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Called and Chosen

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service . . . I Timothy 1:12 (NAS) It must have been very traumatic for me because I still remember the feelings after all these years, and if they haven’t gone away by now, I think they Continue Reading…

The Last Letter

Paul, imprisoned in Rome as the result of persecution under Nero, realized when he wrote his last letter to Timothy, that his death was near. Alone and cold in his dungeon he wrote to his young friend in the faith. Soon afterward, according to tradition, he was beheaded on the Ostian Way. [1] It could Continue Reading…

Where Did Those Come From?

I had taken Wes to see Dr. Jeff, his veterinarian. Wes had a sore of some kind on his nose and as always with grandchildren, children, and beloved pets (Wesley) comes this frantic statement: “I’ve got to get him to the doctor! This might be something serious!” Well, Wes had apparently scratched his nose doing Continue Reading…

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Somewhere over the rainbow way up high There’s a land that I heard of once. . . Somewhere – blue birds fly Somewhere my dreams will come true. Where is MY somewhere? Is there a place so peaceful that the blue birds fly unafraid? Is there a place where my dreams will all come true? Continue Reading…

Just What is Real?

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you.” The velveteen rabbit was pretty scuffed up, one eye gone, his velvet thin, his seams ripping open, and his ears hanging limply. “What is real?” the rabbit asked the Skin Horse. “Real isn’t how you are made,” said Continue Reading…

Condemnation

Condemned: to disagree of strongly, to declare guilty, to inflict a penalty upon, to doom Webster Condemned. That’s a scary word, isn’t it? Can you imagine what a person’s emotions would do should he be condemned? Let’s try. Think with me. . .. The man stood quietly, appearing very calm to the people watching, but Continue Reading…

I Say I See–But Do I Really See?

For since the world began no one has seen or heard of such a God as ours, who works for those who wait for Him. Isaiah 64:4 (TLB) [1] “People who were bound by habits and attitudes that they thought they could never be rid of have had their lives turned upside-down by Jesus! It Continue Reading…

Love Indiscriminately? Impossible!

By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35 (NAS) “Yes. I’m prejudiced. I find a certain type of people hard to accept.” “If you had been hurt as deeply as I was, you’d find it difficult to love, too.” “I like my world Continue Reading…

I Have Forgotten

We have a friend who declares–in front of his wife–“The last time I had a hot supper was when a candle fell over on my sandwich!” And Anabel’s delectable hot suppers seem to be a thing of the past. I get out the old recipe, follow directions carefully, and wind up thinking, “What did I Continue Reading…

Reconciled

But I will not give you up– I will plead for you to return to me, and will keep on pleading: yes, even with your children’s children in the years to come. Jeremiah 2:9 (Taylor’s Living Paraphrase) Why would someone stoop so low–humble himself–to plead with a person to “return to me”–and refuse to give Continue Reading…

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