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The Shepherd Family

It was just a shopping day with her mother and eighteen-month-old daughter Laura. Linda was driving the car that fateful day after Christmas when an unguarded moment sent them careening into the path of a minivan at sixty miles an hour. The collision took off the back seat of their car. Linda and her mother […]

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The Angels of Woolrich

Greater love has no one than this,  that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 The last public images of Drummer Lee Rigby alive show him ordering take-out at one of his favorite haunts. Two days later, he lay in a pool of blood on a London street, butchered by two men […]

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This Old House

The Master spoke, but I scarcely heard Above the noise and the din Of hurrying feet and hammer-stroke I was building a house for Him. Then He took me aside and He taught me this While earthly things grew dim He would rather a place in this heart of mine  Than the house I was […]

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Arise

  …and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me, also. 1 Corinthians 15:8  My grandma called them “jump-up lilies.” They are bulbs that yield a mass of long, smooth leaves in the spring. The leaves are prolific and green. But for all their promise, they die back in early summer […]

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Molly the Pony

Molly was one of the many animals displaced by the wrath of hurricane Katrina in 2005. She was taken in by Kaye Harris, but she suffered an added tragedy when another displaced animal, a pit bull, mauled her on her jaw, abdomen, and legs. The right leg was the worst. She received emergency treatment and […]

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The Battle for Renewal

Then He showed a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kind of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the […]

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Rooted in Reality, Part 3: We are De Branch, Not De Vine

 Remember He is de vine, and you are de branch.  -Keith Green I am the vine, you are the branches;  he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.  John 15:5 My husband loves trees. During the thirty-plus years we have lived on […]

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Rooted in Reality, Part 2: What Lies Are Sinking You?

  What really matters is what happens in us, not to us. -James W. Kennedy Scientists now say that a series of slits, not a giant gash, sank the Titanic. The opulent, 900-foot cruise ship sank in 1912 on its first voyage from England to New York. Fifteen hundred people died in the worst maritime disaster […]

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Rooted in Reality: Building Character, Part 1

You will know them by their fruits.   Matthew 7:16 Several years ago, the Dallas Morning News reported that an elderly North Dallas couple, the Davenports, were sitting at home one quiet evening, enjoying a delicious meal. As they finished up, a burglar broke into their house, pointed a gun at them, and demanded money. […]

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The Flower of Forgiveness

  Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other,  just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32 NASB Forgiving the misdeeds of others against us would be easy if it were as simple and satisfying as accepting their humble apologies as they came crawling to us in abject brokenness. It would be […]

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