Category Archives: sin

Battle Scars

It is a bad habit to try to teach without personal knowledge. We can preach, but we do not possess. This is one of the occupational hazards of those of us in our profession. It seems to carry a horrible curse … Continue reading

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“The Serenity Prayer” (the Full Version)

GOD, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change Courage to change the things I can and the Wisdom to know the difference. ——————————-Complete addition—————————— Living ONE DAY AT A TIME; Enjoying one moment at a time; … 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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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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Call To All Sons

“For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.” Hebrews 2:10, ESV “God is the One who made all things, and all things are … Continue reading

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Comprehensive Protection

The Book of Daniel contains the acts and welfare of the Jewish people in Babylon. They are captives and so much of the stories shared here are accounts of spirituality under duress. King Nebuchadnezzar, in an attempt to unify his … Continue reading

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Praying Authentically

Prayer often can be just a nice religious duty, that makes us feel warm and fuzzy. But such prayer the does not suit a disciple who is tired of religion, and is seeking authenticity. There are few models who can be … Continue reading

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