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Trusting, Curiosity, Love and Work: Quotes from the Books I’m Reading

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“Joe,  when you really start trusting those other boys, you will feel a power at work within you that is far beyond anything you’ve ever imagined.  Sometimes, you will feel as if you have rowed right of the planet and … Continue reading

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Our Plans, God’s Purposes and Faith

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January is a logical time to think about plans, goals, and dreams.  I’m more motivated to make changes in my life in January than I am in April or October. To live fruitful lives it’s healthy to make plans and to pursue … Continue reading

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When I Don’t Get What I Want

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Sometimes, even fairly often, God doesn’t do what I ask him to do.  Circumstances do not always play out like I had prayed they would.  Shocking, I know. Then what?  As I see it, I have two choices: Whine and … Continue reading

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Trusting the Mastery while Living in the Mystery

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“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”   Genesis 1:1-2 These first two verses … Continue reading

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Four Suggestions for Reading the Bible in 2016

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It’s a good New Year’s resolution: Read the Bible this year.  Maybe you’ve tried it before and haven’t gotten too far, or maybe you’re familiar with the Bible and yet reading it feels like trying to put together a complex jigsaw … Continue reading

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Knocking on Doors and Merry Christmas!

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Christmas is a time when we knock on each other’s doors, visit, have dinner and attend parties with our neighbors, friends, co-workers and families. The go-to response to a knock at the door is at Christmas time is, “Come in!” … Continue reading

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Three Treasured Christmas Songs and Their Stories

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Every song has a story.* Christmas music, in my house, is only heard from the day after Thanksgiving through December.  While I write I am listening to an eclectic play list of Christmas selections, ranging from The Messiah, (in the background right … Continue reading

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Peace on Earth

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Christmas is a time of year when we hear the phrase “peace on earth” frequently, and this year we may look for peace a little more fervently than usual.  After all, we’re celebrating the day that Jesus, the Prince of Peace, was born.  … Continue reading

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Earthly Circumstances have Little to do with Heavenly Glory

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It’s December; it’s Christmas time.  We are treated to advertisements for music, party dresses, iGear, coats and cars, (I’ve never known anyone to give a car as a Christmas gift.  Have you?) all designed to give us a feeling of good cheer and coziness.  Warm fireplaces, … Continue reading

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It Sounds So Simple

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Prayer is a conversation with God.  What could be simpler?  Yet more questions have been asked about the subject of prayer, and more books have been written in an attempt to answer those questions than I can imagine.  I’ve read quite a bit on prayer, … Continue reading

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