Category Archives: love

A Finder’s Fee of Joy

“Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them!” (Luke 15:1) “If a man has a … Continue reading

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Love Means You’re Really Real

  “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”  1 John 3:18  Often people will look at someone, and try to figure them out– they listen to their words or vocabulary.  They … Continue reading

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Teachability Rides a Chariot

We live out our lives making decisions.  Many are like ‘forks’ in the road.  They are made and they shunt us in another direction.  Some are dramatic, we see very quickly that the road is going to take us in a … Continue reading

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Putting It Simply

“But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42, ESV I tend to over-think things a lot. Everything … Continue reading

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A Sheltered Spot for You

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee.” Isaiah 26:3 All we need to do in time of sorrow and loneliness is to stay our minds upon God, to trust Him, to rest in Him, … Continue reading

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Brokenness, Depression and Brennan Manning

I’ve put together a collection of quotes by my favorite author, Brennan Manning.  I have found that when he writes, he penetrates.  What he writes goes deep into the soul of this ex-junkie, loser, and mentally ill person—he tells me … Continue reading

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Little Sin, Little Love— Much Sin, Much Love

 “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”   Luke 7:47  I have been a disciple of Jesus for almost 35 years.  But it seems that I really … Continue reading

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