Verbal Cyanide

Left Behind

Psalm 86:11 - Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. (NIV)Some preschool children were in a race to see who could reach the red flag first. Jane, a spirited little girl, was gaining speed on a...

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Needful Seeds

Galatians 5:22-23a - The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (NIV)Our grape arbour is filled with grapes this year. What a joy it is to go pick this fruit directly from the vine. These are...

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To Be Teachable

Proverbs 13:18 - If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept correction, you will be honored. (NLT)I learned early in life to be teachable. My mother had taught me a few sewing skills at home, so when I began Home Economics classes in...

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Help Is Needed

Luke 13:8-9 - "Sir," the man replied, "leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down." (NIV)An hibiscus tree has sat in a pot on my patio for several years. Last year, it did not...

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James 1:18 - In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creations. (NRSV)My little ten-year-old friend Maggie, who lived in a second-floor apartment building, was asked to play a role...

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The Whale’s Predicament

Proverbs 12:11 - He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment. (NIV)The whale had followed a delectable small fish called a capelin into the inlet. The lighthouse keeper told us that he was "beached" in shallow water until...

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Ivie Bozeman