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Viruses and Sin: An Analogy?

8/19/20 | Encouragement | by Karl Franklin

Viruses and Sin: An analogy? We are in the middle of a pandemic—a virus called COVID-19, and it has been cropping up everywhere in the world, like weeds in a lawn. However, and by analogy (metaphor, simile as well), SIN is like the virus...

The Experience of Age

8/12/20 | Encouragement | by Karl Franklin

The Experience of Age “We admire the strength of youth and respect the gray hair of age” (Proverbs 20:29) In many cultures of the world, but largely excluding our own, older people are respected and their opinions sought. On the...

August Almanacs and the Weather

8/5/20 | Encouragement | by Karl Franklin

August Almanacs and the Weather  Farmers in my neck of the woods (northeastern Pennsylvania) were familiar with the Farmer’s Almanac, which began in 1792 and contained yearly observations about weather conditions, crops, the moon...

Rest in Peace?

7/29/20 | Encouragement | by Karl Franklin

Rest in Peace?   Peace is a word that sounds, well, peaceful. I think of quiet places, like a dark, starry night in a remote village in Papua New Guinea (PNG), or of reading and praying in my study. It is the opposite of anxiety or even...

Our English Bible

7/22/20 | Encouragement | by Karl Franklin

Our English Bible I own or have owned many English Bibles. An inherited family Bible weighs over 13 1/2 pounds, with a copyright date of 1883 and the publisher listed as John E. Potter and Company in Philadelphia. It was passed on to me from my...