Posts by Deane

Placing the Bar Within Reach


Moses as the leader of God’s people was a tough act for anyone to follow. Never in the history of man had any one participated in turning water into blood, dividing a sea of water into vertical walls lining a pathway, striking a rock and having abundant water gush out, or commanding the earth split…

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The Dog Ate It


“One day Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.’” Everyone piled into a boat, and while Jesus took a nap, such a violent storm hit them that the disciples were afraid they were going to drown. They woke Jesus up not so much because they expected Him…

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The Artist’s Signature


Every artist I know signs his or her work. It links the artist with stylistic qualities and themes, and designates the piece is finished, permanently identifying its creator. The latter aspect becomes more important with the passing of time and multiple owners. Without the signature, historical background as well as the purpose and process behind…

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The Law of Love


The many rules and regulations God gave the Israelites through Moses seemed like a laborious list of dos and don’ts. No one understood that the most loving “Parent” was Himself wounded when they mistreated each other, or even themselves. It is like a wise and loving daddy of today establishing family rules for his little…

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The Miracle of God’s Presence

Have you ever experienced holding onto a hope or promise of God for years and years until you reach a place of complete frustration, and then in futility and despondency, just give up? That choke point is loaded with negative emotions that often tumble out our mouths in the form of murmuring, complaining, or worse,…

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Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow?


Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow? The first line of this old familiar nursery rhyme is probably not something we’ve ever seriously thought about. How do we know Mary was contrary? Was it because she intentionally avoided answering the question how by merely describing what grew where? Could this be a metaphor…

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Grace for Dinky Faith


God so highly esteemed Abraham as to make him an incredible promise: “I will make you into a great nation and will bless you; I will make your name great and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all the peoples on…

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year


The famous song by the above title heralds Christmas as a romantic season of parties, traditions, singing, and general love and good will towards others. Written in 1963, it reflects the era of the mid-1900’s, making it even more romantic in this day of painful relationships, commercialism aimed at profit, the idolizing of Santa Claus,…

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