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Good News To All

Dear Saints, I just talked with someone this morning about how Eastern religious practices are making their way into the church.  Why would that happen?  Perhaps it is because as Burk Parsons writes, people are looking for the “fresh and new.”  Today’s entry is short and may not be profound.  Or is it?  A reminder to stand […]

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An Article on Joy

Dear Saints, There is a struggle we all have between biblical joy and circumstantial happiness.  How do we respond to circumstances that are dry, hard and/or traumatic and seem to never end?  This entry on true joy speaks into this challenge.  Certainly there are situations of clinical depression or situations that make us cry out […]

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Fellowship Meals

Dear Saints, This week’s devotion comes from Rosaria Butterfield regarding the evangelistic value of fellowship meals.  I am not attempting to guilt trip people (for I too would be guilt tripped), but it serves as a reminder just how powerful breaking bread with even our enemies can be.   I commend it to you. “In […]

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Love: Needs Vs. Wants

“It (love) does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” 1 Corinthians 13:6-8a What do you do when someone loves you in a way that you did not expect? Do you shrug it off, chalking it up […]

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Does God Scare You?

Dear Saints, Perhaps you have felt like this about God – that He is scary.  Yet He is supposed to be good, approachable and loving.  I am reminded of the C.S. Lewis comment that goes  – “Safe?  Of course, He is not safe, but He is good.”   Ed Welch in his article, “God Scares […]

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The Thief of Joy

I recently started a photography job that includes showing and selling the finished sessions to clients. I have done better at sales than I expected; it helps that I believe in what I am selling. I rarely see my coworkers, so we use a virtual workspace platform where we can share tips and successes, ask […]

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A Gospel Coalition Article For You

Dear Saints,The following article/video addresses suffering in a very real, lucid and evangelistic manner.  While it does not address sociological suffering per se, it speaks to every one of us at some level.  I commend it to you.  “Nightbirde, How Can It Be OK?” by Angela Davis

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A Reflection on Psalm 73

Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches. All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence. For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning. If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed the generation of […]

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A Reflection on Psalm 37

Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall […]

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A Sermon for You

Good morning, Crown and Joy!  Today I am attending a conference held by the Banner of Truth.  They are known for their publication of old books with rich theology, but they also feature contemporary speakers with spiritual depth.  One such speaker is H.B. Charles.  The son of a Preacher Man, he is carrying on his father’s […]

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Who Are the Poor?

The poor. It’s a common phrase, and as often happens with common phrases, we use it without comprehending its meaning. So, who are the poor? Generally, that phrase is used to refer to people making less than a specific income. If you asked people for some specific examples from day-to-day life, the homeless and people […]

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Public-Private

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as […]

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