Category Archives: kindness

Our Salvation Is Quite Sure

My favorite of all the apostles is John, “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” I love his Gospel, and the three epistles that he wrote, and of course,  Revelation. There are a couple of things I love about John’s writings: He … Continue reading

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I Still Grieve (But I Now I’m at Peace)

‘Who gathered this flower?’ The gardener answered, ‘The Master.’ And his fellow servant held his peace.” It was November 13th, in the year of our Lord 1999, was unlike any day I have ever experienced. A beating with a baseball … Continue reading

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Like Well-Watered Gardens: Isaiah 58

  “Feed the hungry,     and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness,     and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. 11 The Lord will guide you continually,     giving you water when you … Continue reading

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The Pruning Knife

“He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.” John 15:2, NLT In order to become fruitful we must accept the knife.  It … Continue reading

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Becoming a Gentle & Meek Person

Gentleness means recognizing that the world around us is fragile, especially other people. It is recognizing our own capacity to do harm and choosing instead to be tender, soft-spoken, soft-hearted, and careful. To be careful means that you are becoming … Continue reading

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He Was at Home

“A few days later, when Jesus came back to Capernaum, the news spread that he was at home.”  Mark 2:1 You can’t hide the presence of Jesus.  There is a ‘built-in’ need for Him in the hearts of men and … Continue reading

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A Broken System

“Sixty million Americans – that’s one in five adults – will experience a mental illness in the coming year. That means every one of us knows someone who is living with a mental illness – depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, an eating … Continue reading

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