Author Archive: Paul Shotsberger

Inspiring Writing

I read for work, I read for pleasure, but I also read for inspiration. Toward the latter, I’m currently reading The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman. It’s the story of the characters, events and intrigue that brought about the start of World War I. For your own inspiration, here’s a sample: The long-desired …

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Inspiration

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT) We’re doing an interesting study right now in my house …

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Friendship

There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24, NLT) I want to tell you a story, a story that is almost 100 years old. It’s a story of salvation, but also of friendship and commitment. It’s a story that has affected almost all of us …

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Why Does Praise Even Matter?

My good friend Kandace Terry has written a remarkable reflection on the importance of praise. I am reposting her blog entry with her permission so that more people (who still read) can appreciate her deep revelation. Why does praise even matter?  kandacenoelle@thekingscandle.com August 28, 2017 Any of you who have known me for any length of …

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Love Bade Me Welcome by George Herbert

Love bade me welcome. Yet my soul drew back                               Guilty of dust and sin. But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack                              From my first entrance in, Drew …

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A Good Word for Parents

This story is included in a book I’m reading called Organic Community, and it has so much truth in it for parents, I thought I’d pass it along. If you haven’t been there already, you will likely find yourself there at some point. Stay the course, you’re doing great! Denise VanEck says this in a …

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Creator God

God is infinitely creative! Days of creation in Genesis 1 What is recorded What is not mentioned 1 light/darkness day/night physical laws of the universe (e.g., properties of light, gravity, time) 2 separation of waters atmosphere, weather, breathable air 3 seas/dry ground/vegetation biodiversity, growth, asexual reproduction, harvest, sustainability 4 lights in the sky other worlds, …

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Seeing Closed Doors As God’s Grace

“When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.” (Acts 16:7) So, I’m at an interesting time in my life. As all of us do who are older, I imagined that when I got around 60 years old, my life would be …

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Reflections on Creativity

God could easily have stopped at the creation of the angels and had enough praise and worship for eternity. But in His creativity, He decided that the ultimate creation would be of creatures who could also create, those who were actually created to do good works. Among those good works, certainly, is art. God inspires …

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Getting Unstuck

How is your spiritual life? Is it vibrant and amazing? Or not so much? Do you feel like you are right where God wants you, that you are living out the gospel, or do you feel stuck? And if you feel stuck, do you know how to get unstuck? Luke 4 is a fascinating chapter …

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