Dogwood Digest

The Discipline of Forgiving

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 5:31-32 NASB When we were dating, my husband had the habit of sending me, along with…

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Fly the Flag

I love the 4th of July. I love the smell of meat on the grill, outdoor picnics, and fireworks. But what I love best of all is the plethora of American flags decorating lawns, houses, and storefronts. Seeing the red, white, and blue proudly displayed always makes me smile. On the afternoon of 9/11, like…

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It’s a Lock

They looked as if they were out for a lover’s stroll, but in reality they were moving purposefully toward a destination. As they neared the Bastion Hill pedestrian bridge, the young Latvian man reached into his pocket and retrieved a simple padlock, only unusual in the initials and wedding date freshly engraved on its surface.…

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Committed and Compelled

Into the valley of death Rode the six hundred. Cannon to the right of them, Cannon to the left of them, Cannon in front of them Volleyed and thundered; Stormed at with shot and shell, Boldly they rode and well, Into the jaws of Death, Into the mouth of Hell Rode the six hundred. From…

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Surprised by Suffering

An old friend of mine recently suffered a debilitating medical condition which required extensive surgery. Until then, she had enjoyed generally good health, so the whole ordeal caught her off-guard. “I never expected to have to go through anything like this,” she sheepishly confessed to me. “I assumed that the Lord would always protect me…

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The Rock

Standing as a guardian over the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, the Rock of Gibraltar is a world-famous landmark. Its white limestone cliffs stand in stark contrast to the blue sea and sky around it. The Greeks called it a “Pillar of Hercules.” The Phoenicians believed it marked the end of the known world. Its…

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Out Into the Light

She had never seen him before in her life. She saw by his clothing he was a Jew. As she moved toward the well, he startled her by striking up a conversation, requesting she give him a drink with the jug she carried. “You are asking me, a Samaritan woman, to give you a drink?”…

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Avoiding Hypocrisy

A friend of mine (who is not a believer) recently shared a conversation overheard between someone she knew to be a Christian and a senior citizen in their care. The Christian was shockingly abusive in her treatment of the elderly woman, interjecting her venomous accusations with vulgar language and hate. Outraged, my friend told me,…

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Storming the Comfort Zone

The church was split down the middle on the issue. For years they had used a hymnal which contained only words and no music. As the singing was without accompaniment, some felt written musical notes would aid those endeavoring to sing parts. Others strongly felt musical notes on the page would only distract worshippers. The…

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Power to Succeed

He thought he had gotten away with it. The battle had been nothing short of amazing. The walls of Jericho had simply crumbled as the army of Israel gave its shout. The soldiers swarmed into the city, destroying all but Rahab and her family as previously arranged. The orders were clear: take no prisoners, take…

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