Andrae Crouch: My Own Tribute

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I thank God for the mountains, I thank Him for the valleys And I thank Him for the storms He’s brought me through ‘Cause if I’d never had a problem I’d never know that God could solve them I’d never know what faith in His word can do. -"Through It All"  by Andrae crouch I’d say he built all of us up, some a little, some, like me, an awful lot. Music permeates, after all, so when musicians birth great songs, they settle into our lives and literally become part of us. That’s why you can still remember tunes that got you through a rough Continue Reading

Wanting

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There are many men who have much less than me, Day by day, they make their way And they find more in life than I can see Tell me when will I learn to resist wanting things, Touching things that say, ‘Do not touch’ -“Wanting Things” from the musical “Promises, Promises” It’s a cruel fact of life in this fallen world that we want more than (and other than) what we really need. Continue Reading

At What Cost?

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“ --- neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing.” - II Sam 24:24 “The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself - the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us - that's where it's at.” -Jessie Owens, Olympic Gold Medalist This morning I offered my body up to God. Besides my wife, I really think He’s the only one who wants it, but from what I read above, He does. And somehow today the reason He does seems unusually clear: My body is essentially Continue Reading

His Work, His Timetable

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“The Lord will perfect that which concerns me.” -Psalms 138:8 I’m starting this year with a very mixed assortment of gratitude and disappointment, which is to say 2013 was business as usual. Continue Reading

Thankful

"What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD. I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people. I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD." -Psalms 116: 12-17   Very Happy Thanksgiving to you. God bless.   Continue Reading

Doing It Right

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“Bless the Lord oh my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” -Psalm 103:2 “Blow, blow thou winter wind”, Shakespeare said. “thou art not so unkind as Man’s ingratitude. Freeze, freeze thou bitter sky. Thou dost not bite so nigh as benefits forgot.” Continue Reading

Prayer’s Block

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Anyone who’s tried writing can attest to the frustration of Writer’s Block. It happens when you sit your body in front of the computer, but your mind floats someplace else, refusing to put the harness on and get the flow going. It won’t enter in, and until it does, you stare at the screen, get up and down, play an online game, whatever. Volumes have been written about it, and plenty of despairing would-be authors lap up any advice they can get on how to beat the beast and make those first few paragraphs happen. Continue Reading

Private Wars

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Every Monday we’ll post something about maintaining your sexual integrity. Hope it helps. — Private Wars Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. - I Peter 2:11 The way we stuffed ourselves last week underscores one of life’s hardest truths: what we crave is often at odds with what we really want. We crave delightful food, viewing, smelling, then biting into the good stuff with relish. And we’re doubly grateful for a national holiday greenlighting our gluttony, a Continue Reading

Random Ramblings #44: Post-Thanksgiving “How ya’ doin’?”

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Every Friday we’ll take a break from topical posts and will post some random personal thoughts.  — A Cuppa Joe - Random Ramblings from a Fellow Struggler I’ll ask this very quietly – how ya doin’? I’m whispering because I have the decency to assume you’re as wiped out as I am, and a loud voice is the last thing you need. That’s not to suggest you drank too much yesterday. I certainly didn’t. But I everything’d too much, then washed it down with — everything. And upon viewing the aftermath in the dining room, living room, kitchen (God have Continue Reading

Random Ramblings #24: Post-Thanksgiving Thoughts and Pepper Spray

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Every Friday we’ll leave the topic oriented post, and instead post some personal comments. --- A Cuppa Joe - Random Ramblings from a Fellow Struggler I’ll ask this very quietly – how ya doin’? I’m whispering because I have the decency to assume you’re as wiped out as I am, and a loud voice is the last thing you need. That’s not to suggest you drank too much yesterday. I certainly didn’t. But I everything’d too much, then washed it down with --- everything. And upon viewing the aftermath in the dining room, living room, kitchen (God Continue Reading