A Teacher’s Confession

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com "Good Morning, father." "Good Morning." She quickly made the sign of the cross before saying, "Bless me father, for I have sinned. It has been five months since my last confession. These are my sins.” Father Culpepper listened as she confessed her sins briefly and clearly. "Father, I'm truly sorry …

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Dushan Learns of Chioma’s Visit to Ruth

Dushan was sitting at his desk when he got a call from a number he didn't recognize. He decided to let it go to his voice mail. He heard the beep and stiffened when he heard Ruth's voice. "Dushan, it's Ruth. I'm calling from the boardroom. That's why you don't recognize the number. The reason …

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Christ and His Church

"I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels" - Isaiah 61:10, NKJV Image from ssnet.org When I read this …

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Facing Temptation

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it - 1 Corinthians 10:13, NKJV Temptation is something we all face. Even Jesus …

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Jabulani Pines for Max

Jabulani felt spent from crying every night when she was lying in bed, thinking about Max and aching for him. Weeks had passed since they last spoke to each other. Why had he stopped calling her? She tried calling him on his cell but it went straight to voice mail which was always full which …

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Keep Your Heart

Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you.  Let your eyes look straight ahead,And your eyelids look right before you.  Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established.  Do not turn to the right …

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A Long Over-due Ending

She was waiting for him. Dread filled him and for several minutes, he stood there watching her, wondering if it was such a good idea meeting her. Then, he determined that it was. Breaking up over the phone was cowardly. He had to tell her face to face that it was over between them. Hopefully, …

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At the Community Center

Hank was sitting on the bench at the community center when Anaïs walked over to him. "Hello, Pastor Hank." "Hello, Anaïs." "I didn't expect to run into you here but I'm glad I did. I'm here to sign up for a Fitness Kickboxing class." "That's great. I'm here because I teach Vegan and Vegetarian cooking …

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Fear and Wisdom

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom - Psalm 111:10 What does it mean to "fear" the Lord? Does it mean to be terrified of Him? No. It means to be in reverence of Him (to have and show the utmost respect) and who wouldn't be once they come to know Him? The psalmist actually gives us some …

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When Overwhelmed, Seek God

I cried out to God with my voice—To God with my voice; And He gave ear to me. In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord - Psalm 77:1, 2 Sometimes God allows trials in our lives, but don't be discouraged. It's always for a good reason. It could be Him trying to …

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