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Book Review: ‘Sacred Rest’ by Saundra Dalton-Smith
Jan06

Book Review: ‘Sacred Rest’ by Saundra Dalton-Smith

Are you weak, weary or worn out? Are you maxed out and stressed out? When is the last time you were simply still? These are some questions author Saundra Dalton-Smith asks in her book Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity.  Published by Faith Words in 2017, Sacred Rest addresses the epidemic of exhaustion in our culture. It challenges readers to understand the practical aspects of rest, evaluate...

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DHD: David French; James Lankford; Reading in 2020; Daily Bible Reading; David Stern; Thunder Thoughts
Jan03

DHD: David French; James Lankford; Reading in 2020; Daily Bible Reading; David Stern; Thunder Thoughts

Greetings! The year 2020 has begun. Are you like me and already tired of the advice of writing out “2020” on your checks instead of the final two digits (e.g. 1/3/20)? I get the jest. Somebody can add two more numbers and misidentify the year you intended to write. I’m waiting for Babylon Bee to come out with a spoof report about somebody having a financial crisis over a misdated personal check. Here’s the first 2020 edition of...

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What is self-control?
Jan02

What is self-control?

As a new year dawns, self-examination and self-improvement are at the forefront of our collective minds. New Year’s resolutions of personal development stand again before the scrutiny of January’s first few weeks—an adversary well-versed at gobbling up even the best laid plans. For many, the desires to grow spiritually or improve physically sit atop the post-Christmas wish list. Whatever the avenue of progress one chooses, most often,...

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Explaining godly morality to your kids
Jan02

Explaining godly morality to your kids

There is an aspect of Christian thought that falls into the moral philosophy category that all children should know. I know when I use words like “moral philosophy,” some readers might began to fall asleep. Such a phrase can sound like a discussion reserved for academics. However, this topic is rather easy and exceedingly important. There are ways of thinking about what is right and wrong that is different than what the Bible teaches....

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My Word for 2020
Dec31

My Word for 2020

FOCUS. A dear friend of mine and Todd’s recently challenged us to choose a word for 2020, one we felt led by the Lord to embrace and pursue over the next 365 days. This is mine. Up until a few years ago, I would say I was pretty focused, even goal-oriented, but then life got complicated. Messy. I won’t make a list of excuses. I know my struggles are not unique. They were just new to me, and although I see clear evidence that God did...

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The Curse of Mary
Dec30

The Curse of Mary

Mary was a cursed woman. I know that isn’t something we normally say because the Bible says she would be called blessed for the rest of human history. However, in her time, she was near the bottom of the social ladder in every way. She was a Jewish woman living during a time when Jews were occupied by Rome, and woman were often treated as mere property. She had no vote and no voice in anything that went on around her. She was...

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