Playing Fetch

Alone

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV)“MOMMY!”  It was a few years ago and I was shopping in a local grocery store looking for some...

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Who Are We?

"...you are all children of the Most High." (Psalms 82:6b NLT) I stopped to take a peek at my 55 year old face before shaving this morning. The wrinkles around my eyes and on my forehead were deeper than ever. My face’s baby fat had fled long ago. My thin skin was...

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Unanswered Prayers

"When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures." (James 4:3 NIV)When I was a freshman in high school I fell in love with a girl. She didn’t know it, of course. I never spoke to her and only...

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A Piece of Thread

"Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it." (1 Cor. 12:27 NIV)I can remember once when I was just a little boy my Mom, Nana and I drove to my Nana’s sister’s house in the next town.  It was a warm, Summer afternoon so I went outside to play...

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One Ornery Puppy

"Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him." (James 1:12 ESV)It was a cold, Winter’s day. Even with clear skies and the sun shining down the...

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A Bag of Groceries

"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 NIV)“Five carts deep again,” I groaned. I was back at the grocery store again trying to pick up another week’s worth of groceries...

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Soak up the Sun

"Freely you have received; freely give." (Matthew 10:8 NIV)For the first time in ten days the clouds cleared, the blue sky appeared, and the sun came out this morning. It rose over the trees and kissed the world with its light. The snow and frost on the ground...

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