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The Word is Truth

When a relative found out I was on the pulpit team at New Hope Chapel, she asked in astonishment: “So you just ignore those verses in Scripture that limit women?” Ummm…no. I wouldn’t be much of a Bible teacher if I cherry-picked what I wanted to believe and what I did not from God’s Word.…

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An author interview on my writing and ministry

I’m featured this weekend on The Sidewalk Theologian, in an interview about my writing and ministry. Thanks, Cheri, for giving me an opportunity to share with your readers! Be sure to leave a comment and check out the rest of her blog! http://www.cherilynncowell.com/blog/

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Persuaded

The supply of wine had been depleted. Not one drop left. And the party was still going strong. Mary shuddered at the embarrassment the oversight would bring on the hosts. She instinctively turned to her son to relate the news. He would know what to do. But Jesus seemed impervious to the problem. “Woman, what…

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Shekinah Glory

The celebration began at sundown on October 12 and will continue through tomorrow. Sukkot is the Hebrew name for the Feast of Tabernacles, a Jewish harvest festival established by God in Leviticus 23. In Biblical times each family would erect a small, temporary structure in the midst of their crops in the field; there they would…

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A Different Kind of Rest

It had been an exhilarating ride. Sent out as representatives of Jesus, the disciples had travelled in pairs from town to town, preaching repentance, healing the sick, and casting out demons. He sent them with the barest of essentials, no spare clothing, food, or even money. They arrived back days later with stories to tell…

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Swamp Smoke

As I stepped out to walk Sasha last month, a pervasive smell in the morning air accosted me. Something was clearly burning, but I could see no sign of visible smoke. It wasn’t until later, when I logged on to my computer, that I discovered the odor’s point of origin. Apparently lightning had ignited a…

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In God We Trust

In the days and months following the Black Tuesday stock market crash in 1929, despair over financial ruin prompted many suicides. One man left this note behind before ending his life: “My body should go to science, my soul to Andrew W. Mellon, and sympathy to my creditors.” Eventually the despair over lost fortunes trickled…

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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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