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Doubts and Faith

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I’m finding I need to rely on past teachings to make it through each day I now face.  With all  that has happened in the lives of those who take care of me, I find doubts enter my mind with an ever increasing frequency.


Knowing I need faith to get through this - more faith than I have ever had to muster before - I ordered a Bible study book on James called, Live Faithfully: A Study in the Book of James, by Lenya Heitzig and Penny Rose.  …

The Beginning and the End

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I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.  Revelation 22:13


This Christmas Eve finds me celebrating with my 14-year old daughter.  And it’s hard.


Christmas has always meant family to me.  From the time I was little, when there were huge family gatherings of aunts and uncles, grandparents, what seemed line an endless array of cousins that got together each and every year - to Christmases with my own four children, my sister and her family, my brother and his family and my mom and dad - to the reality of now, I’m seeing I’ve been viewing Christmas through the wrong lens.


When the Unspeakable Happens

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Therefore, I urge you, brethren, by the mercies o God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”  Romans 12: 1-2


Sometimes, as I try to make sense of the happenings in my life recently, I find myself drawn to 

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