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The Safest Place on Earth

  In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation – having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise. Ephesians 1:13 When the Thief Comes to Steal In his book The Holy Spirit, Billy Graham tells the story of an English missionary who […]

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What’s in YOUR Heart?

  And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh. -Ezekiel 11:19 Our Heart, the Deepest Place Anyone who’s taken even freshman biology can probably remember what’s in our hearts: mostly […]

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Is THAT the Reason We’re Called “Followers?”

  Today I awakened before dawn. The day’s burdens began to weigh upon me as I lay in bed trying to go back asleep. Finally I got up and slipped quietly downstairs to my computer. I sat down and sighed. My plans and life’s circumstances were not getting along. To gain a little perspective, I […]

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A Harvest about to Rot

The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. – Matthew 9:37 They stand at attention in tight little rows, soldiers in the fight against take-out. I pop into the cold storage that sits against the hillside next to our home and survey the troops. It has taken many hours of hard work, but I am […]

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What They Didn’t Tell Us

Until our nineteen-year-old son broke his neck in a fall in the summer of 1997, we knew little about spinal cord injuries. His break was very high, and the chance of his survival was bleak. Since he was injured during a trip to Canada and we live in the United States, it was a difficult […]

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When the Path Gets Rocky

We all stumble in many ways. – James 3:2 It was another hot August day. I was working outside and feeling increasingly irritated in the oppression of the afternoon heat. A hint of smoke from some distant wildfire loitered menacingly in the breeze. Alarmed, I paused to scan the sky for the dreaded pillar that signaled […]

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The Yoke in My Head

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For my yoke is easy and My burden is light. -Matthew 11:29-30 The sun was a fiery ball in the bay sky. A splendid dinner of  barbecued steaks, prawns, and […]

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To Kill the Longing

We inched down the winding mountain pass toward the ocean, smothered in a thick fog. After ten hours on the road through a fierce thunderstorm, our nerves were frayed. We rounded a curve and our headlights caught a raccoon in the middle of our lane. The light dissolved his eyes into a watery green glow. […]

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Sight Unseen

We walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7 One year our sons received an atomic clock for their office wall. They took it out of the box and showed us how it set itself to exactly the right time for our time zone. As they held the clock up, the hands moved around the face as if […]

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You are Invited

If you’re reading this today, you’re alive. Maybe you don’t feel that way.  Instead, you’re barely holding on. You feel numb, unworthy, somehow less than fully human. It’s especially easy to feel that way if you’re one of the thousands of people suffering from chronic disease or devastating injury. Perhaps you’re one of the millions of […]

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