Category Archives: lost causes

When the Storms Rage On and On

 “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deut. 31:8, NLT You can go to the British Museum in London, England and … Continue reading

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Dancing With Bruises

Bruises seem to be part of life’s package to us. Some will be serious, most minor. But each are noted, and some will just have to be endured. Dancers are some of the most wonderful people I know. Their gracefulness can … Continue reading

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Drowning in Despair

  “For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life.”    2 Corinthians 1:8 “…we … Continue reading

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Quarantined, for His Purposes

  Quarantines are a real possibility, even in this day. A quarantine is imposed when disease is contagious enough that it would harm a society: Measles, Smallpox, and the recent Ebola Virus  are just a few physical diseases where strict … Continue reading

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Pivoting on Astonishing Grace

“To live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life story, the light side and the dark. In admitting my shadow side I learn who I am and what God’s grace means.” ― Brennan Manning Perhaps there are a few things … Continue reading

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Here Be Giants!

  “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:8, NLT There is an ancient map in London, England dated from … Continue reading

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Despondency and David’s Theology

For those on the mat and wrestling, things can move very fast.  Our adversary is strong, and he knows us too well.  He is counterintuitive and quite aware of the sequence of moves needed to pin us to the floor.  … Continue reading

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