Territory

My fascination with wells in the Bible continues to grow… The Bible is full of references to wells.  I originally learned why in a devotion from Brad White, “…After people heard God speak, they would often dig a well and give it a name.  As a result, whenever they took water from it, they would remember God’s words and goodness.” Well, consider my mind blown, when Pastor Banning Liebscher, mentioned another purpose of wells.  The wells dug by The Israelites were ...

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Look

Reflecting on the face of Mary, the mother of God, is a takeaway for me after a recent trip to Rome, Italy. After touring the Vatican, Saint Peter’s Basilica and the famous Uffuzi Gallery it’s hard to ignore that the nativity scene is a popular renaissance subject. I also noticed how how the face of Mary is depicted tells you about the artist. During a tour I learned that Michelangelo’s sculpture The Pieta was critiqued ...

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Slow

Don’t rush; how about that for a Christmas message? The Christmas countdown is on, but instead of a sprinting to the finish, maybe we can handle it like a walking marathon (if there even is such a thing). Maybe we should just take a cue from my Italian Grandmother, who planned her day calmly, and knew that it was the time we spent (and the food we ate) that mattered the most.  As I pull out ...

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A Few Thoughts on Loss

Loss; as much as we try to put it off or ignore it, loss is a big part of life that we all have to face. Sometimes it’s a small loss, like your favorite sports team loses the big game. That’s the kind of loss make you down and maybe even upset for a few days, but you get on with your life promising yourself ‘we’ll get them next year!’ But life gives you way bigger ...

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Drawing from the Well

Sometimes our experiences aren’t just about us. Sometimes you literally have to share your faith with a hurting person whose faith is faltering. A dear friend of mine recently asked me what I did when I had a crisis of faith. I told her I went back to “one of my wells.” I got the “well” concept from a devotion by Brad White, “…drawing water from a well ...

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Spiritual Lessons from the Plumber

Last weekend, I was throwing out some old leftovers and put some chicken down the garbage disposal. In the middle of its chopping and grinding, it started making a strange noise and the sink started filling up with water. I tried several tricks that usually get the water to drain and the disposal working again – but, alas, none of them worked. So, I called my friend, Cameron, who’s a plumber ...

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Taste and See

Donut Prince is a famous donut shop in Burbank, California. “If your marriage has a hole in it, fill it with a donut,” say owners Tek and Betty. God works in unique ways: this husband and wife team found that owning this business steered them away from divorce. Now, their iconic shop helps share their message, while satisfying the sweet tooth of many. Donut shops in Atlanta offer their own ...

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Perfect in Christ

As a mom of three wonderful boys, I feel so blessed!  Not to mention, I get to hang out with you on The Fish every night.   God showed me an interesting thing tonight.  I was surfing on-line and came upon the definition of perfection.  Merriam-Webster defines it as "freedom from fault or defect:Flawlessness" or "the quality or state of being saintly."  Wow, that caught my attention. Saintly???  I have been driven ...

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Trusting God in Relationships

My Dad is 82 and recently drove his pick-up truck 12 and a half hours away to his home town of Swissdale, PA. By himself. I emphasize “by himself” because several folk close to us have gasped and responded to that feat by saying “at his age!?!" Yes, without a second thought. He has always been strong, mentally and physically. This is his first trip away from home since moving in with ...

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Are you embracing your freedom?

I'm not talking about celebrating the freedom of living in the USA. We're pretty good at that. It's especially easy this time of year with all the flags, parades, fireworks and patriotic music. I'm referring to the freedom we have in Christ. I'm embarrassed to admit, but I'm not always the best at it.  Do you ever do this?  You sin, confess, but feel so badly about it, that you skip ...

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