Category Archives: complete surrender

The Blessings of an Illness

The Bible is full of miraculous healings. Jesus Christ performed many of them. He taught His disciples, and those who would follow, to heal the sick and afflicted. I’ve personally seen legs lengthened and fevers ‘broken’ on several occasions. It … Continue reading

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On Being Tied to the Mast

  “The heart is but a small vessel; and yet dragons and lions are there, and there poisonous creatures and all the treasures of wickedness; rough, uneven paths are there, and gaping chasms. There likewise is God, there are the angels, … Continue reading

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Little Sin, Little Love— Much Sin, Much Love

 “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”   Luke 7:47  I have been a disciple of Jesus for almost 35 years.  But it seems that I really … Continue reading

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Allowing Yourself to Be Weak

Warning: This post might step on some toes! Our society has pretty much embraced the American cultural icon of the cowboy.  We revere those who ride alone and hard. We are rugged individualists and hardened men making our own way.  Our … Continue reading

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Bone Tired Weariness

8 “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, … Continue reading

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Cities Without Walls

“A man without self-control     is like a city broken into and left without walls.” Proverbs 25:28 The writer of Proverbs can be blunt. He makes the cold observation that people can often be like a city that has no walls. … Continue reading

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Apples of Gold

“The right word spoken at the right time        is as beautiful as gold apples in a silver bowl.” Prov. 25:11, New Century Version I’ve been thinking about this particular verse for years.  I had an older translation and I … Continue reading

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