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Because A Battle Precedes An Invitation

He appeared for the very first time in Old Testament history a few chapters ago. Seemingly out of nowhere, Moses calls Joshua to battle saying, “Select some men for us and go fight against Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the hilltop with God’s staff in my hand.” Without hesitation, “Joshua did as Moses had... Read more

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Because the Next Chapter Has Nothing (and Everything) to Do With Us

My new chronological Bible changes things up. Interrupts history with the pain-filled story of Job. Slips it right in between the death of Joseph and the arrival of Moses. Uninvited. Leaving us on the edge of our seat as Joseph dies and the Israelites are left alone in Egypt for several generations – Growing in... Read more

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The Best A Man Can Be

This isn’t anything new. Men longing to be their best. But not making “the cut.” Literally. Joseph’s brothers felt the daily pain of falling short in the eyes of their father. And decided to take matters into their own hands. Remove the son who made them feel “less than.” Surely our father’s favorite son can’t... Read more

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Because He’s Still Watching

You don’t have to make it very far in your daily Bible reading to hear the words, “When the Lord saw that human wickedness was widespread on the earth…….” “The Lord regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was deeply grieved.” Just three chapters into Genesis and the story of creation... Read more

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When Heaven Visits Your Driveway

I hear the men working right outside my window as I type. Faint voices floating softly just above the sound of old asphalt being busted apart then scooped into a big truck. ________________________ Bits and pieces of our family story are imprinted on the piles of rubble right outside our door. And in just a... Read more

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When Hope Holds Up Your Branches

I won’t deny it. There’s beauty in every winter snow…… even when it falls in spring. The calendar can’t control its arrival any more than we can. And with world-hushing power, it has a way of uniting all creation under its blanket. Snowflakes slowly pile high, creating magical scenes, but at the very same time,... Read more

Maybe It’s As Simple As Giving Empty Jars

It’s funny how a sermon can hit you in an unexpected way……….. cause your mind to wander………… and the next thing you know you’re thinking about what’s sitting on your kitchen counter that very second and how maybe just maybe you washed out empty jars the night before not so much to clean them but to... Read more

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When Time Stops But The Stairs Keep Moving

Kids often run full speed toward new things. Who wouldn’t want to ride on “moving stairs?” But a lanyard around the neck of a little boy with tiny legs can quickly become an enemy when brought too close to a gap in the moving metal. Before I could even think, he was way ahead of me, moving upward,... Read more

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The Wonderful But Unexpected Destination Of Our Penny Date

I should have know this penny was special. As I drove to meet a friend for lunch, I couldn’t help but reflect on our life stories and how they had crossed paths at such a difficult time in both of our lives. My son was fighting brain cancer. Her son was fighting leukemia. Almost ten years... Read more

Learning from the Back Seat isn’t Easy but Sometimes It’s Important

We did a lot of traveling when I was a little girl. Trips from Oklahoma to Pennyslvania. Trips from Pennsylvania to Kentucky. Trips from Kentucky to Oklahoma. My sister and I shared the back seat like two small puppies in a cardboard box. We wrestled for space when we needed alone time-one toe touching the... Read more