God with Me

Rise up, my love Immanuel awakens a listening ear. “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.” “O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is...

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Now That They’re Gone

Christmas will not be the same “Cast down, but not destroyed.” Paul’s words to the Corinthian Church ring in our ears, but distress or despair wait to overtake us. Our family member has gone home to be with the Lord. It was just yesterday and now its holiday time — Christmas...

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Santa Claus

A Christian Zealot Santa Claus is a legend born in centuries of imagination, but his origins take us back to a 4th century holy man whose fervor and generosity characterized him as a Christian zealot. Saint Nicholas, bishop of Myra, was born during the persecutions of Diocletian in what is...

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Mosaic Law; the Good and Bad of it

  Fatal to sanity What is lawlessness but a conscience-seared? — a moral staple of psychological human-hood denied and burnt to a crisp. The part which approves or disapproves us, accuses or excuses us, or simply gives an account of oneself; conscience; has been rendered kaput by artificial casting off restraints?...

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Two Men

1 Corinthians 6:7 Even to have such lawsuits with one another is a defeat for you. Why not just accept the injustice and leave it at that? Why not let yourselves be cheated? Living Bible Luke 6:29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the...

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Extracting the Sweetness

Spared the Heartache? We can’t dismiss the need for discipline, focus, enduring in times when things seem to be quite impossible. We will have many moments overwhelmed, many occasions of pain and disgust. We will not be spared the heartache. We will not find easy fixes for these times. My...

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Meekness and the Nation

The meek shall inherit the earth “The meek will He guide in judgment; the humble will hear and be glad. The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live forever.” Psalm 22:26 “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and...

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Bill Kraski

  Bill Kraski loomed a giant among the weak. My first words to him were always, “How you feelin’?” For as long as I knew him, Bill was a member of “the walking wounded;”  men who sometimes seemed to be “dead men walking.”  Just his appearance welled up tears in me —...

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Shining Refugees Percieve Home

Accumulate enough substance to stay We moved out here and have accumulated enough substance to stay. This is our separation, our disjointing, our escape, our harbor of strength. The great divide between soul and spirit deepens out here. Old-world goods and bads detach, with old- world emotions and self-collecting; we are free....

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Quirks of Men

A quirk of psyche Was Jesus ever sad? Isaiah 42:4 prophetically shows Him unfailing and un-discouraged, but, in chapter 53, He was a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief. He wept more than once prior to His agony — at the grave of his friend and on the overlook of...

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