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Wise Steps

If I have learned anything from working through the book of Proverbs, it should be the problem with pride. While I would like to think that the Lord has helped me stay humble, there are still weak...

 

Vacation Observations and Lessons

In my most recent column I mentioned looking forward to our big family vacation. I stated that you may be hearing more about it in the future. Now that I have been back for over a week, I thought I...

 

Looking Forward

As you read these words, I will have just completed what may be our last family vacation. Only the Lord knows the future; but my sons are young adults now. Between them working and being in college,...

 
 By PASTOR LEE SEESE    Faith    July 1, 2021

From the Mailbag

With the holiday weekend upon us, I thought I would do something a bit different. I am taking a break from my Proverbs series to answer your questions as I open up the reader mailbag. It will be a...

 

Summer Wisdom

This summer has already been interesting. I booked a family vacation for California. We watched our youngest son graduate from high school and vacation without us. I got to play disc golf with my...

 
 By PASTOR LEE SEESE    Faith    June 3, 2021

Control Patrol

Most people know that there are things in life that we can control. I control my thermostat – until my wife changes it. I decide what clothes I will put on in the morning and how fast I will drive. Folks also realize that there are some things...

 

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For over a year, my bicycle has been hanging in the garage – untouched. It needed new brakes, tires and an overall tune up. Since I have no mechanical abilities, I broke down and decided to take it...

 

Heart of Grief and Peace

Recently I found myself in an interesting position. Although I help people prepare for grief and in the midst of their grief, this was a new one. It is different when family is involved. What made it...

 

Just the Facts from Proverbs

Recently I have been watching old episodes of the TV show Dragnet from the late 1960s. I am not sure why I am getting into it but I find it very interesting despite the stiff, predictable acting and...

 

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Some people find the number 13 to be unlucky for some reason. I never heard the reasoning behind that superstition. Some tall buildings go from floor 12 to floor 14 just to avoid the dreaded number. O...

 

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As I continue to write this series of observations and applications from the book of Proverbs it becomes increasingly clear to me that it is easier to write about God's truth than it is to obey it....

 

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I am nearly 2.5 years into my ministry as a hospice chaplain. Time flies. I like most everything about the job. I am able to meet amazing people and share God's Word with them. We listen to and...

 

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Think about the various things you think about and deal with on any given day. One minute you can be at peace and looking forward to something and the next you may be sad and troubled. Your good...

 

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I do not like saying goodbye. I suppose most people are the same way. For years I served on a national board associated with our fellowship of churches. Twice a year about a dozen of us got together from around the country with the goal of making...

 

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At Christmas, certain things just go together. There is mistletoe and holly, Bing Crosby and White Christmas, red and green, Mary and Joseph, Santa and reindeer, milk and cookies, fruitcake...

 

Christmas Is Coming

I remember as a teen, hearing John Denver and the Muppets sing a song I had never heard before. It was sung in the round. Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat. Please put a penny in the old...

 

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You may know some people who like to talk. Some folks go on and on in their speech. Of course, there is nothing wrong with being talkative. The problem is when a person talks without being a good...

 

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Just about everyone has had experience with at least one hospital if not multiple ones in their lifetime. It all began the moment most of us were born. Of course, we cannot recall the moment of birth...

 

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Editor's Note: Due to unforseen events, Pastor Lee Seese was unable to write a column for this week. The column below appeared in the Oct. 11, 2018, edition of the Herald. Some scattered, random thoug...

 

Wisdom and Folly, Continued

As the trees in the valleys and on the hills and mountains of Pennsylvania become more colorful, I am reminded of several things. The seasons and leaves change but God never does. He remains faithful...

 

Staring and Listening In

Some weird things happen to me almost every day in my ministry as a hospice chaplain. People stare at me and folks eavesdrop on my conversations. There are other unique things that go on as well, but...

 

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Last night I drove my car in a strange manner and it malfunctioned. I ended up safely at the airport, only to realize I did not have my passport or driver's license. I searched frantically for my lice...

 

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As the unique summer of 2020 winds down, I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to contribute to this space for over three years. It is challenging to me that it cannot be more of a...

 

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I thought I would take a break from my series of columns from the Proverbs to reflect on my recently completed hurricane-shortened, mask-wearing vacation. I can still remember the vacations of my...

 

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If you have adult children you can probably relate to what I have been experiencing over the past several years. My sons are 17 and 18. They are not children anymore. And though they want to be...

 

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As we are now midway through the hot summer, I thought it would be cool to continue looking at the Proverbs. I know some folks read a Proverb a day to keep foolishness away. I have at times prayed...

 
 By PASTOR LEE SEESE    Faith    July 2, 2020

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As hospice chaplain of almost two years I have grown accustomed to the challenges of ministering to dear folks who have dementia. Just today I visited with someone I have seen for over a year. She...

 

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When I was 18 years old I did something for the first time. I became friends with a black man. In fact, in my freshman year of college there were two African American guys who I got to know. The one...

 
 By PASTOR LEE SEESE    Faith    June 4, 2020

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I cut the grass today. Maybe you did too. Perhaps you wish your health still would permit you to do so. Some people love to mow the lawn. When my dad was alive it was one of his favorite things to do...

 
 By PASTOR LEE SEESE    Faith    May 21, 2020

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Late every summer we hear the term "back to school." There are back-to-school sales, band camps and fall sports practices. In some cases, parents are counting the days until the kids can return. Of...

 
 By PASTOR LEE SEESE    Faith    May 7, 2020

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I must admit that I do not feel like writing this column today. I really did not feel like writing it yesterday either. However, you obviously feel like reading it; so I will press ahead. Think of...

 

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A few weeks ago it was a beautiful spring day with warm temperatures and blue skies. It is not unusual for my wife and me to go for a walk in our neighborhood, which is at the base of a mountain. But...

 

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This will be an Easter weekend like we have never seen before. There will be no crowded malls with people looking for a new Easter outfit. If a person had an Easter outfit, they would not have a...

 

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I strongly considered writing about something other than dealing with the coronavirus. But it is about all that anyone is talking about and dealing with at the moment. Much has changed even since my...

 

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Lately I have been thinking about numbers. I doubt that Numbers is your favorite book of the Bible. It does, however, contain some interesting digits and stories. There were 603,550 Israelite men...

 

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Of the many words of Jesus that have been quoted and scrutinized there are some that are easy to overlook. In the midst of a long list of challenging statements which have come to be known as the...

 

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Billy Graham told the story of meeting a less fortunate man on the street. He gave the man some money and asked him what his greatest need was. He did not mention money or a job or house. The man...

 

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The other day I preached from 1 John 3 and was reminded of a verse that is so easily overlooked and a truth taken so lightly. It may be because the first verse of the chapter contains the "L" word....

 

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In my previous column I discussed how every day is a holy day and should be seen as a gift from God. We should be grateful for each day we wake up and can work, play, help others and worship the Lord....

 

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The ball has dropped in New York. The confetti is cleaned up. Folks who drank too much are finally feeling better. Most unwanted Christmas gifts have been returned. Very few Christmas trees or light...

 

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I am not one of those parents. For years proud parents have sent out Christmas letters (or posts) with updates on their family and all the accomplishments of their children. My sons are fine young...

 

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It is Christmas time in the city and the Cove. It seems like each year the season begins sooner. If the proper focus is on the Christmas holiday it is not necessarily a bad thing that we think of...

 

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"I want it now!" You may or may not have said that statement aloud at some point. But you probably thought it; maybe many times. We live in a world where we want things conveniently and quickly. The...

 

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It's beginning to look a lot like...Election Day. While some local elections just concluded the election I am talking about what takes place in one year. It is hard to believe but the countdown to...

 

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Around my house rarely does a day go by without some mention of practice. Whether it is basketball or baseball, musical or play practice, worship team or something else, on any given night at least...

 

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I have written about and enjoyed God’s amazing grace for a long time. I can’t think of a bigger concept and fact in life. God loves me and demonstrated His grace through Jesus’ death and resurre...

 

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So there I was. It was a beautiful late summer evening and my son and I were on our way to the first high school football game which was about an hour away. He was driving since he has his permit and...

 

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Singing in church is an interesting thing. Some people feel that when one sings in church that they are worshipping. That should be the case, but it is a matter of the heart. Others think that...

 

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It is hard to believe but just about every student is back to school. How many times have you recently heard people comment on how quickly summer flew by? Folks asked my sons if they were ready to go back to school. I reminded my eldest that it was...

 

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Recently my four siblings and our families had a 24-hour reunion trip to Pittsburgh. We took in some sights and did things most of us had never done, even though the majority of us live fairly close...

 

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