Category Archives: complete surrender

Quarantined, for His Purposes

  Quarantines are a real possibility, even in this day. A quarantine is imposed when disease is contagious enough that it would harm a society: Measles, Smallpox, and the recent Ebola Virus  are just a few physical diseases where strict … Continue reading

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On Being Loved

9 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” Jeremiah 17:9 7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. 8 That’s … Continue reading

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Esteeming His Word

Quite often, we’re intimidated by the Bible.  We all can take on a verse or two.  But that is pretty much it. The Bible isn’t made up of singular verses, but of whole books.  I intend to go on record, … Continue reading

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Treasures Found in the Clay

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing” 2 Corinthians 4:7-8 (NASB). … Continue reading

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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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