“They have ears but cannot hear” (what I learned at the audiology office)

They have ears but cannot hear,    and mouths but cannot breathe. Psalm 135:17 Then he said, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” Mark 4:9 To whom can I give warning?    Who will listen when I speak?Their ears are closed,    and they cannot hear.They scorn the word of the Lord.    They don’t want to listen at all. Jeremiah 6:10 …

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More Story from the Nikon: New Photographs from Clingmans Dome

We are God’s accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things. God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives. Ephesians 2:10 - Beks on top of the world Rebekah made a great point yesterday, right after viewing my collection of photographs from Dry Falls. "You are telling …

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Good manners can save money too $$$$

 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.Ephesians 4:29 - plumbers trenching for new water line Thursday was an interesting day with the children. Of course, they all are! I'll include some photos at …

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Life, marking birthdays, Camino de Santiago, and other pilgrimages

Then you shall declare before the Lord your God: “My father was a wandering Aramean,Deuteronomy 26:5 Over at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church this weekend, Rebekah and I enjoyed another positive Sunday morning. I will make this a fairly short post as I want to highlight just one simple idea. After worship we went down to the fellowship …

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strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow

Saturday afternoon, visiting with my parents at dad's assisted living home, I asked them both about their favorite hymns. I know that's an impossible question, and for me the answer changes all the time, but it was a good starting place for conversation, and keeping my dad alert and engaged is important. Dad - and …

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if it was a choice between my words making sense and my life telling the story…

You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.1 Thessalonians 5:5-6 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone …

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A season not of production, but of belonging…

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.Romans 15:13 - shift in writing focus.... As July gets under way, halfway through this very challenging year, I thought this might be a good opportunity …

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This week is a pilgrimage (or it could be…)

 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes …

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Jesus is a beautiful story – there’s no need to be so “Angry about God”

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. We love each other because he loved us first.1 John 4:18-19 Over this past month or so I have spent a great deal of …

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Beks in the Ballet – a parable for our times

[Jesus] called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in …

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