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Lew Newkirk is a much loved former Pastor of Casey Baptist Church who served there for 5 years. His ministry to us continues today through the devotionals featured here for your encouragement.

Grandfather

My grandfather and I were close, and I spent quite a bit of time at the big old farmhouse where he and Grandma lived. On one occasion when I was 8 or 9yrs. old I was pushing the wheelbarrow down the lane behind him. We were going to put out a saltblock for the cows. Grandpa Will walked slowly supported by two canes, and when we got to where we were going he got on his knees, took the sledgehammer and wooden stake out of the wheelbarrow and started to pound the stake in the ground. He had it almost done when he missed the stake and fell forward, I grabbed him to keep him from falling on the stake. He claimed I saved his life.

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Duke

“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:19,20)

When I was about 8 yrs. old I rode a pony for the first time. He belonged to my cousins, and his name was Bucky. It wasn’t long before I began to beg my parents for my own pony. My grandfather came to my rescue and took me and my Father to look at a pony he knew was for sale. As soon as I saw him I wanted to ride him and jumped on without a saddle and promptly fell off over the other side! I landed on the concrete barn floor on my hip. As much as it hurt I didn’t say anything because I wanted that pony so bad! (I remember that I limped for several weeks!) Grandpa bought me the pony (Yes, I was his favourite, too.) and I was the happiest kid in the neighbourhood.

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Stepping Stones In My Life

I came across these few sentences by Amy Carmichael the other day: “Every true, loving, faithful thought, deed, word, helps to build the stepping-stones by which others rise. Every untrue, unloving, unfaithful thought, deed, word, helps to build stumbling- blocks over which others fall. God help us all to build stepping-stones.” That set me to thinking about people in my life that have been stepping-stones.

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Grandmother's Sugar Cookies

My memories of my Grandmother are many, but one of my fondest is of her sugar cookies baked in the wood stove oven. I loved those cookies! The crock in her country kitchen never seemed to be empty of them. But as much as I liked those cookies, I disliked raisins (sultanas)...and wouldn’t take one of those cookies if there was a raisin in the middle. And as a little kid I couldn’t be convinced otherwise. Fortunately, my grandmother spoiled me by occasionally making some of her cookies without the raisin in the middle. (I think I was her favourite.)

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The End of the Day

In the Gospel of Matthew we have recorded 3 chapters brimming over with Jesus’ instructions to His disciples. He starts with the Beatitudes and goes on to cover topics such as loving our enemies, praying, loyalty, etc. Halfway through He adds a warning that there will be few who follow the narrow path of discipleship. Most will take the broad way which seems to have few restrictions, but few will find the narrow pathway and take it. (Jesus adds that at the end of the day He will not be fooled by hypocrites professing to be disciples who do not do the will of God but use religion for their own ends.)

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