The Struggle is Real!

This is a saying that has become popular over the last couple of years. I imagine that most of us have heard, or even said, “the struggle is real.”  Some people say it in jest.  Others are quite serious about it.  We have all struggled with something in our lives more than once. But what

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Am I a Christian? Ask My Neighbor!

If your neighbors, family, friends or co-workers were asked if you were a Christian what would their answer be?  Would they be able to answer with a resounding yes or would they simply say that you claim to be one? What would make the difference? Most people know what a Christian is…..a follower of Jesus.

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Politics At Jesus’ Table

Jesus made room at his table for everyone, including those on opposite ends of thought.  At Jesus’ table, everyone has a place and everyone is equal.  I can imagine that the discussions that went on among his disciples were pretty lively at times, especially between two of them — Matthew, the tax collector and Simon,

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All Lives Do Not Matter

We’ve all seen the Facebook posts and the pictures flooding social media:  Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter.  All Lives Matter started after Black Lives Matter.  It was, in my opinion, a way of saying that black lives do matter but not more so than any other life. The question remains, though,

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You Were Born to be Loved!

Deep on the inside of every human being is the inherent need to be loved, to know that they have value and worth.  No one can escape it nor deny it.  Some people try to act all macho and tough as if they don’t need to be loved, or that they don’t need anybody, but

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You Are the Fifth Gospel!

I love quotes, especially ones that stop me in my tracks and make me think.  This is one of those quotes.  I read it recently and it made me really think.  It is a very powerful and true quote. Most Americans today are not as familiar with the Bible as they were in generations past.  In

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Spiritual Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are unsightly.  They occur on people who have either gained weight or on women during pregnancy because the body is gaining weight rapidly and the skin cannot keep up with the changes.  They happen because the skin gets stretched due to growth.  I don’t know anyone that likes them or even desires them.

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Don’t Despise the Package!

Gifts come in all shapes and sizes. My family Christmas tree is full of gifts in different colored wrapping paper, bows and ribbon.  Some are big and some are small.  Each of my children hopes that the biggest one goes to them.  For some reason, we often get excited thinking that the bigger the gift

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Walls Around My Heart

Over the years, I have built up walls around my heart. Because of things I have gone through in the past — hurts, rejections, disappointments — I have built these ramparts to protect myself. A lot of us have walls up to protect us from getting hurt. We somehow think that if we isolate our

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Why Won’t God Feel Sorry For Me?

  Have you ever had a bad time in your life where you prayed for things to change, but they didn’t?  This is especially hard when someone has caused you great pain and done something to cause you loss.  I’ve been in this season for a while now.  It started about five years ago.  I

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