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On Being Loved

9 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” Jeremiah 17:9 7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. 8 That’s … Continue reading

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Calibrating Your Heart to His

“May the patience and encouragement that come from God allow you to live in harmony with each other the way Christ Jesus wants.” Romans 15:5 “Now make me completely happy! Live in harmony by showing love for each other. Be … Continue reading

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Dying is Part of Living

“We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.” Romans 6:6, NLT “There are two things which the Church needs: more … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Each Other

No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:12 As believers we should be confident of the mysterious substitution that has happened … 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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“Without Your Wound, Where Would Your Power Be?”

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 … 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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