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By SMH Webmaster on 10/18/2016 4:33 PM
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them.  And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.”  Matthew 25:14-15

Patricia Bays Haroski celebrated the first Boss’s Day on October 16, 1958 in honor of her father.  It was his birthday and she also worked for him and wanted to let him know what a great boss he was.  She registered the day with the United States Chamber of Commerce and it has been celebrated since then.  On this day employees recognize their bosses by giving cards, lunches and other gifts.
By SMH Webmaster on 10/18/2016 4:30 PM
With the change in weather, there are fewer mosquitos flying around, but here in Kansas City, many people are still finding big, itchy bug bites. The culprit? The oak leaf itch mite. My colleague Anthony Healy, MD, was recently quoted in The Wall Street Journal saying that about one-fifth of his patients have come in with bites, and my husband and I have seen similar numbers in our patients. 
By SMH Webmaster on 10/10/2016 8:47 AM
“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

Christopher Columbus made four trans-Atlantic crossings from Spain in the years 1492, 1493, 1498 and 1502.  He was determined to find a direct route to Asia by going west but he never did.  We celebrate Columbus Day in the US, Spain and Italy because in his quest to find that route, he stumbled upon the Americas.  He was not the first to set foot on what was then known as the new world but his discovery opened the way for Europeans to settle this new found land.
By SMH Webmaster on 10/4/2016 11:04 AM
“Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”  Matthew 1:22-23 NKJV

The Hebrew name Immanuel is mentioned twice in the writings of the Prophet Isaiah and again in the announcement of the birth of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew, referenced above.  It means, God with us.  There is much debate as to what the references in Isaiah might mean but Matthew is clear that it means that God did something very special in sending Jesus into the world.  John, another Gospel writer says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16 NKJV
By SMH Webmaster on 9/26/2016 2:07 PM
“In as much as you have done it unto the least of these, you have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40

As our boat speeds along the Amazon River, I am somewhat melancholic.  We are going home after spending a week providing surgical and medical care to almost 1700 patients.  They came to us from the villages along the Amazon River and from in and around the cities of Iquitos and Pucallpa in Peru.  It was a privilege to be here and to provide some help and relief to those who do not have access to healthcare, mostly because they simply cannot afford it.  But as we head home, I wrestle with the thought that there is still so much to do. 
By SMH Webmaster on 9/19/2016 8:24 AM
“When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear.”  Luke 1:12 defines fear as: “a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined.”  The Greek word in the Bible verse above, phobus, from which we get our English, phobia, is derived from a root word which means, to be put in fear, suggesting that Zechariah was made fearful by something external.  
By SMH Webmaster on 9/12/2016 11:02 AM
“Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,” 1 Chronicles 16:12 NIV

This Psalm (or song) of David encourages us to remember some specific things about our relationship with God.  The word remember, occurs 166 times in the New International Version of the Bible and many of those instances instruct us to be intentional about remembering.  E. G. White counsels, “We have nothing to fear for the future except we should forget how God has led us in the past.”  People tend to forget as time passes unless they are deliberate about remembering.  This counsel, like David’s call to remember, not only encourages us to recall past events but to also and even more importantly, to recall the presence and power of a miracle working God during those events. 

By SMH Webmaster on 9/6/2016 10:20 AM
“But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.” Luke 1:13 KJV 

Have you ever felt forgotten or overlooked?  I imagine that this elderly couple experienced these feeling, among many others.  It hadn’t always been this way.  They were young and hopeful once.  They were newlyweds with hopes of making a home together and starting a family.  They were optimistic about seeing the promises of the prophets fulfilled in their lifetime, like the promise of Jeremiah about prosperity and hope and a future and the promise of the coming Messiah.  They had prayed and believed for these things.  But they were old now and there were no children and Messiah had not come.
By SMH Webmaster on 8/29/2016 9:11 PM
“This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 NKJV When I looked at the calendar hanging on my kitchen wall, I noticed that today was not designated any special significance.  It was just another Monday.  Wanting to be sure I wasn’t missing anything important, I referred to my friends at Google.  Today has been set aside for a couple of important awareness foci, such as, National Sarcoidosis Day and International Day Against Nuclear Tests.  In addition, there are some trivial observances such as, Lemon Juice Day, National Swiss Winegrowers Day and Motorist Consideration Monday (this one should be an everyday observance).  I’m sure that today is someone’s birthday or anniversary, but no national holidays. Mondays are not popular days.  It’s the end of the weekend.  It’s the start of the work week.  Songs have been written about Monday.  In 1966, The Mamas & the Pappas sang, “Every other day of the week is fine, but whenever Monday comes you’ll find me crying all of the...
By SMH Webmaster on 8/22/2016 11:48 AM
“And when she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby wept. So she had compassion on him, and said, “This is one of the Hebrews' children.” Exodus 2:6 NKJV The story of Moses begins with an act of compassion from one least expected to be compassionate. Pharaoh had ordered the slaughter of every male infant in Egypt and when Moses’ mother could no longer hide him, she entrusted him into God’s care through, what might appear to some, a reckless, desperate act.  She set him adrift in a basket on the Nile River. It happened that the daughter of the Pharaoh came upon the basket while she was bathing in the river and reacted to the child’s cry with an act of compassion that would change the course of history.  While her father’s fear of the numerical strength of the enslaved Hebrews led him to resort to infanticide as a population management initiative, her compassion for one of those helpless innocents led her to save him from certain death on the river.  While the hardness of his heart led him to murder, the softness of her heart led her to show mercy....
By SMH Webmaster on 8/19/2016 4:03 PM
Each month I teach a class at Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) called “Babies Don’t Bark.” The name might make you laugh, but this class is one of the most important things you can do to prepare for your baby if you or another caregiver have a dog at home. Dogs and children can have wonderful relationships, but there are also many examples of things that can go terribly wrong when babies are brought into a home with a dog. By taking this class and doing some basic prep work, you’ll ensure your real baby and your fur baby will get along seamlessly. 
By SMH Webmaster on 8/16/2016 1:48 PM
“Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the son of God,” Daniel 3:25 NKJV. It is one of the most well-known and frequently told Bible stories.  It ranks right up there with David and Goliath and is found in the third chapter of Daniel.  It’s the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, sometimes called, “the three Hebrew boys.”  The nation of Judah had been conquered by the Babylonians and among the first wave of those taken captive were these three young men.  God had shown them favor and they had been privileged to work in the service of the king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar.  A typical practice of that time and culture was that the religion of the king was the religion of the people and in some cases, it was enforced under penalty of death.  This king decided he would test the loyalty of his people by demanding that all subjects pay homage to a ninety-foot-tall golden image.  Anyone who failed to do so would...
By SMH Webmaster on 8/8/2016 9:13 AM
“When Jesus heard of it he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities,” Matthew 14:13 KJV. Herod, the Roman governor of Judea, had earlier arrested John the Baptist in an attempt to silence his criticism of him.  It would seem that Herod just wanted get him off the streets and out of the way for a while, but through the duplicity of his wife and step daughter and while under the influence of alcohol, he had been manipulated into putting John to death, a decision that caused him much emotional turmoil.  Guilt and fear can do strange things to the mind.  Paranoia has a way of distorting the facts and in Herod’s case, when he heard of the miracles and teachings of Jesus, he imagined that John the Baptist had returned from the dead and he became fearful of what consequences he might have to face.  When word of Herod’s mental state reached Jesus, he decided to take some time to think and pray so he departed by boat to a remote...
By SMH Webmaster on 8/5/2016 11:37 AM
“Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father's house have sinned.” Nehemiah 1:6 KJV Nehemiah was among the Jews who had remained in Persia after many of his kinsmen had returned to Jerusalem when the Babylonian captivity had ended.  He was now in service to the King of Persia as his cupbearer.  In this role, not only was he constantly in the presence of the king, but it was his responsibility to taste the king’s food and drink to ensure that it was not poisoned.  Nehemiah put his life on the line every single day to preserve the life of the king.  At first I thought this was a position of forced servitude but further reading suggests that Nehemiah counted this position an honor. When Nehemiah learned of the living conditions of his people in Jerusalem, his ancestral...
By SMH Webmaster on 7/25/2016 7:54 AM
“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” Psalm 56:3 KJV   King David is credited with the writing of this Psalm while he was being held prisoner by the Philistines.  It was a situation that caused him to be fearful, after all, David had killed Goliath, their champion and routed the Philistine army many years earlier and this looked a lot like an opportunity to avenge their champion and restore Philistine pride.  The Hebrew word translated afraid in this verse is rendered, fear 188 times, afraid 78 times and terrible or terrible thing 29 times in the King James Version of the Bible.  David was not just a little nervous here.  He was afraid for his life.   Fear was not a new emotion for David.  He knew it as a shepherd when he single-handedly fought lions and bears to protect the flock.  He knew it as a youth when he faced the giant, Goliath on the battle field and he knew it when he was hunted by a jealous and enraged King Saul.  The lessons for us in this passage is twofold.  Firstly, fear is not a unique...
By SMH Webmaster on 7/18/2016 7:48 AM
 “…seek peace pursue it.” Psalm 34:14b “If I could just get some peace…!”  It’s the harried cry of a busy mother with no time for herself.  It’s the stressed out response of the busy professional starting the next big project with all of the other demands still snapping at his heels.  It’s the cry of the chronically ill patient who can see no end to their suffering.  It’s the desperate plea of the financially overextended as they look at the ringing telephone knowing instinctively that it’s another harassing call from a debt collector and it’s in the nocturnal tears of someone in a volatile and complex relationship. One of my favorite Psalms is Psalm 34.  I love the way that it shows God present, interested and active in the lives of hurting people.  Verse twelve poses the question; who wants a good long life?  The answer that follows includes some restrictive imperatives.  Don’t speak evil, don’t tell lies and don’t do evil things to people but the second part of verse fourteen says what we must do to have...
By SMH Webmaster on 7/5/2016 10:59 AM
"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." Mathew 5:14-16 NKJV   Jesus makes a bold statement declaring that his followers are the light of the world.  It is also a great compliment because it associates his followers with him.  He declared himself to be the light of the world, promising if any believed in him they would not walk in darkness.  The verse above states that those who are the light of the world have a responsibility to illuminate the world around them. T.D. Jakes states in one of his sermons that light is disruptive, it disrupts darkness.  Darkness can no longer be the same when light is present.  The light that lit the house in Jesus day was a simple oil lamp that produced about as much light as a candle.  When lit, it was placed on a lampstand that allowed more light to fill the room....
By SMH Webmaster on 6/29/2016 9:26 AM
“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” Psalm 5:3 KJV Nature begins each day with worship.  The sun gradually climbs up from below the horizon, its light gently breaking upon the earth.  With every passing second, its brightness increases, coloring the sky with a thousand different hues.  Brighter and brighter it grows, as if directed by a celestial conductor, directing it into a magnificent crescendo until it burns in its fullness, emitting heat and light, declaring, as the Psalmist says in 19:1, “the Glory of God.” The birds begin their morning with a song, quietly at first, then one by one as they awake, each adds its own part to the morning composition, which brand new, makes its debut performance each and every day.  The sound of their chorus clings to the air and is carried on the wind, a morning worship song to their creator. The Psalmist joins in the song of nature by raising his voice in the morning so that his morning...
By SMH Webmaster on 6/20/2016 3:26 PM
 “And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” Genesis 1:31   In 1979, Bo Derek and Dudley Moore co-starred in the romantic comedy, “10”.  A story about composer-playwright in mid-life, pursuing the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen, described as an eleven on a scale of ten. Ten is the sought after, perfect score pursued by “Dancing with the Stars” contestants.  Cosmetic companies market products that promise but never deliver, perfect skin.  Imperfect parents want perfect kids with perfect teeth and perfect GPA’s.  What is it about human beings and our quest for perfection?  Is perfection the standard?   The Bible says that God took six days to create the earth and at the end of day’s one through five, as he reviewed the day’s work he declared it, “good.”  On the last day of creation as God reviewed all that he had made, including living creatures and human beings, the Bible says it was, “very good”.  The earth was fresh from...
By SMH Webmaster on 6/13/2016 3:25 PM
“But we had to celebrate and rejoice because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” Luke 15:32   Jesus told three stories for this parable.  The first is a story about a lost sheep, the second about a lost coin and the third about a lost son.  The stories are tied together by two common threads; we demonstrate the value of that which is lost by the lengths to which we will go to recover it.  The second thread is that we demonstrate the value of what was lost by the enthusiasm with which we celebrate its restoration.   The shepherd left his ninety-nine other sheep safely in the fold and went in search of the one lost sheep.  The woman turned on the lights and swept the whole house, moving everything until she found the lost coin.  The boy’s father constantly looked for his son, hoping every day, that he would come home again.   How did the sheep, coin and boy get lost?  One of the characteristics of sheep is that they are prone to wander off.  Sometimes it is because...
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