Category Archives: encouragement

Going Crossless

“Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.“ Matt. 10:38 “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” … Continue reading

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Vessel to Vessel: Part One

“Moab has been at ease from his youth, and he has settled on his lees, and has not been emptied from vessel to vessel, neither has he gone into captivity: therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent is … Continue reading

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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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God’s Authentic Artisans

Sculpture is 3-D art. It can be made with marble, glass, metal, wood, plastics. It can be carved or cast, welded or painted. There can be sculpture using light, sound, water, kinetic (moving), land art, and environmental enhancements. It’s just … Continue reading

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Love Means You’re Really Real

  “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”  1 John 3:18  Often people will look at someone, and try to figure them out– they listen to their words or vocabulary.  They … 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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