Creekbank Blog

Wed. Aug. 4

Faith that the thing can be done is essential to any great achievement.  -Thomas Carruther Thoughts on revising a 90,000 word novel: “If it was easy, everybody would be doing it.” Morale is the single greatest factor in successful wars. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Tues. Aug. 3

Down in the Well “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…”   Proverbs 3:4 My neighbor Dudley Mercer tells a story from his Dry Creek childhood.  His family farm had a 35-foot deep well on which they relied for all of their water needs. Dudley’s family also had a problem: one of their …

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Mon. August 2

“Let another praise you…” The Parable of the Big Mouth Frog. Share this simple proverb with your children. Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips. …. Proverbs 27:2 There is a memorable proverb about a big-mouthed frog that lived in Canada.  Each year he enviously watched the geese wing their way …

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Sun. August 1

“Simplicity, carried to the extreme, is elegance.”   -Jon Franklin. Lord, teach me to be a simple man. Amen Today, August 1, is always a special/bittersweet day. My father, Clayton Iles, would be 76 today.  I listened to a song on my iPod last night and thought, “Daddy, would have liked that version. I wish I could play it for him.”  …

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Sat. July 31

“Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of God no matter what the conflict.”  -Anon.

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Fri. July 30

“It is only when we begin to worship that we begin to grow.”  -Calvin Coolidge “How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.”   –Publilus Syrus The spiritual theme of my upcoming novel,  A Spent Bullet, is that “the hardest person to forgive is yourself.” I believe that oftentimes we have been the recipients of God’s complete forgiveness because of the …

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Thur. July 29

Whatever your hand finds to do, do with all your strength.   Ecclesiastes 9:10 If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right. Especially if it’s for God. There is no room in the Christian life for sloppy, slip-shoddy work. Whatever we do should be a reflection of the Jesus we serve. And He only deserves our best. My prayer is that …

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Wed. July 28

“An unused life is an early death.” -van Goethe “Lord, use me today to make a positive difference in at least one life. Amen

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Tues. July 27

Two Cups of Coffee This morning I poured two cups of coffee even though I’m alone. Both now sit on my desk. I recall the words of T.W. Hunt, the author of The Mind of Christ, “Sometimes when I’ve not felt as close to the Lord as I wish, I’ll pour a second cup of coffee and take it with …

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July 20 Thoughts on a black mamba

Snake in the Church!     Scripture:  “You have not lied to men, but to God.”  -Peter in Acts 5:4 Last month, I was speaking in Samaria Baptist Church, Goma, Congo. Suddenly two men sitting by the side door jumped up and began scuffling outside the doorway. Initially I thought it was a fight. Then I wondered if someone had …

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Mon. July 19

In chapter 11 of my upcoming novel, A Spent Bullet, a Grasshopper scout plane crash lands into the Reed family okra patch.  It’s nose and propeller bury in the ground, and Mr. Reed (Poppa) brings his plow team to pull it loose. This brings on a conversation between the pilot and the old farmer about the values of “horsepower.” This …

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July 10

Old lumber   Then King Asa brought all the men of Judah, and they carried away from Ramah the stones and timber Baasha had been using. With them he built up Geba and Mizpah. II Chron. 16:6   Old lumber still builds well. It’s a maxim that any carpenter knows. Just because wood is old doesn’t diminish its value. Along …

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Mon. July 5

“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain, and most fools do.”  – Ben Franklin

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July 1

That’s one thing I like about these Congolese Christians. They aren’t asking for a handout, but rather a handup. It’s the best way we Americans can support God’s work in Africa.

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