your spending will help...

 
 By Dr. Rick Marshall    Religion    October 1, 2015

AMERICA'S HOPE

Although the election of a new President for this great country is just over a year away, the pushing, shoving, and promoting of candidates is well under way. This fall we will see a number of...

 
 By Dr. Rick Marshall    Religion    September 1, 2015

The Undercurrent of Loneliness

Just in the last few days we have heard again about a surfer on the beach who saw two girls in trouble in an undertow just down the beach. Immediately he went into the water and was able to save the...

 
 By Dr. Rick Marshall    Soul Searching    August 1, 2015

"Faith and Circumstances"

One of the great challenges as a Pastor is to help people walk through the unexpected difficulties of life, particularly with reference to their faith. It is often in those times we discover the real...

 
 By Dr. Rick Marshall    Soul Searching    July 1, 2015

The Christian Patriot

What is patriotism to a Christian? It is more than singing patriotic songs, waving the flag, and feeling emotionally stirred over our nation’s heritage. As we come to celebrate this Independence...

 
 By Dr. Rick Marshall    Soul Searching    June 1, 2015

Discovering Purpose in Living

Richard Lieder and David Shapiro in their book, Replacing Your Bags, tell of a middle-aged man who spent several years making the transition from being laid off as the head of a staff department in a...

 
 By Dr. Rick Marshall    Soul Searching    May 1, 2015

The Toughest Job

My friend David Dykes reminded me of a funny story about a man who rushed into a toy store late one evening to buy a Barbie doll for his daughter who had a birthday the next morning. The saleslady...

 
 By Dr. Rick Marshall    Soul Searching    April 1, 2015

If Christ Is Not Risen...

Some of you know it was my privilege to lead another group on a pilgrimage to the Land of our Lord earlier this year. What a tremendous blessing it was to walk where Jesus walked, not necessarily in...

 
 By Dr. Rick Marshall    Soul Searching    March 15, 2015

The Silent Hour Which Speaks Loudly

To think about one’s death is a sobering reality. Some may even want to read no further learning the subject of this article. A friend put it this way, “Didn’t they realize that to die is to...

 
 By Dr. Rick Marshall    Soul Searching    February 15, 2015

Making The Most Of Marriage

I once had the privilege of meeting Art Linkletter. Many of you will remember his famous interviews with children and his book, Kids Say the Darndest Things. It’s interesting to find out what kids...

 
 By Dr. Rick Marshall    Soul Searching    January 15, 2015

Christians Living in Uncertain Times

Have you ever known more uncertain times? We look at the domestic front and problems abound. Almost every week there is a new crisis whether in government, a health scare, tension within communities,...

 
 By Dr. Rick Marshall    Soul Searching    December 1, 2014

Christmas Peace

Someone said, "The most commonly misused and misapplied word in the language of man, is 'LOVE'. If that is so, then surely the second most misused and misapplied word is, 'PEACE'." Josh Liebman made...

 
 By Dr. Rick Marshall    Soul Searching    November 1, 2014

How To Know If You Are Thankful

What’s the first thing which comes to mind when you think of November? For me, it’s Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is filled with grand memories of family together and fabulous meals. As I have come...

 
 By Dr. Rick Marshall    Soul Searching    October 1, 2014

The Call To Become

In the well-meaning efforts to spread the Gospel, sometimes people may hear a message which isn’t quite the whole story of what it means to become a Christian. In fact, there are many people who fin...

 
 By Dr. Rick Marshall    Soul Searching    September 1, 2014

Good Grief

Perhaps some might wonder where I could have found a more confounding title? Would anyone wish to associate the word “good” with “grief?” Actually it came from the title to a little book I...

 
 By Dr. Rick Marshall    Soul Searching    August 1, 2014

The Christian and Crisis

To say the least, we live in uncertain times. Some might even call this a time of crisis. There seems to be no national consensus about what to do with the serious immigration issues where large...

 
 By Dr. Rick Marshall    Soul Searching    July 1, 2014

The Christian And His Government

Like you, I hear my share of what’s wrong with government. And it’s not just what’s going on in Washington, sometimes it is just as likely to refer to our state or city. One doesn’t have to...

 
 By Dr. Rick Marshall    Soul Searching    June 1, 2014

Passing The Faith, Whose Job Is That?

Recently the heading of a short article caught my eye. It read, “Discipleship, Whose Responsibility?” Certainly as a Pastor the subject of “Discipleship” grabbed my attention. After all,...

 
 By Dr. Rick Marshall    Soul Searching    May 1, 2014

"Your Family, Your Children and Your God"

The month of May is all about families. Not only do we celebrate Mother’s Day, but many families get together for reunions, kids finish the school year and some graduate. It can be a blessing or it...

 

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