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  1. Samantha says:

    Thank you for this. It helps when it’s too late in the day to go to a pastor with the question, “why does other people’s sin affect me?” We are relational beings. Without effects there wouldn’t be any learning.

  2. Risa says:

    I was blessed and encouraged as I read the story of the young woman who went to a silversmith to understand what a refiners fire. It is true we will all go through the fire at some point in our lives. Just like the three hebrew children shadrach, meschach and abendigo. But the comfort is knowing that we are not alone. that God is there with us. In the case of the silversmith, he is intently watching us, observing us, seeing what is truly in our hearts. It is at these times we can see truly what is in our own heart. He is purifying our hearts. When the process is complete he sees a reflection of himself. I think we can prolong the process of purification by our attitude. If we give God praise in the midst of the firey furnance, he helps us to endure the process while giving us peace in the midst of it.

  3. Jim Golden says:

    Love it!! I will make an appointment for your chiropractor when you return. I hear he has installed a medieval rack for this purpose. Stay safe and God Bless!!

  4. Mikey G says:

    Sounds fun – takes me back to days gone by on public transport in Kenya =)~

  5. John & Naomi says:

    Tell Phil to let you drive! You are hilarious!

  6. Hannah says:

    This is hilarious!

  7. TimYoung says:

    Wow. In case you are wondering, when I was in Mexico and faced with a similar challenge, I filled a plastic water bottle & left it in the sun. Then, with a hole poked in the top, I could spray myself off. Adding a bar of soap and a wash-cloth to the mix was the final thing. If you want to take a nice, comfortable shower, bring your wife next time. She will think of such things for you.

  8. Dwayne Pugh says:

    Speaking of vocabulary words…Baré? What’s that? Is that like, “Hold my Baré, and watch this?” Nothing like a good cold Baré after a hard day’s work?

  9. Mercy says:

    Yes like the above we use sun to help on cold shower in Ethiopia. That’s very common to do, so you need to come to some places in Ethiopia and try it more. For sure you will enjoy the weather 🙂

  10. David says:

    The mental pictures…I laughed. Long and loudly. Congrats on another hilarious article.

  11. John & Naomi says:

    Better not be “beer.”

  12. Mark P says:

    Loved your story, Craig! I’ve had similar experiences in India and Ethiopia, so I can empathize :-).


  13. Mark P says:

    You spin a great yarn, Craig. Loved it!


  14. John & Naomi says:

    Great Scott!! What a ride! What did you do or say to Phil to make him want to drown you?!! I laughed and laughed! You are right on up there with Patrick MacManus!

    1. craig says:

      I didn’t do anything. That is considered a tribal honor, to be given the fastest ride. 🙂

  15. jerry stephens says:

    Can I reprint pass issues of Today’s Meditations?

    1. craig says:

      Contact me using the “Contact” form and let me know a little bit more about where you are wanting to use the Meditations. I’ll be happy to work with you in any way I can to see the Meditations passed along to other people.

  16. Lingani Mabutho says:

    We should crucify every sinful nature and passion and abide to Christ Jesus our Lord.amen

  17. kakaire charles says:


  18. Kerri Bazzell says:

    Dear Craig,
    Hello. I am the editor of the Informer, a free quarterly publication of the Oklahoma Christian Home Educators Consociation. The Old Schoolhouse sent me a copy of your article, 52 Godly Men, and I must applaud you. I think this would be a great inspiration for our Oklahoma homeschooling families, and I would like permission to reprint the article. We will include a byline such as the one in TOS magazine with your link. We can also offer you a copy of the print magazine when it is published if you will send a mailing address. Thank you very much.
    Grace and peace,
    Kerri Bazzell, editor

  19. Bereket says:

    This is really amazing! God richly bless the children and grand children of Mr. Thomson

  20. reginald cosby says:

    This is very interesting. I completely understand. Thank you.

  21. Sharen says:

    Thank you for helping us to remember what Thanksgiving is truly about. God Bless You!

  22. Sherri Smith says:

    Great job! Pointed message. The little girl is the best!!

  23. Marsha says:

    Thank you. Loved it.

  24. Kathy says:

    Perhaps this should be shown on retail TV’s while folks are shopping for a good deal. Working in retail I see firsthand how people are caught up in the “religious” side of a commercial Christ-mas.

    God Bless for continuing your race!

  25. Ja says:

    This child stole the show! “And a little child shall lead them.” (Isaiah 11:6).

    She was worth the price of admission! Thank you all for providing this vignette in gentle fun.

  26. Ayoola says:

    Awesome article. it definitely clarified some of my reflections on walking with God. Check out for similar reflections. God bless your obedience.

  27. Bryn Santistevan says:

    Thank you so very much for this! I was recently divorced and thankfully have the children with me, am homeschooling, and working part time. I am always tired and still know that I’m not putting in as much as the proverbs 31 woman. Learning to not give into feelings has been a very slow and gradual lesson but it’s leaning towards victory by Gods grace. I really appreciate what you wrote. Thank you for your short insightful, helpful, Chrisr centered articles. God bless you!

  28. Kayvonna Stigall says:

    Hi! Love this poem! We are having a Youth Conference this weekend and I would love to have one of our youth recite this poem on Sunday morning! I was checking to see if I need permission to do so?

  29. Deb says:

    This is so very well presented and so solid! So few Christians understand God’s law and purpose. As one studies the application of these principles across families, churches, communities and governments, the implications are limitless. Sin infects the whole. God grant that the church community would return to holiness and the fear of the Lord. God grant that Christians would return to the word of God. God grant us ears to hear and eyes to see. Lord, save us from our sins!

  30. Mom says:

    Great job!

  31. Kathy says:

    Believing God is easier than not, it makes life complicated and hard. Thanks Brother for your obedience!

  32. Kim Ivey says:

    Yes,indeed, the little girl brought the word of truth and was so cute! Well done!

  33. Kim Ivey says:


  34. […] First Real Thanksgiving.”  This is a sequel to last year’s skit, “‎Bad Thanksgiving Habits and How They Started.” It was performed by the drama team at Westmore COG on Sunday, Nov 20, 2016. This skit […]

  35. […] The sequel to this skit (from 2016) is titled Mary’s First Real Thanksgiving. […]

  36. Neelam dass says:

    It gives me the meaning of my dream which I had at night. I saw myself fighting with a lion after he attacked one of my friend. I rescued my friend and then i started fighting with lion. I beat lion two times but again he attacked me then i killed that lion .

  37. George Klassen says:

    I did same thing to memorize psalm 51

  38. Jeff Martin says:


    Thanks for the message at the conference in July.
    I learned a lot at the conference!


  39. Vanessa Astley says:

    What if the word was “you need to give Simon up” but you married him anyway ?

    1. craig says:

      1 Corinthians 7 gives the commands we are to follow at that point. If a believer has a spouse who is content to dwell with the believer, then the believer is not to depart from his/her spouse. Paul makes that point very clear.

  40. Neena says:

    Mark 9:24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

  41. Clint smith says:

    I’ve lost my strength in faith over the years… as I turn began to notice I need to try harder to regain the spirit… something this morning told me that I needed to read David and Goliath and to study it… so that I may know the facts and the names of all involved…..i believe god was giving me instructions on how to begin to rely and trust in the word..of the Bible….I’m glad I did… I pray that I can regain some the favor I once new as a young man…

  42. Rosie says:

    I am greatly blessed by your messages. I am in the fiery furnace at this time and it is hot, but I know my God is with me and will see me through. His Word says ‘Never will I leave you, Never will i forsake you’. So I know that I will one day shine for my Jesus and He will see His face in me! So hold on all you who are also being refined. There are better times ahead. Just have the faith and trust our God no matter how hot it gets.

  43. Craig, what a lovely reminder, I am one of those blessed people who have a business run by the best CEO ever – Our Father God.
    I have many opportunities to just sit & thank him for His AMAZING Provision.
    Currently, listening to wood pigeons cooing to each other, water running in my fountain & some other birds chattering away in a suburb of the city of Geelong Victoria Australia.
    Have enjoyed your Meditations for many a year & frequently cut & paste them onto Facebook.
    This article particularly caught my attention – thank you Craig.
    I find Facebook an EXTRAORDINARY way of ministering to others worldwide.
    May God continue to bless you, keep you safe & ALWAYS inspire to reach out to others in Jesus Mighty Name Amen
    Your Sister in Christ, Melinda

    1. craig says:

      Sounds like you are blessed to be in a great spot to enjoy creation! Thank you for the encouragement.

  44. John Gardner says:

    This is a great article.

  45. carol faville says:

    Are you from NYS??

    1. craig says:

      NYS? New York State? Not sure what you mean by NYS?

  46. Kay says:

    I love all the posts

  47. Rodney & Carol Friend says:

    Nicely done, thanks for sharing this with us.

    1. craig says:

      Hey Rodney/Carol. Thanks for the comment. God’s blessings on your health and ministry.

  48. Linda says:

    Craig, this is an outstanding skit. Reminded me of my Dad, although he has been in Heaven for many years. Thanks for sharing.

    1. craig says:

      Glad to bring back a good memory.

  49. Glenda says:

    Such a great idea to encapsulate the ongoing effect of a hands on father. It is also impressive your 4 primary blessings were willing and fully capable of illustrating your point. Job well done!

    1. craig says:

      Thanks. Not all the children in this video are mine. I’ll leave it to the viewers to sort that one out.