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He Knows My Name

How do you feel about your name? I like mine; that is not entirely true, I will try to make a long story short. I go by my middle name, Abraham. I have never used my first name, no one has ever called me by it, in fact, any time my first name is used...

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Difficult Glory

How far will you let God go in using you for His glory? When Isaiah saw the Lord, he heard God ask, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Isaiah immediately responded, “Here am I! Send me!” This response was without knowing the mission, the words or the outcome, he was moved...

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Who made these plans?

One of my favorite television shows as a kid was the corny action adventure show “The A Team”. At that time I would have loved anything that had Mr. T as one of the stars but when they added car chases and explosions they had the perfect formula for a 12 year old fan. At...

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Ever Fainted?

I have been trying to write about Psalm 27:13 for the last few days. David wrote, “I would have lost heart (fainted), unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Each time I have sat down to write I just have not felt like...

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Growth & Mixed Emotions

Today is the first day of school for our city. It has been a day of mixed emotions. My oldest son Noah started the fourth grade. This was the first time in his school career that the first day didn’t involve me as anything more than a taxi driver. Every year before today, the first...

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Obstacles or Opportunities?

One of my favorite verses is the second half of Psalm 23:3, “He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” I have used this verse as a prayer thousands of times. I find great comfort in knowing that there is a “path” that has been set out for me; that I am...

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Need A Towel?

As Paul neared the end of his letter to the Ephesian Church he began to admonish them, giving advice as to how they should live, with God and with each other. He wrote: “Be imitators of God as dear children.” “Walk as children of light . . . Finding out what is acceptable to the...

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The Path and the Voice

A few years ago when I was reading over the Genesis account of Noah and the building of the ark I came to a startling conclusion: if Noah was wrong and didn’t hear from God, the worst thing that could have happened is that he would have ended up with an arc in his backyard;...

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Joyfully Free

Have you ever been to a party that suddenly went bad? A time that was supposed to be a celebration that out of nowhere became filled with tension, sadness or even strife? After the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem all of the people of Israel gathered at the Water Gate for a celebration that...

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Standards, Curfews and My Dad

When I was a senior in high school I went to my Father to try to negotiate a later curfew. At that time my curfew was earlier than that of all my friends and so I went with that as my one argument. I had made an assumption that this would be an easy win,...