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The Praying Mom and the Grateful Soldier

The Praying Mom and the Grateful Soldier

I want to give a big shout out to my better-looking big brother, Dave Nielsen. In the mid 60's, when thousands of young men were burning their draft cards, Dave volunteered to serve. Dave always liked the ocean, and he enlisted with the US Navy. He was trained as a...

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The Barbarian Call to Prayer

The Barbarian Call to Prayer

I have begun reading a marvelous book by Erwin Raphael McManus: “The Barbarian Way.” What a book! If you haven’t had the chance to read it, I recommend you do! It will challenge you to take inventory of why you follow Jesus, and give you some real clarity on what that...

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Tale of Two Men Who Gave it All

Tale of Two Men Who Gave it All

Jesus tells a powerful parable in Matthew 13 that produces a FREEZE FRAME for us of two men who went all out to secure a treasure that they could not pass up. “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field. When a man discovered it, he buried it again. He...

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Pray for Kanye and the Pro Life Movement!

Pray for Kanye and the Pro Life Movement!

There is a whisper going around the country about Kanye West. Many wonder if his conversion is real. Others of us marvel at the unbelief expressed in that sentiment. All of us are beginning to see the implications as the news rolls out. “Now that I’m in...

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The Gray Champion Rises Again

The Gray Champion Rises Again

For Such An Hour As This When, in the course of human events, a dark cloud of moral morass settles over a once righteous republic, when the foundations upon which this republic is built begin to erode, and when the attack upon those foundations is relentless, God...

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The ‘Pray Through’ Effect

The ‘Pray Through’ Effect

  Prayer is a spiritual exercise that draws on every faculty of the human personality. But that’s not all. It is the active engagement with the Holy Spirit to bring to birth the fulfilment of God’s promises. I was blessed to have two parents who prayed. They...

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Blinded by the Cataracts of the Customary

Blinded by the Cataracts of the Customary

"Earth's crammed with heaven,And every common bush afire with God,But only he who sees takes off his shoes." ~Elizabeth Browning   How often do we miss what God has for us because we are distracted by the ordinary? Better yet, how many times do we miss God in the...

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How A Wave Is Formed

How A Wave Is Formed

Waves are majestic. They’re powerful, They’re refreshing. They evoke wonder and awe. They invite participation. They bring renewal. They gain power with forward movement. They re-define the shoreline. There is nothing like sprinting on a summer’s day across golden...

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Prayer Keeps Us From Drifting

Prayer Keeps Us From Drifting

Have you ever gone swimming or body surfing out on the beach, only discover after 30 or 40 minutes that you ended up hundreds of feet down-shore from where you started? This is called drift. It wasn't intentional. It just happened over time as you were overpowered...

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A Wing & A Prayer

A Wing & A Prayer

"If you do something on a wing and a prayer, you do it hoping that you will succeed, although you are not prepared enough for it."~The Cambridge Dictionary This is Jim Thorpe. Take a close look at the picture and you will notice that his shoes and socks don't match....

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It Only Takes A Prayer

It Only Takes A Prayer

Many of us watching the news today are taken back by what we see flashing before our TV and computer screens. School violence. Reports of human trafficking growing by leaps and bounds, springing up in our neighborhoods. Rampant drug abuse. Young people being swept by...

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