• The world’s oldest man died on Sunday. His name was Chitetsu Watanabe, from Niigata in northern Japan. He lived to be 112 years old. Earlier this year he was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest man. 


    At the Guinness ceremony at the nursing home where he lived, Watanabe credited his long life to avoiding anger and smiling a lot. His daughter-in-law Yoko Watanabe testified to seeing him live those ideals. 

  • I like movies. My son, Ethan, and I have watched many of them together over the years. One movie we went to see a few years ago was the remake of “True Grit.” While it’s tough to beat the original version with John Wayne, I really enjoyed the latest version of this classic western. One of the things I particularly liked about it was the musical score. If you listen closely, you can hear the song “Leaning On The Everlasting Arms.” The words of this song give us confidence that we are indeed “safe and secure from all alarms” when we trust in God.

    The reality for us today is that we live in a world that is often far from safe.

  • Today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. He was born February 12, 1809 in a one-room log cabin on Sinking Spring Farm near Hodgenville, Kentucky. He was elected the 16th President of the United States on November 6, 1860. Although Lincoln’s faith was very private, he did quote often from the Bible. Two of his four sons died before he was assassinated. It is said that the loss of his son, Edward in 1850 drove him to express more of a need to depend on God.