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The Seed Sown

Imagine you are a seed. Your owner placed you carefully on the shelf in the cellar where you wouldn't get hurt or lost. He made sure not to place you too close to the shelf's edge. He didn't want you to fall off or get knocked off by accident. He placed you on a solid plank with no chips in the paint and no cracks in the wood. Then, he walked out, turned off the light and slowly closed the door to the cellar. Now it's just you, alone, sitting on the shelf all safe in the dark, wondering about life and the cosmos.

The painful insights only pain can give

Whether it's a mild headache or an agonizing bone fracture, pain performs the useful function of warning us that something is not right physically or emotionally. It is not something we get used to no matter how long we've had it, so the question arises – how do we deal with pain when it simply does not go away?

Unthinking Animal

The heartache of the wounded can plant a seed of bitterness. And if watered with anger, accusations—justifiable or not—cause hearts to be hardened, love to be lost, and defensive walls of self-protection to get one more layer added to the top. This can make every harsh and pretentious thought seem justifiable.

Ramadan Mubarak!

As we've entered the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a time in which devout Muslims fast during daylight hours and focus on good deeds to burn away sin, Christ's sacrifice and atonement becomes all that much more important.

When God Winks!

We sometimes talk about, or hear people say how back in the day we used to do this, do that, be this way or that way. "Do you remember the time" when we did such and such? Didn't Michael Jackson sing about that in one of his songs? You know what I'm talkin' about! I certainly can remember the times – and I shudder to think about them now – how things could have turned out terribly wrong. In some cases, I probably could have died, but thank God He protected me and brought me through.

Does Prayer Even Work Anymore?

Reading through these headlines from one recent weekend, one might start agreeing with Freshman Socialist-Democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) who is on the record as saying, "What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don't even keep the pews safe?"

Prophetic Dream: Fish, Fruit and Wayward Apostles

I'll begin by clearly affirming the value of apostles, prophets, pastors and the entire five-fold ministry, not to mention every person who functions in any capacity God has assigned them to. In fact, this is all the more reason the dream I had is significant.

Politics and Religion. Politics. And. Religion.

The fastest growing group in these United States belongs to the religiously unaffiliated, atheists, and those who have left the Church because of its hypocrisy, or so said Don Lemon on Chris Cuomo's evening talk show. The Pew Research firm backs up Lemon's claim.

Making Sense of Senseless Tragedies

On a day when we remembered God's greatest act of love to extend grace to undeserving, sin-ridden human beings, we witnessed just how far the sinful nature can fall and the devastating fallout. Suicide bombers sacrificed their lives which resulted in human carnage; whereas Jesus gave up his life to bring human redemption and eternal life.

Stepping on Blocks

There is little pain like the pain felt from stepping on a plastic building block. The small size and sharp edges make it prime for hiding between the carpet strands, hidden away, like it is awaiting the perfect opportunity to injure the parent's foot.

We Are "Living Land!"

At a funeral we may hear the phrase "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust." The phrase is not in the Bible – but comes from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. It is derived from Genesis 2:7 – "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."

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