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Flooding in Your Spiritual Basement

“Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like the wise man who built his house upon a rock. And the rains fell, and the floods came and the wind blew… Yet it stands, for … Continue reading

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The Revolution to End All Revolutions

“Love your enemies.” Outrageous! No one had ever dared propose such a thing before. It’s called grace, unmerited favor toward those who don’t deserve it (which is everyone, by the way). And it’s at the very the core of Jesus’ … Continue reading

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Blades of Grass

A personal paraphrase of Psalm 90 Father You have always been our home Before the mountains were thrust up Or the earth itself was shaped You were our God Yet at your word we turn to dust For time has no … Continue reading

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The Gallery of Sin

Originally posted on To Dad With Love Poetry:
Clarity is rarely expected A relaxed focus A pattern out of Pale constellation Provocative Understanding I would never ask you to Explain it away What astonishes me is our ignorance Of our…

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What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Q. What’s wrong with this picture? A. It should have been you (and me). “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” ~Romans 3:23 “But God proves His love for us in this: that while we … Continue reading

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Two Things

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” ~John 15:13

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“They” is Us!

The scandal du jour in my country surrounds a passel of privileged folks, two of whom are TV stars, bribing corrupt college officials to admit their privileged children to famous universities—kids who would never otherwise have been accepted. String ‘em … Continue reading

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Popular Idea, Unpopular Word

“There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.” ~Mark Twain “He tried to name which of the deadly seven might apply, and when he failed he decided to append an eighth, regret.” ~Charles Frazier               (Sinner) “They … Continue reading

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Baggage vs. Braggage

“She felt strangely jealous. It suddenly seemed to her that being forgiven was better than believing you had nothing to be forgiven for.” ~The Wishing Map Baggage “We all have baggage. The question is: What baggage can you deal with?” … Continue reading

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How to be Free

Francis of Assisi got his first taste of freedom in a prison cell. True freedom lives, if we allow it to, inside of us. As a kid growing up in smog-strangled Los Angeles I heard a radio ditty about a … Continue reading

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