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   Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;  love her, and she will watch over you…Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.  (Prov. 4:6,7)     I pull out my Bible first thing in the morning. I’ve got a breakfast muffin on my lap, and I turn a page in […]

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For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith. (Eph. 2:8)       I am so grateful that God’s grace and mercy are at the core of our faith. I don’t know about you, but I don’t deserve God’s forgiveness, especially on days when I’m short-tempered with my family. Yet by some miracle, God […]

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On my prayer walk last Friday, I happened upon a man who was sweeping the ground with a metal detector. The grassy slopes near the middle school he was searching looked empty – filled with just sodden weeds like any other day in Oregon. But Larry passed the metal detector back and forth until it […]

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“Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven."  (Jesus, in Matt. 18:3)      What is your earliest memory? When I was three, my mother Maryann and I searched for feathers on a playground in South Carolina. Each time I […]

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      To console those who mourn in Zion,       To give them beauty for ashes,       The oil of joy for mourning,       The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness” (Isaiah 61:3) When my father-in-law Howard passed away a few days ago, an oppression weighed on me for several days. I was easily moved to tears. […]

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              Howard Hare     11/29/18 – 11/5/11 To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a […]

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October 14, 2011

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Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8) When you made the last call on your cell phone, did you get clear reception? In the twenty-first century, most of us stay connected with our families, careers, and ministries with some kind of a cellular, whether it’s a dinosaur like I […]

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But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ  and be found in […]

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If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more:  circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee;  as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless. (Phil. 3:4-6) […]

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For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,  because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.  (Rom. 14:17,18) It's the last day of August and  bushes are overflowing with rich blackberries. Tim, […]

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