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Philippians 3

I was praying this morning about ministry stuff — what is my role? what I am called to do? what am I not called to do? what am I unwilling to let go of? what am I not willing to … Continue reading

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When the cold won’t go away

I am not surprised when the thermometer reads 4 degrees in the yellow-gray light of the delayed dawn.  Brushing the snow dust off from the bottom of my boots, I lay down the wood and peel off my ski gloves, … Continue reading

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The key to my heart

He had found a key, somewhere outside buried in the back yard, he said.  And it was old and rusty and its lock was somewhere long gone, unremembered.  “What does it open?” He asked earnestly. “I don’t know, something useless,” … Continue reading

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James 4:1-3

Where do wars and fights come from among you?  Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have.  You murder and covet and cannot obtain.  You fight and war. … Continue reading

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This took me more than five minutes, but it’s still Friday …

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake.  For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Cor. 12:10). Did you know this? That the strength of Christ — the power … Continue reading

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James 3:17-18

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make … Continue reading

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James 3:1-12, PART 3

My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.  For we all stumble in many things.  If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle … Continue reading

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Sin as it is found in my eczema situation

Two summers ago, I noticed some itching on one finger of my right hand.  It looked like a small bug bite, or even a little bit of poison ivy.  I scratched and scratched, willing the discomfort away; it became splotchy. … Continue reading

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Here’s the thing about words…

So here’s the thing about my words:  they rise and fall and tumble and hurt and praise and lift up and stamp out.  Sometimes, it seems they come from nowhere; sometimes, it seems that they are separate entity to myself … Continue reading

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James 2:23-26

And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You see then that man is justified by works and not by faith only. … Continue reading

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