Author: Rick Hanna

Charge To Timothy To The Glory Of God

In English class, they teach you not to write sentences and thoughts that go on longer than they should or directions that they should not go. They call these “run-on” sentences, or in conversations, you might say that they got off on a tangent. As a parent of a child with some special needs, I often find myself in conversations with my son traveling down a verbal road with no end in sight. The worst is when he comes down in the morning and says, “Dad, can I tell you about my dream?” I know at that moment if...

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Marinating in God’s Word

It is almost summertime in Albany and in our family that means that at least once a week we enjoy cooking something on the BBQ grill. Sometimes it may be hamburgers and hot dogs, while other times it may be BBQ chicken, but our favorite is to grill chicken that has been marinated in a special sauce. In these parts of the country, there is a store-bought marinade called “Spiedie Sauce, ” and it takes normal chicken and transforms it into a mouth-watering bite unless of course, I burn the chicken (no pressure)! The secret is, though, the chicken...

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Know and Live God’s Word in Community with God’s People

Introduction The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. It is an ancient proverb that has timeless truth for our walk with God. There is an intrinsic tendency of all men and women to live by comparisons. We see some who are better off than us, and we feel bad.  On the contrary, when our glance finds someone worse off than us, our self-image increases. But what if life was not meant to be lived in comparison with each other but rather in a simple journey of growth and development, a journey that certainly has more...

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Swerving From A Shipwrecked Faith

Recently, my wife and I bought a gazebo to put outside our house. Unfortunately, it came in one of those boxes that says, “Some assembly required.” Knowing my limitations with being handy, I had hoped it would come just as it looked set up in the store! I have yet to open the box, but when I do, I hope to find instructions there that will be clear enough for this dense assemblyman, that I can pass it off to my two sons to put together! The book of 1 Timothy is a spiritual father talking to a spiritual...

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Fear God, Keep His Commandments

Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 What do you want on your tombstone? It was the catchphrase of a commercial a few years back for Tombstone Pizza.  It is also a phrase that we relate to what is the way someone wants to be remembered. It signifies a message that is to be communicated long after the person is gone, a message of great importance, or in some cases, of great humor. At the end of the fascinating book of Ecclesiastes, there is an epitaph of sorts written that brings the words of the Preacher, the Qoheleth to a close. The text indicates...

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