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David Sandvick - Life Lessons on Faith

April 17, 2008

Hear story of Jesus again in church

When I was growing up, my parents told stories of how bad things were when they were kids. In truth, things were bad for them. Neither of my parents attended school beyond the eighth grade as both of them had to go to work to help their families survive. My mom talked of working all day for 15 cents when she was 12 years old. Dad told of walking three miles to school through blizzards while carrying a bucket of coal for the stove. He also added that it was uphill, both ways!

When I was a kid, I remember waiting for the bus in Eckhart with several inches of snow on the road, and in the distance hearing the chinka-chinka of the snow chains on the bus headed our way. When I was a kid, I had to work in mom's garden each evening in the summer pulling weeds, watering and loosening the soil before I could play.

My children claim that they had it pretty rough growing up because we made them keep their room temperature under 70 degrees and because they didn't get a car until they were 17.

Someone has said the more things change, the more they stay the same. I suppose that's true. It seems that every generation will look back on life and think that it was just as difficult as the previous generation.

This may go back to caveman days when parents would say things like "when I was your age, I'd already been eaten by a dinosaur." I'm just glad that there is a story no one can top. It is the ultimate struggle between life and death, good and evil, and hope and fear. It is the story of Jesus and his victory over death and how it gives us the promise of eternal life. Come out to church and hear the story again.

I'm amused now to talk to kids in our church who have it so rough. One girl was explaining it to me, "Yeah, Pastor David, we don't even have unlimited texting!"

David Sandvick is the pastor of First English Baptist Church in Frostburg.

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David Sandvick - Life Lessons on Faith
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  • Make right choice with church On a recent visit to Tennessee, I spoke with the wife of a Christian camp director and she related this story to me. Her husband bought her an ipod Shuffle (one of the really little ones) for a birthday present.

    August 7, 2008

  • Join with God in his church July is a month that many people head to the beach or to a park to enjoy a summer vacation. As I think about my own recent vacation, I am reminded of a practical joke I played on my wife.

    July 24, 2008

  • Seek God, his kingdom, rest will fall into place On a recent shopping outing I was asked an interesting question. As we checked out, the cashier at the department store asked, "Did you find everything okay?"

    July 17, 2008

  • Bible School puts back what is easily lost Have you ever noticed how many food products are "enriched" with vitamins and minerals? Actually, the term might be "re"-enriched because much of the nutritional value of foods such as bread is depleted when it is processed to give it longer shelf life. Vitamins and nutrients that are lost in this manufacturing processing are restored.

    July 3, 2008

  • Listen to God's still voice: 'You can do it' It was the same day that I rappelled off the tower that I climbed up its rock wall side. I had come to the conclusion that a near-50- year-old man need not prove himself anymore, when a voice in my head said, "Do it anyway!"

    June 26, 2008

  • You should be real sure about going to heaven I recently returned from east Tennessee after speaking for a week at a youth camp. While there, I tried to get to know the young people and participate in many of the activities with them. Tubing on the lake, swimming, rappelling, rock wall climbing, and riding go-carts all combined to make it a truly exhausting work week.

    June 19, 2008

  • God looking for children love him Sunday is Father's Day and the television is filled with advertisements for potential gifts that seem to follow two lines of thinking. One line of gifts I've particularly noticed are handyman type gifts.

    June 12, 2008

  • Christians also have a natural enemy - Satan My garden plantings are growing like weeds. Oh, wait a minute, that one was a weed. A closer inspection reveals that something is gnawing on my plants. The leaves are missing on some of the vegetation and I suspect a wabbit! I asked my wife if rabbits had any natural enemies. She said, "Elmer Fudd." She's no help at all.

    June 5, 2008

  • Ready soil of heart to hear word of God I was working in my garden the other day. Well, it's not really a garden as much as a patch. Actually, patch may be stretching it a bit also. Perhaps bed is the most accurate rendering. A twin size bed to be exact.

    May 29, 2008

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