This changes Everything (the baby, that is…)

This post's "Featured image" is of Andrew in one of the apartment windows with "Mr. T", enjoying some afternoon sun. We may have been anxious for Mr. T to come into this world, but his brief delay played well into our plan to see as much of Dresden as possible while at the same time …

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the prodigal, the lost sheep, and the thirsty woman…

"Then he came to his senses...  And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion. His father ran to him, hugged him, and kissed him." (The Prodigal Son - Luke 15) "What do you think? If someone had one hundred sheep and one of them wandered …

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battlefield photographs from Grant’s siege of Petersburg

Saturday Rebekah and I toured the Petersburg National Battlefield, just south of Richmond. It's a tough stop to do justice to. Ten months of siege; more than 70 miles of earthworks; dozens of major engagements. The first action came on the heals of the devastation of Cold Harbor, and - but for poor communications - …

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unheralded Civil War site an inspiration

"You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven." - Jesus, Matthew 5 Today I want to share a story about hope, friendship, and the promise of …

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“War, What is it good for? Absolutely nothing…”

Just outside the town of Sharpsburg, Maryland, there is a beautiful tract of land. Rolling fields cascade down a series of inclines from The Cornfield at the northwest, and from the Dunkers Church at the west, toward the Antietam Creek that runs north to south on the east side of 4-5 square miles of farmland. In …

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and a little child will lead them all…

In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together;     the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion,     and a little child will lead them all. Isaiah 11:6 It's late morning on a hot, hot summer Saturday here in North Carolina. In …

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you don’t start a war in a church – you launch a movement

 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. - John 14:27 Let me offer just one more thought in response to last Wednesday's Charleston shootings; and this may …

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Remembering by celebrating in gratitude

Jesus - "A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of." - John 10:10 Typically, when I settle at my desk to post a few morning thoughts, I'm not really sure the direction they're …

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the war on dust-bunnies (and more)

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. - Colossians 3:14-15 IT's WAR! - The past two days have been all about sorting and cleaning. The kitchen work is …

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