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Lew Newkirk is a much loved former Pastor of Casey Baptist Church who served there for 5 years. His ministry to us continues today through the devotionals featured here for your encouragement.

Stepping Stones In My Life

I came across these few sentences by Amy Carmichael the other day: “Every true, loving, faithful thought, deed, word, helps to build the stepping-stones by which others rise. Every untrue, unloving, unfaithful thought, deed, word, helps to build stumbling- blocks over which others fall. God help us all to build stepping-stones.” That set me to thinking about people in my life that have been stepping-stones.

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Grandmother's Sugar Cookies

My memories of my Grandmother are many, but one of my fondest is of her sugar cookies baked in the wood stove oven. I loved those cookies! The crock in her country kitchen never seemed to be empty of them. But as much as I liked those cookies, I disliked raisins (sultanas)...and wouldn’t take one of those cookies if there was a raisin in the middle. And as a little kid I couldn’t be convinced otherwise. Fortunately, my grandmother spoiled me by occasionally making some of her cookies without the raisin in the middle. (I think I was her favourite.)

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The End of the Day

In the Gospel of Matthew we have recorded 3 chapters brimming over with Jesus’ instructions to His disciples. He starts with the Beatitudes and goes on to cover topics such as loving our enemies, praying, loyalty, etc. Halfway through He adds a warning that there will be few who follow the narrow path of discipleship. Most will take the broad way which seems to have few restrictions, but few will find the narrow pathway and take it. (Jesus adds that at the end of the day He will not be fooled by hypocrites professing to be disciples who do not do the will of God but use religion for their own ends.)

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