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Posts by Gary Massey

Losing Connection

Ever since I was a little boy, barbers and hair-stylists have cut my hair with clippers and scissors. They put a cape around my shoulders and go to work. When they finish cutting, they take a brush and sweep my neck and shoulders. The hair falls onto the floor. A broom sweeps the hair into a dust pan which carries it to…

The Greater Revolution

This week, we celebrate the founding of our country … the Declaration of Independence and the Revolution that followed. For our family, this means barbecue, baseball, swimming, and fireworks – with a lot of catching up and remembering and laughing. But celebrating our family history and blessings is a way to celebrate the sacrifices that made these blessings possible. Saturday, I saw…

Do Religious People Live Longer?

In 2012, obituaries in the Des Moines Register were analyzed for religious affiliation. Out of more than 500 deaths, the people whose obituary listed a religious connection lived an average of 9.45 years longer than those whose obituaries did not include religion. A follow-up study was done covering 42 major U.S. cities. That study showed that religious people lived an average of…

Bind Up the Wounds

As the 6 year-old races his bicycle down the steep, paved path, the handle bars begin to wobble back and forth. Being new to bicycle riding, the boy holds on as best he can. But pretty soon, the handle bars turn sideways. The bike pitches forward. The boy puts his hands out to break his fall. The pavement claws his fingers and…

So You Had A Bad Day

I spent weeks studying, thinking, planning. This lesson was a big opportunity to teach faithful, fruitful followers of Jesus – people who are involved in efforts that impact tens of thousands of people. I wanted to do a good job. I wanted to have a positive impact on these people. I wanted to make the Lord’s Kingdom stronger. I tried to guard…

Get The Foundation Right

Most people don’t know how install a strong fence post. After the post is in place, it should not be loose, i.e., it should not move when you push it. Rather, it should resist your weight when you push against it. The more stress the post will endure, the tighter it must be. If it’s going to hold a 14 foot gate,…

Finding The Joy

“How are you today?” the salesman asks. “I’m pretty good. How about you?” I respond. “Just waiting for retirement, just waiting for retirement,” he says with his eyes cast down and his head shaking side to side. “Oh yeah,” I say, “how long till you retire?” “Too long – too long to even think about. I’ve got 10 more years before I…

You Can’t Get There From Here

We are driving down the interstate on our way to school. There are five lanes full of cars, all going between 70 and 85 miles per hour. On the inside shoulder, between the southbound and northbound lanes, a man is standing rolling some kind of cart with small wheels. It is not a stroller, but it is about the same size. He…

Longer Than Expected

Dark green water fills the swimming pool. It looks exactly the same color as a pond – deep, dark green. Not as dark as a lake, but dark nonetheless. Before the chemicals are added and the filtration process begins, you can hear frogs calling to one another from around the pool. When you walk to the pool, you hear the splash of…

Catching Up With Time

John and Carla Moore just flew home from a mission trip to Singapore. Carla posted to Facebook that they landed in the U.S. before they left Singapore. They flew backward in time. Of course, they didn’t fly through time, they just outran the system we have developed to measure time on a spherical planet. When they crossed the International Date Line, they…