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The Land Never Forgets

The Land Never Forgets

For darkness shall cover the earth,     and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you,     and his glory will appear over you. Is 60:2 On Friday mornings, I used to eat breakfast with the pastor of a neighboring church. He had a fascinating hobby and used to share stories about it when we met. During the year, he and some friends would study a specific battle from the Civil War. They would chart troop movements and unique…

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Enduring Hope

Enduring Hope

“so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name.” Isaiah 45:3b Sunday was another dark day on the shores of Lake Erie. Hope in the city of Cleveland was as abundant as the empty seats at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Cleveland Browns lost their sixth game of the season to the Houston Texans. That the game was played in Houston made the loss feel even more lonely and isolating…

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Mercy Shall Pursue You

Mercy Shall Pursue You

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,” Psalm 23:6a Lucas Jackson was a character born with more guts than brains. Arrested for a misdemeanor offense, decapitating parking meters while drunk, he was sentenced to two years of hard labor in a Florida prison farm. A restless spirit, Luke couldn’t endure authority, nor confinement.  When his mother died while he was in prison, he attempted an escape to attend the funeral. It was the first…

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When Darkness Becomes Light

When Darkness Becomes Light

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son…” John 3:16 Yesterday, on my way home from work, I watched a car make a right hand turn on a red light. It was not the best decision. There was not a lot of distance between cars for the driver to make this move. However, the car was able to squeeze in without anyone slamming on their brakes. The decision did not sit well with the driver immediately…

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Life in the Midst of Chaos

Life in the Midst of Chaos

the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep Gen. 1:2 Once when I was a camp counselor, my campers asked to sleep out under the stars. We invited another group to join us and went to a remote location deep in the woods. The moonless night made it very dark, but the darkness provided a brilliant display of stars. As we settled down to sleep, my most vocal and demonstrative camper started yelling and…

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