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Desires of The Heart

I’ve used my Scripture Meditation Plan for decades. It begins with a psalm of the day, and last Thursday’s was Psalm 37. It is best known for this one sentence: “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (And this isn’t coming from a used car salesman.) A friend from University quoted that verse every day. His father was infamous for being...

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What Can I Learn from Cancer?

Four weeks ago, my doctor told me that recent tests indicate a high likelihood I have kidney cancer.  The tests were the result of an appointment I made because I felt run down. I thought I should take a sleep test or maybe a melatonin. Cancer was the furthest thing from my mind. Since then, the weeks were filled with doctor visits, a bit of googling, a few degrading procedures and...

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Finding Meaning in Suffering

Elisabeth Elliot is best known for being a widowed-missionary, speaker, adjunct professor, and author of over twenty books. She is least known for her one and only novel, No Graven Image. It’s a book about twenty-five-year-old Margaret, a linguist who gives up family, money, and marriage to be a missionary in South America. She works for years with a primitive tribe that has no...

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Happy Further’s Day

I dislike Hallmark Holidays. Yet I love to give flowers to my wife on Valentine’s day, and I like to honor my parents on Mother’s and Father’s Day (after all, they put up with my innumerable character deficiencies). But I’ve never once posted an article about those holidays. Last Father’s Day I saw a dozen articles on blogs and Facebook. The articles included things...

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He Loves Me … He Loves Me Not

A friend of mine used to begin every prayer: “Father, I love you.” When I first heard him, I thought it was cool. After a couple years, something began to seem strange. I liked that he loved God, but his inflexible, unwavering, rigid preface to every prayer felt weird. I wanted to ask him why he started prayer with those exact words, but he was also an irritable person. If...

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