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An Injured Life

“A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear [that results] from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. … Continue reading

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Psalm 40, The Dark Pit

I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,     and he turned to me and heard my cry. 2 He lifted me out of the pit of despair,     out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid … Continue reading

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Different Ways to Fall Out of a Tree

Imagine climbing up to the top of a very tall tree. You work your way up to the highest point– you can go no further. The view is completely glorious, it’s more than you hoped for. You want to post … Continue reading

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Suffering: Finding Some Reasons

“Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.” Hebrews 2:18, (NLT) “Whenever you meet someone who has really suffered; been limited, gone through things for the Lord, willing … Continue reading

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Bitter Water, [The Cross]

24 Then the people complained and turned against Moses. “What are we going to drink?” they demanded. 25 So Moses cried out to the Lord for help, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. Moses threw it into the water, and … Continue reading

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Notice Leah’s Eyes, [Handicaps]

Stuck in the wonderful convolutions of scripture we can start a great study of Leah and her sister Rachel. These two daughters of Laban have become Jacob’s wives. Now, we may question this polygamy when all we know is monogamy. … Continue reading

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Choosing to Walk With the Broken

It seems the world is divided into two groups. Those all together, happy, healthy, and reasonably sane and ‘self actualized’. Those with significant issues, have hang-ups, and who are lesser sane. We gravitate toward success. Even in a spiritual sense … Continue reading

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