Monthly Archives: February 2017

Another Prayer

Someone recently asked me to share an earlier prayer, so here it is. Father, there are those who are difficult for me to pray for. They are different than I, holding others things as values that I cannot see, opinions … Continue reading

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A Late Night Prayer

Sometimes, in the night, I pray about the things that I can’t find solutions for. At times, there may be no resolution short of the “new heavens and new earth”. Still my spirit aches for the ravages of sin that … Continue reading

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It’s Frozen Blackberries for Me

What draws us closer to God? Some experience that through a highly sophisticated study technique, learning the original languages of Scripture and reading in that manner. For others it is reading their personal Bible in conjunction with good devotional books or study guide. Others might prefer solitude and meditation to enrich their appreciation for what God has told us through Scripture. Continue reading

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Choosing to Involve Rather Than Exclude

Ethnocentristic beliefs cause us to be judgmental, intolerant, and selfish. We, if we indulge the tendency, become abrasive, rude, and overbearing. Acknowledging the peculiarities of our own culture, we minimize the damaging features while focusing on the peculiarities in an opposing group. Continue reading

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Stories that Shape Lives

As I’ve retold the stories, refreshing them in my mind, it is often done to illustrate a point, a lesson learned early in life. Sometimes, not much more than the impressions of entering a bank that had “refrigerated air” which was unheard of to me. Perhaps how bright the Texas sun was, then how dark the stores seemed with the “venetian blinds” on the windows, keeping the sun at bay. Or my favorite memory was the grandeur of “live oak” trees with their majestic canopy dwarfing the mesquite trees that were so much more common. Continue reading

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God’s Kind of Shepherds

Spiritually mature men, shepherds were characterized by the qualities mentioned in two different, overlapping lists preserved for us in the writings to Timothy and Titus. While the lists differ in some details, the concept is very clear; shepherds were to be mature men who demonstrated their faithful care to others through the way they treated their families and the way they lived around others. Continue reading

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