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Forgetting What Lies Behind

Photo by Michael Atkins “Forgetting what lies behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of God’s heavenly calling in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 3:13-14 † Note: British American actor, biographer, film producer Douglas … Continue reading

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Return and Rest!

Originally posted on Unshakable Hope:
I know we are all wishing right now that this post was coming from Bill Sweeney, but instead, I (Lauren, his eldest daughter) will share a little post in his honor. Last year, we were…

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God’s Factory Recall

Factory recalls from product makers are common, and should never be ignored. Avoiding them can produce adverse and sometimes devastating consequences. It seems we too have received multiple recall notices from our Maker (due, in this case, not to design … Continue reading

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The True Tale of Toby the Turtle

My Real Memoir Shortly after the legendary Fat Cat incident, our neighbors matched it with an equally outrageous one involving their beloved Toby the Turtle. Odd pet? Hardly. Half the kids I knew had tiny pet turtles living in plastic lagoons … Continue reading

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Give Up Yourself

“Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with … Continue reading

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A New Beginning

Photo by Andy Carne “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come!” ~2 Corinthians 5:17 Happy new beginnings! †

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Caught in the Web of False Fate

Thought for the Week Jung was right. If we don’t understand our own unconscious impulses, we are slaves to them. But that doesn’t mean constant self-focus (“what do I feel, what do I think, what do I want?”). True self-knowledge … Continue reading

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Blessed to be a Blessing

Today is Boxing Day, a day with its roots in the medieval tradition of placing alms and small gifts in the church Poor Box on Saint Stephen’s Day, the day after Christmas. By the early 1800s Boxing Day had become … Continue reading

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Merry Two Christmases!

Like many believers worldwide, our family celebrates two Christmases. First, we celebrate God’s gift to us. And then we give gifts to others. It’s the first that makes the second possible. Why? Because without His gifts of life and redemption … Continue reading

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lost Christmas Poem

Many are unaware that the Lord of the Rings author was a lifelong Jesus-follower. Tolkien not only spoke openly of his faith, impacting the lives of many, including his close friend C.S. Lewis, but was also one of the translators … Continue reading

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