Category Archives: deception

A Spellbound Captive of the Night

  “We are all infected and impure with sin.       When we display our righteous deeds,       they are nothing but filthy rags.    Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall,       and our sins sweep us away like the wind.” Isaiah 64:6, NLT … Continue reading

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Simply Golden

“And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” Luke 6:31, ESV — The Golden Rule  “Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then … Continue reading

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Sheepy Wolves

“Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves.” Matthew 7:15, NLT The old King James Version says, “which come to you in sheep’s clothing.”  There is something to be said about both translations. … Continue reading

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When is Suicide the Solution?

There are times, difficult times when we are maneuvered into a place where we start to think that suicide is an answer.  There is a certain mechanism to it, almost an art, which has a limited “air-time.”.  But I have … Continue reading

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Praying Authentically

Prayer often can be just a nice religious duty, that makes us feel warm and fuzzy. But such prayer the does not suit a disciple who is tired of religion, and is seeking authenticity. There are few models who can be … 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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To Be, Rather Than Seem to Be

“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was … Continue reading

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