Old vs New Nature

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander …

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Gina Goes to the Gym

Gina was there at the gym where Tanner usually worked out. She wasn't there to see him because she was interested in him. After her phone call with Natalie two days ago she decided that she would go to the gym on the pretext of seeing if it was a facility she would want to …

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Hank’s Last Day in Portland

He was going to miss coming here to this spot where he spent hours reflecting, praying and enjoying his surroundings. Hopefully, there will be places of solitude in Cotonou where he could spend time alone with God and nature. He had been a pastor since he was twenty-five and now he was fifty. People were …

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Spousal Abuse

“When it comes to abuse, you believe there’s no way out. There is always help. There is always a way out.” ― Rev. Donna Mulvey It’s hard to believe that Christian women are in abusive marriages but it is true. “Bible verses are often used to justify domestic abuse, such as those that refer to male …

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Guilt and Regret

Photo by Arsham Haghani from Pexels He's dead. My brother is dead because he wore a yellow bandanna. The police officer shot him because he thought he was a member of the Amarillos. I saw it with my own eyes. I saw when it happened. I saw him shoot my brother in cold blood even …

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Darwin’s Fancy

“Tomorrow, we’re going to The National Peristeronic Society.” “What on earth for?” “Well, Dear.  We’ll get to visit Charles Darwin’s home and hear about his pigeon fancy from one of his descendants.  Darwin was a member of the Society, you know.” “Must I go?” “Yes, Dear.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.” Not likely. 53 Words …

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Books for Benita

She was sitting under the tree when he joined her.  A broad smile spread over her face.  “Hi.” He didn’t sit down but leaned against the trunk, arms folded.  “Hi.” He hadn’t meant for anything to happen between them.  She was always by herself, not really socializing with the other students.  He felt sorry for …

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Claude’s Story

I'm sitting in the café which I frequently go to because I love their Latte when I can feel that someone is staring at me.  I turn my head and my eyes meet those of a very beautiful African American woman.  As we lock eyes for what seemed like eternity, I debate whether or not …

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The Unknown God

“Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious;  for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription:  TO THE UNKNOWN GOD..." - Acts 17:22, 23 One of my favorite sermons of the apostle Paul's was the one he …

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David/Rooted #writephoto

This was the tree where David and I met after school.  He was the sweetest boy I ever knew and I always imagined that one day we would get married and have lots of children.  It never occurred to me that laws would soon be put in place to make relationships such as ours illegal. …

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