Just Add Water

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Many years ago, there were TV commercials introducing instant coffee, instant tea, instant gravy, and instant soups.  “Just add water!” was the tagline.  It was such a wonderous thing to have immediate access to foods and beverages that used to take 30 minutes to hours to prepare. On our recent…

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But There’s More

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The day that I came to know Jesus as my Savior was the greatest day of my life.  Ecstasy, love and peace that I had never experienced completely overshadowed the horrible days that preceded it.  This was a mountaintop experience I never wanted to leave, and believed could never be…

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Today’s Contrarian

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Several weeks ago, our son attended a heavy metal concert with some friends.  As adults with respectable careers, they decided to relive their wild days by dressing like the band in Goth clothing and make-up.  Their preconcert photo featured two friends as Goths, flanking our son in the middle, who…

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Crossing the Great Divide

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Great divides show up everywhere from schools of thought to geological terrains, but when a great divide occurs between friends, it can be very painful.  Most of us have experienced this unfortunate circumstance.  The well-intended friends who comforted Job by sitting with him in silence for seven days while he…

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Interpreting Current Events

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If it seems that life in our nation has taken an evil turn, it’s not your imagination.  Not only do the headlines of factions, violence, and subjugations back it up, but many have personally experienced it.  What used to happen to “someone else” has arrived on the doorstep. This additional…

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On to the Next Thing

I admire people who seem to be able to get things done without a “to-do” list.  I am not one of those.  In fact, I often have separate lists for the major items on my master “to-do” list.  Not only do my lists keep me organized and on track, but…

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The Intentional By-Product

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When I get anxious about anything, I can usually hear the still, small voice of the Lord saying, “Do you trust Me?”  My sheepish answer is usually, “Yesss…but I didn’t think that was going to happen.”  This scenario has played out in my life like a broken record or looped…

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Challenged To Listen

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Many of us empathize with Martha who felt dumped upon when Jesus and 12 disciples visited her home at mealtime, and her sister, Mary, did nothing to help.  From Martha’s perspective, Mary seemed to ignore the obvious and chose to allow Martha to shoulder the responsibility of all the preparations,…

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