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As a young girl, a common pastime was riding my bike several days a week to a friend who lived a few miles from my home.  Though her neighborhood was comprised of modest houses and manicured lawns, regionally we resided in a fairly urban community.   A few small functioning farms were still part of the […]

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What Do You Seek?

The telling of Christmas is incomplete without the message of the wise men.  So integral is their part that nativity scenes have long included them at the manger in an effort to condense the story surrounding Jesus’ birth.  In truth, they didn’t find Him until He was a toddler nearly two years later. The star […]

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Without Revision

Scripture can take us to unexpected places with intentional purpose.  At times, it can be troubling, but the uncomfortable challenge is meant for our good.  Why?  Because the world delights in redefining The Word and, if we are not equipped with Truth, we’re prey to deception. The day’s devotions took me to the 41st Chapter […]

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Judge for Yourself

It’s the default cry of an unbelieving world. “If there is a loving God, how could He send anyone to hell?” The question is intended to end debate, but it actually reveals more of a struggle than a conclusion.  After all, why would anyone denying the existence of God even bother to consider the existence […]

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The Speed of Life

You don’t have to be Superman to move faster than a speeding bullet.  Life’s pace will propel you forward with amazing speed and before you realize it, you’re in the future you thought was light-years away. That’s an unimaginable concept to the young, a passing acknowledgement to the middle-aged and confirmed reality to those advanced in […]

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A Penny For Your Thought

The old adage “a penny for your thought” dates back to 16th century England when Sir Thomas More wrote “ ‘It often happeth, that the very face sheweth the mind walking a pilgrimage, in such wise that other folk sodainly say to them a peny for your thought.” Simply translated that means that unexpressed thought can be […]

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Love’s Offense

The message of love is big business.  It’s the theme of books, movies, greeting cards and retail stores and it’s appeal is universal because we are born needing love.  An expression of God’s character deep within us, love is essential to life, development and well-being.  No wonder it’s such a prolific topic.  But we’ve tampered with […]

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Because He Came

The New Year has come. Holiday celebrations have turned into memories, decorations have been packed in storage and the Christmas glow has given way to ordinary surroundings.  Some mourn its passing and can’t quite discern why.  After all, there is an element of relief from the demands that accompany December.  Even so, a Spirit permeates […]

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The Shepherd King

Apart from Christmas, we don’t give much thought to shepherds. And that’s understandable. They’re not a presence in our culture.  At best, we can relate to a distant connection with farmers and ranchers, whose lives are dedicated to agriculture and cattle, but even there, few have any real experience with all that entails. It’s unlikely […]

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Disguises Revealed

Year after year they show up at my door; pirates and princesses, vampires and witches ~ all seeking charity.  They come with empty sacks and full hopes that the treasure they pursue will be found on the other side of the door. Like others in my neighborhood, I’ve already anticipated their knock and familiar plea […]

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