Category Archives: spiritual lessons

A Sidetracked Life

  I’m thinking that an awful lot of my life has been filled with ‘inconvenient interruptions.’ I like a certain order, and schedules and keeping appointments. I’m not a rigid person, but I become mildly annoyed when my life becomes … Continue reading

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The Epiphany of the Red Shoes

  A few months ago, my morning routine had taken me outside on our deck.  I just sat and was soaking up the first rays and drinking a cup of coffee.  My mind usually flits about; and I think about many different things.  … Continue reading

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Tensile Prayer

“Please be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, we are simply asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so you can acquire a … Continue reading

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Working in the Time of Grace

 “These men who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.” Matt. 20:12, NIV Matthew 20 irritates … Continue reading

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A Spellbound Captive of the Night

  “We are all infected and impure with sin.       When we display our righteous deeds,       they are nothing but filthy rags.    Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall,       and our sins sweep us away like the wind.” Isaiah 64:6, NLT … Continue reading

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Martyrs in America? Maybe

Being heard is not the same as having influence. Believers must reconsider the issues of being salt and light in a pagan culture.  We have tried a myriad of approaches in our evangelism, and we are not succeeding.  We have been … Continue reading

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On the Wire Once Again

“I hope everybody can find a little flame Me, I say my prayers, then just light myself on fire and walk out on the wire once again.”   Counting Crows, “Goodnight Elizabeth” Hope is a powerful thing— nothing compares. It … Continue reading

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