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    The Law Of The Fast: The Forgotten Commandment

    Fasting has always been one of my least favorite disciplines.   It is known by some as the “forgotten commandment”, and I personally have spent a good part of my life intentionally avoiding it.   Recently, however, I gained some insights into this ancient practice that I feel apply to…

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    A Season Of Rest: Learning How To Rest Rigorously

    It’s taken me 6 weeks to find the time to sit in my new bedroom chair, but today was that day. I had encountered a season of rest. With feet up and windows open, the breeze and sound of rain filtering through the curtains, I opened the pages of a…

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    Let Your Light So Shine: Sharing God with the World

    “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)   A NEW WAY TO SHINE In my mind’s eye, this verse has always been service-oriented, as in, do a kind act, or be a good…

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    Getting Through The Hard Times: You Are Not Alone

    “How can we get through hard times?” she asked the class. My friend was leading Sunday’s discussion in our class of 7 & 8-year-olds. “Have you ever experienced something that was hard?” she continued. Hands shot up all around us as each child shared their experience of hard times, as…

  • Trials Are Blessings: How To Create A Masterpiece Life

    Trials are blessings, I was reminded today, as I painted watercolor flowers. Let me explain.   NEW TECHNIQUES Painting relaxes me and helps to clear my mind of unwanted thoughts and emotions. As an amateur painter, I learn as I go. Today I learned more about paintbrushes and the strokes…

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    Seek Ye First The Kingdom Of God: Living A Life Of Faith

    The Apostle Paul led a less than perfect life. Remarkably, he became a fearless minister, full of wisdom, testifying of Christ through thought, word, and action, in an increasingly hostile world. When Paul proclaimed: “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but…

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    Giants, Then and Now: Becoming a Covenant-Keeping People

    One day, in the midst of an election season, my 8-year-old son asked if, as a family, we could study the Old Testament. At first, I thought he was joking. He wasn’t. So we started on a slow and steady journey through the Old Testament, all the while feeling sure…