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suffering with hope and courage, not bitterness and despair

“Christianity does not provide the reason for each experience of pain, but it does provide deep resources for actually facing suffering with hope and courage rather than bitterness and despair.” (Tim Keller) Remember His words to you, dear Christian. Words … Continue reading

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You might be the person God would use in a pretender’s life

I watched the three of them. One with porcelain beauty, shy, reserved, made nervous by my boisterous veneer and hard-partying reputation. One a song-bird, singing and humming her way through Christian tunes I didn’t quite recognize. I remember thinking she seemed to … Continue reading

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Talking to myself vs. talking to God

Some years ago a friend moved to our town and brought with her a phrase I’d not heard before — she talked about “speaking the gospel” to herself. The phrase carried depth of meaning for her. For me, not having … Continue reading

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still the same inside

It’s that time of year in my town. Co-eds choose the same dream I chased in the 80s. Of course, not all go as I did — some do go to see and savor and thank God for His amazing … Continue reading

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Upside down in a ditch of despair

“Why are you cast down, O my soul?  Why are you in turmoil within me?” (Psalm 42:5) When have you found your soul in turmoil? When have your cries sounded like those of the psalmist?  Maybe you’re there even now … Continue reading

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