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The Reason for Your Hope

Photo by Lina Trochez “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ≅

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God’s Faithfulness

Originally posted on Unshakable Hope:
A month before Bill went to heaven, he sent me an email.? The top line read: “If I go home: Don’t think for a minute that God failed us!? You know how faithful God has…

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Should I Celebrate My Own Birth?

I hesitate to say, “It’s my birthday” because, well, merely soliciting “Congrats!” responses seems rather pointless. And, being an essayist, I always feel like I should have a point. But then, even as I type this, I realize I do. … Continue reading

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How to Have a Merry COVID Christmas

Honestly? Like all the Whos in Whoville, my wife and I were pretty depressed when we first started talking about Christmas this year. It seemed Grinch-19 had stolen it right out from under us! For the first time in her … Continue reading

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A Renewed Spirit

Some years ago, my prayer life and in many ways my life-life, had grown stale. I wasn’t a seeker; I knew the truth, but I wasn’t resting in it, rejoicing in it, growing in it. So I began memorizing, meditating … Continue reading

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Flying to Neverland

Today is my birthday, but I’m far too clever (or is that cagey?) to simply say that. Truth is, I’ve been thinking about my past birthdays. “Contemplating my natal navel,” so to speak. I’ve been thinking about: Food. Always a … Continue reading

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We Will Walk Together Again

We will walk together again, my friends, if not in this kingdom, then in the next. And when we do, O, the stories we will tell!

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Don’t Just Survive – Live!

“Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all… It is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength.” There are few writers whose words seem to me more relevant to … Continue reading

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Laying a New Foundation for Your Life

Connecting With God I wrote previously about rebuilding the “house” of my spiritual life. It’s my hope this example will inspire you to lay your own foundation, whether with these verses or others. The foundation is the least visible part … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas! (From an Insensitive Boob)

When I say Merry Christmas in public, I’m often rewarded with an Oh, that’s right, your generation doesn’t know any better look, and a corrective “Happy Holidays.” Just for the record, I do know better. The Christmases I grew up … Continue reading

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