Escape by Heather Rae Hutzel (Book Review)

Jesus came to set us free.  The Bible tells us that it was for freedom that Christ has set us free.   Jesus told us that He came that we might have an abundant life.  Freedom is a very important issue to God. Yet, it seems that so many Christians are not living in the

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Worrying is Like Carrying Rocks

All of us worry.  Worry is when we spend a lot of time thinking about things that are beyond our control.  We worry about our kids, our jobs, our finances, our situations, our future, our health….anything that affects us or those that we love we tend to worry about. I worry about a lot of

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Don’t Sacrifice Your Present on an Altar of Your Past

An altar is a place of sacrifice and worship.  In the Old Testament, people would bring offerings to sacrifice upon the altar for various reasons.  In modern times, many churches have an altar at the front of the church, not for sacrifices, but for prayer.  I remember the church I grew up in had an

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How To Survive a Shipwreck (review)

Ever now and then there comes along a book that speaks to the deepest levels of the human spirit.  Jonathan Martin does just that in his newest book, How to Survive a Shipwreck.  With the musings of a poet, the heart of a pastor and the insights of a prophet, Martin masterfully shares the story

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Why You Can’t Set Your Value

The value of an item is determined by two people – the buyer and the seller.  The buyer actually has more weight in this equation because they are the ones that are handing over money for the item.  If the buyer feels that the item is worth the asking price, then they will pay for

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Will You Let Love Be Your Primary Response?

I read a book last year, recommended by a friend, entitled Love Does, by Bob Goff.  It made a huge impact on me because the author lives his life with love being his primary response.  Whenever someone is mean to him or treats him poorly he tries to imagine the best scenario as to why they

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Nothing is Wasted With God

All of us have gone through hard times, suffered loss and tragedy, and at times even made some really costly mistakes.  Many times we think that we have hit the end of the road. We wonder how things can be salvaged out of the mess that has been created. What’s really frustrating, to me anyway,

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Don’t Be the Devil’s Star Witness

Have you ever been blamed or accused of something that you didn’t do?  It’s a terrible feeling.  Even if we did do something wrong, when someone points that out often times we are hit with shame and regret.  It’s never a good feeling. Yet, we so often times are quick to blame or accuse others. 

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A Man Did Time For Me

Prison life has always fascinated me.  It’s another world inside those walls behind the fence.  I’ve watched numerous prison movies and documentaries.  The whole concept of survival in a place like that is interesting to me.  I once had a friend who spent eighteen years of his life behind bars.  His stories intrigued me as

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Eve: A Novel (book review)

As I read my Bible I often have wondered what it would have been like to have been there observing the story as it unfolds — to have seen Moses part the Red Sea, to have seen Elijah on Mt. Carmel opposite the prophets of Baal, to have seen the crucifixion. For me it’s always

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