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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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It’s Complicated: An Ode to My Father’s and My Relationship on the One Hundredth Anniversary of His Birth

Today would have been my father’s one hundredth birthday. My father was a complicated man, and ours was a complex relationship.  He was of the service-oriented G.I. generation, and I was a privileged Baby Boomer; he was hard tack and I was Meals Ready to Eat.  He sacrificed for his family because that’s all he …

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Obsolescence

When I was in high school, my father’s pharmaceutical company merged with a similar-size company. My father became the executive vice president of the newly formed organization, overseeing the smooth transition from two companies to one. By the time I was a junior in college, the merger was complete and a new executive board had been …

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Ballots and Bullets

We find ourselves in a presidential election year, faced with some tough choices. In this convention season, the rhetoric is getting more shrill and the facts are harder to come by. An individual’s vote in November, it seems, is less about choosing for a candidate as defending against everyone else. And it seems to me …

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