A Tale of Two Tempests, Irma & Alia

It was supposed to be an uneventful road trip to Virginia and New York, concluding with a pleasant family wedding in Baltimore. After the mayhem of August, we sorely needed a stretch of sanity in our schedule. Most have read already of our momentary housing crisis that began August 5th, when we...

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Trenton, New Jersey

As General George Washington pondered the 1,500 Hessian troops quartered in Trenton, New Jersey across the Delaware River, he knew it was an all or nothing moment in the Revolutionary War for Independence from Britain. Morale among his men was at an all time low, desertion was increasing, and his...

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Annapolis, Maryland

Of the congressmen, dignitaries, and military officers present that day, not one could refrain from weeping openly. One of the greatest men in world history stood before them in the Annapolis, Maryland Capitol building, and commenced to do what no General had ever before done. The monarchs in...

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Springfield, Illinois

Abraham Lincoln is rightly praised as one of the greatest presidents in American history. When he left Springfield, Illinois after a 25 year residency, headed for the White House, he delivered a powerful speech to the public, bidding them farewell, and declaring these words: “I go to assume a task...

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Salt Lake City, Utah

History buffs love the fact that there are always a thousand new things to learn about history. For example, I totally did not know that Utah, the Beehive State, was nicknamed thus because their first choice for a state name, “Deseret” (a religious word meaning “beehive”), was nixed by the Feds in...

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Stories From The Dominican Republic

Twenty one years ago I visited the Dominican Republic, and upon departure vowed to never return.  It remained for all these years as the only nation where I had made such a rash pledge, provoked by my frustration with warring churches & competitive leaders. I have never been so glad to have...

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Peruvian Amazon Testimony 2015

Dear Praying Friends, God has given us yet another extraordinary time in Peru, our eighth time ministering in this nation since first coming in 1999.  This time, our target group was the Candoshi tribe, a distant people group of around 2,500 persons, who live far up into the Amazon toward Ecuador,...

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2015 Brake Ministries Vision

This past year has been extraordinary, but the year we have just begun will be even greater. This is not a daydream or crossed fingers. The Bible tells us that God takes people of faith from “glory to glory”. We have believed this and lived by it, and now, in 2015, our 35th year of cross cultural...

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God And Guns

ON THE GLORY OF GOD AND GUNS I do not have a phobia about weapons.  My earliest memory of a firearm was during a visit to my grandparents hillbilly home in Hodgesville, West Virigina.  A large muskrat was minding his own business walking next to a stream across the road, and my Uncle Gene came out...

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40 Week Marriage Devotional

WEEK #12 – KATHMANDU’S ROYAL KUMARI, THE LIVING GODDESS Peeking out the airplane window at the summit of Everest while flying out of Nepal, my mind is filled with thoughts of Kathmandu’s Kumari.  I had seen flashes of her on television as she was carried through the streets of the city in...

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The Life Of Betty Forsterling

Most of our friends have never heard of Betty.  I officiated for her burial service in June of 2013, 2 weeks after her 103rd birthday.  She was in her right mind, capable of quoting and writing hundreds of Scriptures from memory, and full of the joy of the Lord. Betty was born at the height of the...

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