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In Spite of Ourselves…

January 30, 2011

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Diary:  Goats have odd eyes.  Piercing, indifferent, detached.  The horns only add to their cynical demeanor.  So this one goat is staring at me.  I stopped the car because he wouldn’t move.  Yellow lines and my car’s grill are at one time reflected by its steely glare.  He’s sizing me up and playing it cool.  But, something was […]

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The Undercurrent of Our Natures

January 26, 2011

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Diary:  Forrest Gump was at our door again this morning.  He was apparently down on his luck and seeking food.  He often does that.  I believe he views the entire neighborhood as his own domain and feels rightfully justified to enter all our homes.  Of course, he’s quite pleasant about it.  Being quick with friendly overtures, I don’t […]

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On the Outskirts of Eternity…

January 23, 2011

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Diary: Southern sun and cold temperatures make strange friends.  Limbs are scattered about the yard; casualties of the latest bout of ice and snow.  No vestiges of fall remain.  The windblown piles of leaves and the brown skeletons of garden plantings speak of their recent fullness.  We have sure hope of new growth, but it […]

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Whither? Whither?

July 12, 2010

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From “How Shall I Go To God” by Horatio Bonar IN THE beginning of the last century, an old American Christian died, leaving on his death-bed this message to his son,–“Remember that there is a LONG ETERNITY.” But this was not all. He laid upon his family the dying command, that the same message should […]

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For the Want of Wisdom

July 1, 2010

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“To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, […]

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A Prayer of John Calvin’s

June 24, 2010

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This is one of those nights where pontificating, theorizing, declaring, or ruminating about some topic is just not satisfying.  I really only want to meditate right now; try to take in something peaceful from the Lord.  So for mutual benefit, I thought I’d post a devotional type prayer and allow it to speak to you […]

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God is One

June 20, 2010

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A Meditation on God Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: Profoundly, this is one of the most remarkable declarations in all of Scripture.  Clearly stated, God is the God of Israel and He is one Lord.  As I think about this, Intrinsic within the statement seems to be the […]

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The Graciousness to Disappoint Our Plans

June 16, 2010

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By John Newton (Taken from “The Works of the Reverand John Newton;” Letter 1) August 17 1776.  It is indeed natural to us to wish and to plan and it is merciful in the Lord to disappoint our plans and to cross our wishes.  For we cannot be safe, much less happy, but in proportion […]

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Meditating On Scriture

June 14, 2010

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By Charles Spurgeon    It is well to meditate upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. A man who hears many sermons, is not necessarily well-instructed in the faith. We may read so many religious books, that we overload our brains, and they may be unable to […]

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Considering Our Will During Meditation

June 12, 2010

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Continuing on with Ranew’s treatment of meditation, this chapter addresses concerns about our will.  It’s easy to stand on the sidelines and have the best of intentions.  Often, though, I’ve found myself thinking one thing and doing another; questioning my spiritual character before God.  The Bible says obedience is better than sacrifice, so our hearts […]

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