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I seem to be on an organizing kick lately.  It’s probably because of a book I’m reading that I will review shortly when I’m done with it.  At any rate, I wanted to share another super helpful little thing that has been really good for me. An on-going challenge for me is to do more in my prayer life.  While I do have regular prayer time throughout my day and especially at my devotional time, this year I sought to be more organized with my prayers....

It has long been an interesting thought to me that the missionary we call Saint Patrick was more like a Baptist than a Catholic.  The Roman Catholic Church has “kidnapped” this faithful servant of God from his humble calling to preach the gospel to Ireland, and venerated him. Maybe I enjoy hearing his story in the month of March because some of my own heritage is Irish (from the Condren clan on my father’s side which used to be “O’Condren”). ...

In the political world and in our culture, there’s a new term called the “snowflake” generation.  It has become one of Collins Dictionary’s 2016 words of the year, and it means, “the young adults of the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations”1  There is a wider connotation to mean that these are young people (teens through early adult-hood) who not only are offended easily, but seem to think it’s ok to melt down in a...

How to be a follower The humility and discipline of submitting to those over us has a subtle and unique power.  It is not power over the leader, but power over self. Power over selfishness.  To place my desires and perspective and opinions below that of another person (husband, parent, pastor, teacher, rules, etc.) Is not only a freeing thing, but an empowering thing.  Modern feminism, even “Christian” feminism, rebels against this.  This militant...

Reading through the whole Bible ought to be a basic discipline for every Christian.  This is the Book we love.  It is our basis for life and godliness.  How can we live in the way God wants if we don’t read it?  This year,  I chose the chronological schedule, and loved it!  Years ago I had read through a printed Chronological Bible but had forgotten how helpful this method was.   Job is read toward the beginning of the year since Job lived...

  “Receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21).   This Wednesday night, I happened to pull out the lesson about the Sower and the Seeds to teach to our Summit Bible Club because of the connection to harvest time (Matthew 13:3; Mark 4:3; Luke 8:5).  Little did I know that I needed to hear the lesson as much as, probably more than, the kids needed it.  The lesson was very simple, but so difficult to hear. ...

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