How to Frustrate Your Personal Peace

“If you insist on asking questions but won’t listen to the answers that are offered, your reward will be frustration and anger; clarity, understanding, and peace will retreat from you like the wind.” But there is a better way Hebrews 10:24   And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good > . .        … More How to Frustrate Your Personal Peace

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Waking Up Angels

Reading with the Pastor John 16  and  Psalms 133-135 Travails in the Schoenleber family have kept me from posting anything new for more than a week but I hope it hasn’t kept you from reading with the pastor. Today we come to John 16 and Psalms 133-135. It is a good selection to be coupled … More Waking Up Angels

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Ann’s Words

Filled with a knowledge of Scripture, this one sentence from Ann Voskamp’s blog post today (“What to hold on to when it feels like the world is hurting”) is worth contemplating, as is the whole post she offers the world today. There is faith that stands or falls on the truth that the future with … More Ann’s Words

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I Left Paris Just Hours Before the Carnage Began

Tuesday is for Reflection I was returning from a trip to Israel and had a six hour layover in Paris. It was a marvelous experience, life-changing for many of us including myself, and it was a shock after passing through customs to see on the monitors in baggage claim that Paris had once again been … More I Left Paris Just Hours Before the Carnage Began

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America Was Never a Christian Nation — not in any biblical sense anyway

Friday Thoughts You’ve heard the pundits. “This is a Christian nation” or, with equal fervor, “This is not and never was a Christian nation.” The reality? America was never a Christian nation—in any biblical sense. First, America is not a Christian country. It is a country with a veneer of Christianity. That Christian veneer was … More America Was Never a Christian Nation — not in any biblical sense anyway

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Beating Back Depression and Desperation

Encouragement for the Soul Continuing to meditate on one of the texts from lasts week’s message and had some further thoughts. What will rescue us from the depressions and desperations of our situation? When children distance themselves from us of the Lord, what will keep our hearts at rest? You wife or husband is less than … More Beating Back Depression and Desperation

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Choosing Joy Over Sin

Weekend Musings “Every choice away from the will of God is a choice to diminish our joy in God. Any diminution of God’s law or application of of God’s word in our situation is always–no matter how reasonable it appears, no matter how pleasurable the immediate gratification, or how stress-reducing (for the moment), a movement … More Choosing Joy Over Sin

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