Category Archives: gifts

Still Figuring It All Out, [Hopeful Wisdom]

And I’m Still Learning I’ve learned — 1 that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them. I’ve learned — 2 that no matter how … Continue reading

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Why the Church? [Fellowship of the Saints]

It is easy to become cynical and hard about the Church. We easily see failure and defeat permeating our local churches. That is a serious problem, if we look too close, or for too long. The sins of the Church … Continue reading

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Just One More Dance [Scandalous Joy]

“14 And David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, and David was wearing a linen ephod.” 2 Samuel 6:13-15 When I start to dance, you had better head for higher ground!  I am without question the world’s worst and the … Continue reading

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Without a Wound? [True Ministry]

The subject of “the pool at Bethesda” alludes to the following excerpt from the Thorton Wilder play, “The Angel that Troubled the Waters”.The play is based on the biblical verses of John 5:1-4, but it changes the end of the … Continue reading

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Ignoring a Mentally Ill Believer

45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’” Matthew 25:45, NLT The truth of the matter is that the Church … Continue reading

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Caregivers: Improving Your Serve

One of the weightiest issues of caring for a mentally ill spouse, child, or friend, is that it is so phenomenally relentless.  The disease is so unpredictable, in its intensity and its spontaneity.  You think you have the situation in hand, and … Continue reading

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Concealed Wounds

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.“ … Continue reading

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