Category Archives: God

Tears with a Purpose

I’ve been thinking a lot about tears lately—in part because Pastor Bryan pointed out to me how many hits my post titled God Keeps Your Tears in a Bottle has had, in part because I’ve cried more than a few tears … Continue reading

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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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Battle Scars

It is a bad habit to try to teach without personal knowledge. We can preach, but we do not possess. This is one of the occupational hazards of those of us in our profession. It seems to carry a horrible curse … Continue reading

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Barrels of Monkeys

“My problems go from bad to worse.     Oh, save me from them all!” Psalm 25:17 If you are over 40 or so, you would’ve known about this simple toy. Today, a little girl came up to me to show me her … Continue reading

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You Got Mail!

Dear Friend: How are you? I just had to send a note to tell you how much I love you and care about you. I saw you yesterday as you were talking with your friends. I waited all day hoping … Continue reading

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His “Irresponsible” Love

“Nothing in the church makes people in the church more angry than grace. It’s ironic: we stumble into a party we weren’t invited to and find the uninvited standing at the door making sure no other uninviteds get in. Then a … Continue reading

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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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