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Shame, shame

The Bible tells us that we are all guilty of sin. 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  Romans 3:23 (NIV) The dictionary tells us these definitions: GUILT – noun The fact or state of having … Continue reading

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Got garbage?

Earlier this week I was once again awakened in the wee hours by a noisy garbage truck picking up cans on my street. I was annoyed, and as I tried to snatch a few more minutes of sleep, I imagined … Continue reading

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Debts vs Trespasses

Some denominations say the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13, Luke 11:4) with the phrase, “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors,” while others say, “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” This is a … Continue reading

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Seeking both lessons and blessings amidst the pain

A few years ago I was asked to speak at a women’s meeting and to bring, “Just seven to ten minutes on the topic of forgiveness.” Easy, right? There are possibly hundreds of books written on that topic and I … Continue reading

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Good intentions

You may have read the book or seen the popular movie, The Help, a story of women’s lives in Mississippi during the very beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement of the 60’s. This story is told through the eyes of … Continue reading

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Forgiveness in a world of entitlement

A few years ago I was asked to speak at a women’s meeting: “Just seven to ten minutes on the topic of forgiveness.” Easy, right? There are possibly hundreds of books written on the subject of forgiveness and I was … Continue reading

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Reaching out

The comic strip Pearls Before Swine, by Stephen Pastis, once featured Rat saying to his friend the goat, “I have not gone to church in a long time.”  The goat responds, “Oh, yeah? Why is that?” and Rat replies, “I’m … Continue reading

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Let him who is without sin cast the first stone

I am a huge fan of the Dugger family and their reality TV program, “19 Kids and Counting.” I appreciate the way they live out their faith. Imagine my shock at this week’s news about oldest son, Josh, who has … Continue reading

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Lessons & Blessings: Sometimes the Lesson is the Blessing

While serving as a national officer of a women’s ministry a couple of years ago, I was asked to speak at a regional conference: “Just seven to ten minutes on the topic of forgiveness.” Simple, right? There are entire books … Continue reading

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Does a Christian have a license to sin?

“Once saved, always saved” is one of those controversial philosophies sometimes discussed in the Christian community. It expresses one answer to the question of whether it is possible for a Christian to lose his or her salvation. The critics of … Continue reading

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