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Why Seek the Dead Among the Living?

Why Seek the Dead Among the Living?

Almost everyone lives with some form of regret. In my youth, I considered trying out for a professional football team. Having the size and speed, I thought I could make it. But three weeks before training camp, a mature mentor who I respect deeply, had a father-son...

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Can You Hear Your Alarm?

Can You Hear Your Alarm?

Do not quench the Spirit.  (1 Thessalonians 5:19 ) I awoke unusually refreshed, and the daylight seemed brighter than normal. I stretched comfortably, enjoying my sheet’s softness and warmth. Then panic set in as I realized I had overslept—on a workday.Snatching my...

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That’s My Beautiful Bride, Daddy!

That’s My Beautiful Bride, Daddy!

That He might present her to Himself a glorious church [bride], not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. (Ephesians 5:27, brackets added)  Their courtship was long and difficult—but well worth the wait. He loved...

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What You Can Learn From My Limp

What You Can Learn From My Limp

So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched. And he was limping because of his hip. (Genesis 32:24-25, 31 / NIV) Dad was a...

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God, Please Make My Will Your Will

God, Please Make My Will Your Will

Pray for us to the Lord your God, that the Lord your God may show us the way in which we should walk and the thing we should do. Whether it is pleasing or displeasing, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God. (Jeremiah 42:2-3, 6 / NKJV) “God, please tell me or show...

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C’mon People, Get Your Clothes On!

C’mon People, Get Your Clothes On!

To give them…the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the...

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What’s Choking Your Harvest?

What’s Choking Your Harvest?

Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful (Mark 4:18-19). Is something choking your spiritual life? In the...

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The Loving Touch of Pruning

The Loving Touch of Pruning

Every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.  (John 15:2) When I prune a tree or bush I don’t care about, I quickly use the hedge clippers to cut it back without a second thought. When it comes to a special tree, my pruning is more strategic...

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