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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From “troubled bones” to “refreshment” to “bones made strong”

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;    heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.Psalm 6:2 It will be healing to your flesh    and refreshment to your bones.Proverbs 3:8 And the Lord will guide you continually    and satisfy your desire in scorched places    and make your bones strong;and you shall be like a watered garden,    like a spring of water,    whose waters do not fail.Isaiah 58:11 …

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love – poured out, running over

[Jesus said] "Give love and mercy the same as your Father gives love and mercy. Don't judge others, and God will not judge you. Don’t condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Give to others, and you will receive. You will be given much. It will …

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the power of words and our responsibility to love out loud

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all …

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Ode to Four Mothers

"God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them." 1 John 4 Happy Mother's Day. Or, as it was known in England when I grew up, Mothering Sunday. As you can probably guess, here around Maul-Hall the traditional, "Give mama the day off" doesn't really fly. First, I …

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developing a vocabulary of grace

As Christian disciples we can make an ongoing decision to fill our hearts and our minds with the powerful and healing words of God. We can cultivate a deliberate vocabulary of grace... (The Unmaking of a Part-Time Christian) WORDS: I've been thinking a lot about language, lately. Words. Not that surprising, of course, as I …

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A HANDY FIELD-GUIDE TO SPOT A JESUS-FOLLOWER (don’t buy what the other guys are selling!)

God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways. And because we belong to Christ Jesus, we have killed our selfish feelings and desires. God’s Spirit has given us life, and so we should follow the Spirit. But don’t be conceited …

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32 Years Into a Great Marriage – a testimony to kindness

First - Happy Anniversary to my amazing and wonderful wife, Rebekah! Today marks 32 years since we launched this adventure together. Step aside, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure; move over, Mr Toad's Wild Ride; take a back seat, The Incredible Journey. Our story is more epic by far. In my own experience, I'd have to …

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