My niece, Darcy, is an incredibly sweet child, always eager to please. She is three years old and she absolutely adores her slightly older cousin.
Recently the two were playing together and had gone into a bedroom together. Suddenly, Darcy came down the hall in a state of indignation, saying, “Jo-Jo slapped my face.”
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How distant seems past sunshine;
How dismal is the rain
When dark clouds of despair
Gather overhead again.
All the blessing we’ve been given
Seem nothing but hope lost
When we’re faced with our own sin
And are forced to bear the cost;
But no matter what you’ve done;
No matter what you’ve been;
… Continue reading If you are in despair…
I felt great this morning until a customer in a defensive mood called my office. I had sent her a notice that an invoice several months old was unpaid although she had recently paid one that was brand new. I’m sure most people don’t like to learn that an account they think is paid
… Continue reading A great mood ruined…
Once I was sinful for a long period of time. When I repented of my sin, I sometimes wondered if my repentance was sufficient to redeem me. Then one night, in a dream, Satan appeared to me. I turned my back on him and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of
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One of my young relatives has been in trouble all of her adult life for drugs and for theft. She has also gone from one “love” relationship to another. In the past year, however, she has lived with her aging parents and has behaved very well. I was dismayed when I learned she had
… Continue reading Going up or Going Down?
If you were to ask me what my major sin is, I would answer without hesitation. I am a vain person. If someone criticizes me, that old vanity thing clicks in and I can get downright mean. Of course, one good temper explosion can negate a lifetime of being a “nice” person.
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What if in your sleep tonight
The call of Jesus came
And you hadn’t found the time
To be baptized in his name?
Wouldn’t you be sorry then
That you thought you could wait
However long you wanted to
And still avoid your fate?
Oh friend, please turn to Jesus now;
The moment is
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Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself, he said, “How many of
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It’s not that rose so precisely cut as it is the fallen sinner who by the Grace of God gets up. It’s not that fine car parked high on a hill as it is a burning desire for the Master’s Will. …It can never be the diplomat or the bomb he releases or this
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