Category Archives: confusion

A Finder’s Fee of Joy

“Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them!” (Luke 15:1) “If a man has a … Continue reading

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English Pigeons

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8 In April 2002, I was sitting in this cavernous waiting room at King’s Cross in London, England.  I was … Continue reading

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Teachability Rides a Chariot

We live out our lives making decisions.  Many are like ‘forks’ in the road.  They are made and they shunt us in another direction.  Some are dramatic, we see very quickly that the road is going to take us in a … Continue reading

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Comprehensive Protection

The Book of Daniel contains the acts and welfare of the Jewish people in Babylon. They are captives and so much of the stories shared here are accounts of spirituality under duress. King Nebuchadnezzar, in an attempt to unify his … Continue reading

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Bedlam: Prisons and the Mentally Ill

Taking a Stand for Our Brothers and Sisters  By Mark Earley, Christian Post Guest Columnist, Wed, Aug. 08, 2007 In the 16th century, London’s mentally ill were often kept at Bethlem Royal Hospital. The conditions inside the hospital were notoriously … 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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Nothing But Leaves [Self-Deceit]

“Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps He would find anything on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.” … Continue reading

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