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    Greg Brownell|Sep 28, 2023

    Strange things happen with the telephone. Years ago, I hung up the phone after a visit with one of our church ladies. Later, when I went to make a call, I heard distant voices (which I recognized) on the other end, seemingly visiting together. It took a moment for me to realize that the call I'd made earlier was still connected. I spoke loudly into the phone repeatedly to ask them to properly hang up their phone (so I could make a call) but they couldn't hear me. The experience was a blessing....

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    Greg Brownell|Sep 7, 2023

    My wife and I were alarmed at the conclusion of a church conference when a Pastor took off for home, forgetting his wife. He left her stranded in the church yard. She calmly stated that he often forgot her. She said that he would eventually remember and return for her. It's hard to imagine that kind of forgetfulness. The Bible tells of a woman who forgot. She was so taken by Jesus' words of living water that she went to tell others "leaving her water jar". She forgot her valuable and needed wate...

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    Greg Brownell|Aug 31, 2023

    Recently an airline pilot made national news as a video recorded him taking an ax to a mechanical crossing arm that kept him from driving into a special part of the airport. As he struck with the ax again and again, he was expressing the frustration we often face when we are forced to wait, and we see no reason for it. Being patient while waiting can be difficult. There's nothing special about having to wait. We all must wait, whether it is in a doctor's office, grocery checkout line, or at a...

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    Greg Brownell|Aug 24, 2023

    The drill sergeant confronted the new recruit and asked him, "What's the most important thing a soldier can learn?" The recruit wondered if he should say that it was shooting well, hand-to-hand combat, or marching straight. Before he could answer, the gruff sergeant said, "The most important thing a soldier can learn is to obey!" Servicemen and women are required to obey even when they may not understand the orders. Jesus Christ Himself learned what it means to obey. He "humbled Himself by...

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    Greg Brownell|Aug 17, 2023

    A popular song entitled "The Cat Came Back" is about a Mr. Johnson who had personal troubles and desired to give his cat to a new home. He gave it to someone who lived far, far, away, but the cat came back the very next day. He then gave it to a woman who went up in a balloon and landed 90 miles away but the cat came back the very next day. After that he tried sending it out west but the train crashed, and yet the cat came back the very next day. Each time the cat came back the lyrics contain th...

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    Greg Brownell|Aug 3, 2023

    A humorous story tells of three very old friends visiting. One shared that his eyesight was failing. Another said he could hardly hear anymore. The third said he was having trouble walking. The first one said, “Yeah, but at least we can all still drive!” (watch out!) It encourages us to come across people who joyfully proclaim that though they are growing old, their enjoyment of life is richer than ever. Some complain miserably about getting older. It is true that our bones may ache more, our eyesight dims, our steps are slower and our hea...

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    Greg Brownell|Jul 27, 2023

    We may find ourselves being tempted to be unfaithful to the Lord when we least expect it. Our relationship with the Lord may be stronger than ever and still we find ourselves severely tempted. The Bible says “all temptation is common to man.” Even Jesus was “tempted in every way, just as we are - yet He did not sin” Heb. 4:15. The “tempter,” the Devil, has lots of practice at his craft and he works very hard. His methods may vary from one time to the next. Motivated by a hunger to destroy, he may surprise us with a new tactic we hadn’t seen...

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    Greg Brownell|Jul 20, 2023

    We were watching the runners pass by our home during the Touchet River Run and we noticed the leaders were very fast and seemed intent on winning. They were followed by a group of home-town people who we would see daily running the Dayton roads. Next was the group of all ages who smiled as they enjoyed the scenery and waved to those watching the race. Following them came the handicapped and elderly who were just as earnest as the others. As they went out of sight, the orange cones that directed...

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    Greg Brownell|Jul 13, 2023

    A particular orchard along the Snake River (Penawawa), offers sweet peaches. Still productive, generations have availed themselves to the delicious fruit, coming back year after year. For many it started when they were young children climbing up into the lower branches of the tree, propping themselves in place as they devoured the delicious peaches, letting the juice drip down from their mouths onto their dresses and white T-shirts. The peach stain became a reminder of how sweet the peaches...

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    Greg Brownell|Jul 6, 2023

    A young lady answering the knock at the door heard the voice of a prisoner she and others had been praying for on the outside of the door. Instead of opening the door she excitedly ran back to the prayer group and said, "Peter is at the door." Though they had been praying for his release, they said, "you are out of your mind!" Peter kept knocking until they finally opened the door. They saw him and were astonished" Acts. 12:12-16. Peter went on to tell them the miracle of his prison release. Sad...

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    Greg Brownell|Jun 29, 2023

    Gary experienced hardship in life. He was molested at age 7. At age 11 he was afflicted with spinal meningitis which crippled him for three years. After becoming an award-winning music producer, (working with the Association, Paul Revere and the Raiders, among many others) he was shot three times by hitmen, nearly ending his life. Gary recognized his need for God and asked Jesus Christ into his life. Following that decision, he spent the rest of his life using his talents in Gospel music. Gary...

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    Greg Brownell|Jun 22, 2023

    In past years the pump section of certain church pump organs was behind a partition. While the musician was playing the keys, there was an unseen, often unnamed person vigorously pumping the bellows, building up the air pressure for the musician to make music. On one occasion, after the crowd honored the musician for beautiful playing, the pump assistant was offended because he felt unappreciated. He stopped pumping. The musician was helpless to continue. Try as he might, he had nothing to...

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    Greg Brownell|Jun 15, 2023

    A cafeteria worker shared a secret for instilling in her customers a deeper appreciation for her food. She whispered to me, "I make them smell it for a while before I serve it. It makes them hungrier and more appreciative." I don't know how many tricks she had, but she definitely understood how important it was for hunger to be stimulated. The Lord appreciates a deep hunger for Him. His Word says, "Blessed (meaning "happy") are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be...

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    Greg Brownell|Jun 8, 2023

    Jesus spoke of a rich man who thought he could look forward to many years of comfort and wealth. Jesus said, "The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.' Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." "But God...

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    Greg Brownell|May 25, 2023

    We often sing a hymn that contains the phrase, "like the prophet, my pillow a stone" (referring to Jacob resting his head on a stone). Most of us know what it's like to drag ourselves through the day because we didn't sleep well the night before. The difficulty sleeping may have nothing to do with an uncomfortable pillow but with an uncomfortable heart. We may be missing the personal fellowship with the Lord that He designed us for. He may be prompting us to be attentive and awake to Him more th...

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    Greg Brownell|May 18, 2023

    Imagine a camel trying to squeeze himself through the eye of a small needle. The picture presents a ridiculous impossibility. Yet Jesus drew that very picture with His words, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God" Mt. 19:23. Because money can buy so many things, wealthy people are especially vulnerable to thinking they can even buy their way into heaven. We can't buy our way into salvation or use our wealth to redeem...

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    Greg Brownell, Pastor, United Brethren Church|May 11, 2023

    In a large, unfamiliar crowd a fellow pointed to a stranger and said to his wife, "That's got to be Tom's son. He looks just like him!" He was right. It's possible to meet a stranger and get the sense you know whose family they are a part of without a word being said. They may have a strong resemblance of their dad's eyes, a likeness of their mom's smile, or a distinct shape of the family nose. There are also identifiable characteristics in the family of God. We express the Father's nature throu...

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    Pastor Greg Brownell|May 4, 2023

    Years ago, our van lost power as we were approaching the Snake River Bridge at Central Ferry. It didn't help that the temperature was over 100 degrees. In order to get to the shade and out of the road, our strong young son Kyle and I pushed the van (hot to the touch) up and over the bridge while Susie wrestled inside with the stiff, unyielding powerless steering. We were able to coast down the other side once we reached the middle of the bridge (and the semi-truck behind us slowed down for us)...

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    Pastor Greg Brownell, United Brethren Church, Dayton|Sep 15, 2022

    There was a time when certain vacuum cleaner salesmen were known for shocking their potential customers by pouring dirt on their carpets. They would quickly explain that they planned to immediately vacuum it up to show what a good job their vacuum could do. However, some were asked to leave the home before finishing their presentation because of such disrespect and insensitivity. A story is told of how embarrassed one salesman was when his vacuum malfunctioned and he left the home as quickly as...

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    Pastor Greg Brownell|Sep 1, 2022

    In the l960s, a comedian became famous for the saying "The Devil made me do it!" His bit was about getting caught for doing wrong and passing the blame. The saying became extremely popular. Even school-aged children would use it on their parents, siblings, and teachers when they were caught doing something wrong. It didn't fool anyone. We are accountable for our own wrong doing though we'd like to blame someone else. However, there is a real Devil. Jesus spoke often of the Devil and the Bible...

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    Pastor Greg Brownell, United Brethren Church, Dayton|May 5, 2022

    A wife was giving credit to how continually kind and gentle her husband was. The believer who was listening asked the husband, "Are you just that way or is it a result of something else?" After 50 years of marriage to such a wonderful man, the wife was shocked to hear her husband respond, "I pray about it constantly". She had no idea. She had thought it a simple character trait but the husband knew his wife was giving him credit for something the Lord was really doing through him as an answer...

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    Pastor Greg Brownell|Sep 9, 2021

    Friends: We can depend on the seed of Jesus’ life within us. The Bible teaches we are “born again” by “imperishable seed” 1 Peter 1:23. Seeds are durable in their purpose to provide new life. We have the enduring life of Jesus within us. Trusting in Him, we will endure! Whatever we are going through, we are up for it. The invisible seed planted deep within us will become visible. His life will break out all over us. It will be seen in a confident attitude, a radiant countenance, and in deeds...

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    Pastor Greg Brownell|Nov 5, 2020

    We can’t really “see” the ocean. We can look on its surface, but we have no way of seeing its depths. We are unable to take in its full measure and vastness. Yet the ocean is such a marvel to us that we can occupy ourselves for a lengthy time just enjoying the little bit of it that we can see. Some enjoy the ocean because it speaks to them of the vast and immeasurable depths of God’s great love. The Bible teaches, “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive...

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    Pastor Greg Brownell, United Brethren Church, Dayton|Jul 23, 2020

    We sit up straight and listen intently as we are hearing the older generation talk of current world conditions when they say, “I’ve never seen anything like it.” Or, “I never thought I’d live to see something like this”. The hardship that has been placed on us by the coronavirus and the current unrest in our nation’s streets have made life difficult. Many are frightened. Social distancing, state-wide shut downs, riots and looting in our streets, and unbridled violence have placed a heavy burde...

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    Pastor Greg Brownell|Jan 16, 2020

    The garbage company had a particular slogan painted on the sides of their trucks that read: “Your garbage is our bread and butter.” It was their way of conveying the message that they made their living out of collecting and disposing of the unwanted items placed in the trash cans they picked up. It is strange to liken our garbage to someone else’s bread and butter. The two descriptions don’t seem to match. Yet when it comes to the Lord, this slogan makes a lot of sense. The Lord doesn’t...