Watch Out for Those Thorns

Have you ever had a friend that once professed Christ and then abandoned the faith? I have and it’s an experience like no other. In the case of my friend, who was a pastor’s wife and staff writer for a popular Christian publication, the signs began to mount up that something was very wrong, but […]

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Never Give Up the Fight

John Owen on Sin

For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. Galatians 5:17 One of my family’s favorite local attractions is Stowe Botanical Gardens. There’s beauty to be […]

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Building a Child’s Worldview

Building a Christian Worldview

For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light. Psalm 36:9 There’s a phrase that I used to hear a lot when I was in college: “thinking God’s thoughts after Him.” I always loved hearing it because it served as a compass to direct me to the Scriptures whenever […]

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Let the Children Come

Teaching the Gospel in Sunday School

And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my […]

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Let it Snow

Snow in Asheville, NC

My family moved to the Blue Ridge mountains in late 1992. During our first winter there we enjoyed lots of snowy days but rarely did we see over four inches of accumulation. Then March arrived. They call it “The Storm of the Century.” As the blizzard moved through our area, it generously dumped about three […]

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Bowing to the Authority of God

Great and amazing are your deeds, Lord God the Almighty!  Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations!  Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name?  For you alone are holy.  All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed. Revelation 15:3-4

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High Water Mark: Joy in Adversity (Part Two)

Flood in Miami

Many months passed before anything resembling normalcy returned. Although this event took place decades ago, I have vivid memories of catfish swimming in my garage while the water was receding only to be exchanged for snakes once the ground reappeared. Next came the piles of ruined carpeting, furniture, clothing, books, stamp collections, broken heirlooms, wedding […]

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High Water Mark: Joy in Adversity (Part One)

Flood in Miami

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you. Isaiah 43:2a The day began like many other August days in South Florida—rainy, humid, and clammy. Floridians pay attention to weather reports from June until December with a special uneasiness, knowing that the “big one” […]

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Sanctity of Life Sunday

Sanctity of Life

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.  My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the […]

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Silence: The After Effects

Japanese Coast

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by His Son. . . Hebrews 1:12 I rarely darken the door of a movie theater unless the attraction is an historical epic film or possibly an epic […]

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