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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.

Does the Truth Always Set Us Free?

A few nights ago I went to bed early, leaving Joyce to watch an interview with a well-known journalist/writer that we have read and listened to for many years. He is articulate on many subjects; economics, politics, philosophy, education and even why people do what they do. We have wondered if he is a Christian, because much of his world view seems to be Christian.

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New Boots

I have new boots, but not just any boots. They are Justin ropers, black, size 10 ½. About 10yrs. ago while home from Australia, my sister bought me a similar pair at an S.A. store for $10.00. I had tried them on, but wouldn't spend the money on them. She bought them and surprised me. I know you are not supposed to love things, so I didn't love those boots, but I liked them a whole lot! I had them resoled once, and they have been ready for the bin for the last few years, but I just couldn't give them up. Last week on one of our excursions to find a table to re-purpose for our TV Joyce mentioned a thrift shop we hadn't been to in over a year. Within 5 min. of walking in the door she comes smiling and holding a pair of Justin ropers, black, size 10 ½...like new! I gladly paid the $35.00! I thanked the Lord for them all the way home and still do every time I put them on!

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Our Music Tells on Us!

Last week I picked up an old dilapidated songbook for 25 cents. It is “The Brethren's Hymnal” published in 1876. The title page reads: “The Brethren's Tune and Hymn Book being a compilation of sacred music adapted to all the psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.”

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Who's relevant?

A friend told me of a pastor he knew who told him that his church told him they didn't want teaching, they wanted “application.” This isn't any new thing, but there seems to be a lack of “give and take” these days that says, “Give me what I want or else.” This led my thinking down some “bunny trails” that I am going to share with you all.

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The Subject is Affliction

AFFLICTION is described in my dictionary as a condition of pain, suffering or distress. Some of the synonyms for affliction are; adversity, hurt, harm, ruin, woe, grief, heartache, misfortune, sorrow, anxiety, misery. You get the picture. We don’t like to think about it, but there is no way around it, because every human being that has ever been born and lived has known affliction of one kind or another. Job said man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward.

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