Category: Connections Articles

Bury the Hatchet


Have you ever been hurt by someone? Maybe it happened recently, or maybe it was decades ago…but you just haven’t been able to forget about it. The memory causes you to seethe inwardly. You know it’s not right, but you don’t know what to do about it. Is there any way to break free? You’re […]

The Center of Attention

Center of Attention

What is wrong with me? I know I’m not that bad of a shot. I had been invited to a men’s meeting in West Virginia, and, of course, the schedule included the obligatory target shooting of .22’s. Exasperated, I peered once again through the scope attached to the gun I had borrowed. Seriously? No holes […]

Sin, Salvation, & Snakes


Which animals do you fear the most? For most of us, snakes rate high on the list of “a few of my least-favorite things.” Although we recognize the important role they play in nature, those slippery legless reptiles tend to show up when they are least welcome. Immediately we attempt to recall that life-saving ditty […]

When A Little Is A Lot


I paused momentarily in the doorway, purposefully assessing my surroundings. We had just disembarked from the tram, negotiated the dusty corridor of a rundown furniture factory, and entered an abandoned warehouse. My friend and I had accepted an invitation to have dinner in this place by a family we had met in church while doing […]

How to Conquer a Task


Success! Triumph! Victory! While I may not actually shout these words every time I experience a sense of achievement, sometimes it is tempting. There is little that can compare to the feeling of accomplishment whenever a task is completed. It really does not even matter how big or small the task is. I just like […]

Wash Those Smelly Feet


On a recent visit to the grocery store, I saw something that disturbed me. Surprisingly, it had nothing to do with exorbitant prices or people wearing their pajamas in public. It was something I had observed many times before, but it still agitates me. As I struggled to maneuver my cart of merchandise through the […]

Uncle Sam Needs You!


The year was 1914. Much of the world had immersed itself into what would become known as World War I. Although the United States had not yet become involved, American military leaders were beginning to make preparations. Participation in the conflict seemed inevitable. On July 6, 1916, the cover of Leslie’s Weekly displayed a picture […]