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August 25, 2011

Tens

Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds. (Psalm 119:27) “How’re you doing with your tens?” my friend JM, a sixty-something Believer, asked as he sat down beside me with a slice of apple pie on his plate. I grinned. “Getting better every month.” JM and […]

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One breezy summer day when I was fifteen, my father gave me the task of sweeping leaves from the sidewalk in front of our house. As I set to work, I became frustrated, because it seemed that for every foot cleared along the way, the wind pushed the leaves back twice as far in the […]

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“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place…” (Ephesians 6:14) Would you wear a bullet-proof vest if it had an 80-90% efficiency rating? In June 2005, Second Chance, the largest supplier of U.S. bullet-proof vests, recalled 100,000 vests made with Zylon. Research showed that […]

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     When I was sixteen, in a casual game of baseball, a pack of mostly older kids on my team competed with a bunch of younger kids on the other. I looked across the baseball diamond to the younger, aspiring children as they got up to the plate. They could barely bat; when they ran, […]

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Storyteller “He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. (Prov. 11:25)             “Hey, kids, gather round!” the young librarian announced. “Come hear an exciting story – you won’t want to miss this!” My three children joined dozens of others crowding round a Latino speaker at the library. He told a story about the relentless courage […]

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There, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you. (Deut. 12:7) Over the doorway of a Japanese restaurant in Portland is a sign: Free bento tomorrow. The catch? The sign […]

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“In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” (Eph. 4:26, 27) How do you celebrate the first week of summer?  I celebrate it by taking an inventory of who I need to forgive. Then I call or […]

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“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,    and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,  because the Lord disciplines those he loves,    and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.” (Heb. 12: 5,6) God promises that we have His favor as  part and parcel of our relationship with Him. That […]

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As a substitute teacher, each summer I complete paperwork for school districts, renewing my status as a sub for the following year.  The last several years I was unhappy with the task of filling out this paperwork because I felt I was resigning myself to a substandard job. That is, I wanted to be working […]

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May 9, 2011

Rely

I regret my days of strength to the extent that I relied on myself.  I celebrate my days of weakness to the degree that I relied on my God.

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