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Putting It Simply

“But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42, ESV I tend to over-think things a lot. Everything … Continue reading

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Animated Dust

18 “I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’ Luke 15:18-19, NLT … Continue reading

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Love Means You’re Real

  “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” – 1 John 3:18  Often people will look at someone, and try to figure them out– they listen to their words or vocabulary.  … Continue reading

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Battle Scars

It is a bad habit to try to teach without personal knowledge. We can preach, but we do not possess. This is one of the occupational hazards of those of us in our profession. It seems to carry a horrible curse … Continue reading

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Preaching, Without Preaching

“And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 “Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!     Praise befits the upright.” Psalm 33:1 There is a power emitted from a life of joy. We can see it … Continue reading

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