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 By Don Saul    Opinion    October 23, 2019

Fearlessness and faith go hand-in-hand l Worship

I play trumpet in the Mukilteo Community Orchestra. We’re a good orchestra, and our conductor really brings out our best. When I say best, I mean best assuming we practice, which we do. I’d say I practice more now than I ever did in high school....

 

Fearlessness and faith go hand-in-hand

Well, it’s been five months since I last wrote about our new grandson. Then, he was four months old; now he’s nine months and venturing out as far and as fast as he’s allowed to go. Take your eyes off him for not even a minute and you’ll... Full story

 

It’s a whole new ballgame l Worship

Resurrection changes everything! New life, forgiven sins, joy for your hurting soul, even peace in hard times: all available free-of-charge, because of one Savior and one event that changed everything. It’s Easter! For Pastors, this is the biggie,...

 
 By Don Saul    General    January 23, 2019

Listen for God’s voice l Worship

Indulge me for just a few sentences here … we were in Montana over Christmas, visiting our daughter’s family and our 3-month old grandson. Super cute, of course. One of the many things that caught my attention about him was how tuned-in he was to...

 

Timeless l Worship

Wow! As I sat down to write this article, I realized it will be published on Halloween. So then I was conflicted! Should I write something related to Halloween, or to the election, which is one week away? Well it turns out, neither, actually. I’m... Full story

 

Free indeed

Freedom. Specifically, the freedom a student feels as he or she runs out the door at the end of the last day of school. Remember those days? I sure do. There’s a release that happens: it’s the release of the heavy weight of studying and school re...

 

Plain, brown, and wonderfully special

Yes! Another mystery-bird identified. When we moved here from Minnesota nine years ago, I had to learn the look and names of a whole new list of birds from the songs I heard. I’ve made quite a bit of progress, but there are still some that have...

 

Billy Graham has a new address l Guest View

William Franklin Graham, Jr, went to be with Jesus Christ on Feb. 21, 2018. He was 99 years old when he passed from life on earth to life in Heaven. On his 99th birthday, he taped a message for us of encouragement; a message full of the wisdom of...

 

Cast your cares on Jesus Christ l Worship

The other day I was reading this verse in my Bible: “Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” That was written by the Apostle Peter in his letter, 1 Peter 5:7. My brain stopped on the word, “Cast.” Cast – like casting your... Full story

 

Does your compass point north? I Worship

Pirates of the Caribbean: one of my favorite movies. Jack Sparrow… excuse me, Captain Jack Sparrow, had a compass. It was an odd compass. The needle moved all over the place. Turns out, it didn’t point north; it pointed to the thing the owner...

 

When your battery’s low, recharge with God’s word | Worship

Ever wake up in the morning and discover that your cell phone was only half plugged in!? Now it’s either dead or at something like 2 percent, and you need that phone. That phone is your lifeline to the world. If only you had realized last night... Full story

 

Struggling? Try baring your soul in a psalm | Worship

The Bible is made up of 66 Books. Some are long; some are short. Some are letters written to people or churches, some are prophetic, some are historical, and some are poetic. The Book of Psalms is a collection of 150 poems or lyrics to songs. They... Full story

 
 By Don Saul    General    January 25, 2017

Struggling to believe? Hear His words, then open the door | Worship

A couple of years ago, I wrote an article for this column in which I challenged you on your faith. I asked that if you were struggling to believe who Jesus Christ is, the Son of God and the only way to salvation, then go to God and ask Him to make...

 
 By Don Saul    General    October 19, 2016

Lesson learned: Paying it forward pays off | Worship

As a student, I was never sent to the principal’s office. Last week, however, I was “taken to school,” as the saying goes. I was sent to the office – God’s office. I was on my way to an...

 
 By Don Saul    General    June 29, 2016

God’s reminder: ‘Do not be afraid’ | Worship

Yeah, I wasn’t the biggest kid on the block. As a matter of fact, I was pretty short and thin compared to the other boys in our neighborhood. And, I did get beat up – once. Third grade, walking... Full story

 
 By Don Saul    General    April 13, 2016

God will never abandon us | Worship

I’ll get right to the point. In Jeremiah 29:11, God tells us, “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope an...

 

That one little word with super significance | Worship

The word “the” is pretty much the most boring word there is in the English language. A definitive article, it’s not one of the cool kids such as adjectives or even adverbs. “The” is just there, taking up space on the page. About the only...

 

Truth: Does it really exist? | Worship

In music, there is a note named “middle C.” It is a specific note on a piano from which other notes can be referenced. Do you know what middle C sounds like? Are you sure? Have you ever pulled on your ear while listening to a note? It changes...

 

Open the door to His powerful love | Worship

Zacchaeus and Levi: two famous men from Jesus’ time. Remember why they were famous? They were tax collectors! Now, back then tax collectors weren’t the most popular people in the neighborhood. Many supplemented their income with some of what they... Full story

 

Science will never prove God’s existence | Worship

Every time I start writing a column on science versus faith, some new advancement in technology is announced, and I decide I need to read up on that before I write. Turns out it’s a never ending cycle. So, I guess now is as good a time as any....

 

Invisible but real: Faith, hope and certainty | Worship

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1, NIV) On Easter Sunday, our church went to the beach at Lighthouse Park. We built a really nice fire in one of the fire pits. Well, when it came time... Full story

 

GPS or no, you are not lost to God | Worship

Recently, my wife was working for the day in Snohomish and ended up having to drive home in the dark. This was one of those nights where the fog was so thick that she could barely see the road in front of her car. She carefully inched along Highway...

 

Fight conflict with forgiveness | Worship

Whew. Time to breathe. The holidays are now behind us. Is it just me, or does it seem that time speeds up between November and December? Hosting parties, preparing food, shopping and wrapping, and every other item on my To Do list all melded...

 

Though seasons change, God’s love is unchanging | Worship

Ahhhh. Autumn is my favorite season – even in Washington. Ooh, did I say that out loud? Growing up in upstate New York and in Minnesota (both of which have four seasons per year), I have seen the beauty of red, orange and yellow maple leaves...

 

Reveal your heart through service to others | Worship

One day, Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem with his 12 best friends. He called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. “Instead,...

 

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