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After Pentecost, then what?

  Yesterday was Pentecost, the day that Christians commemorate the pouring out of the Holy Spirit (as told in the book of Acts) and celebrate the birth of the Church. My church has been walking through the book of Acts during our Wednesday night Bible class. We spent a good deal of time developing an understanding of the Holy Spirit’s interactions with the New Testament Church. I’ll summarize it briefly because the rest of the post relies on a clearer understanding. In a nutshell, all who have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior have the Holy Spirit living inside of them. Read More

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In Due Season

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” ~ Galatians 6:9 I’m fascinated by how plants develop without me ever seeing the buds forming or the stems growing. I’m fascinated by how a green banana can ripen to a yellow color in a matter of days, yet I never see the actual pigments changing. Growth is a process, but rarely do we see it happening; we often just see the results. And if the results aren’t happening fast enough, we get frustrated. Tending to plants reminds me to simply be Read More

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In Her Own Words

Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of my favorite passages of scripture, and it one of the passages that governs my daily life. The only reason I even know these verses is because my mother wrote the scripture address (or the full passage) in just about every birthday/Christmas card she gave me and every letter that she sent me. If it wasn’t Proverbs 3:5-6, it was Philippians 4:13.  I’m forever grateful for my mother because she truly shaped who I am as a person and as a Christian. So, as I was wondering what to share with you all on this Monday Read More

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The Wisdom of the Gambler – Pt. 3

Here is the final post in this week’s reblogged series from 2011. This is the last post in the unexpected series about The Gambler. This is the part I’m sure you’ve been waiting for because we finally get to the catchy refrain! You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em. Simply put, you have to pick your battles. Though you may really want to get your point across, sometimes it’s better to just save your breath. This line also reminds us that sometimes, you don’t reveal everything that you know. (I’d use more card references, Read More

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The Wisdom of The Gambler – Pt. 2

This is part 2 of a reblogged series from 2011. In yesterday’s post, I talked about the nuggets of wisdom hidden in the song, “The Gambler.” Here are a few more nuggets that I’d like to share: Wisdom can come when you least expect it…and when you need it the most. The first line of the song says that the singer and the gambler were “on a train bound for nowhere.” After they stop avoiding each other and have grown bored of just staring out of the window, the gambler looks at the singer and can tell that he’s at the Read More

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The Wisdom of The Gambler

Sometimes, as I review old posts, they ask to be “revived.” This week’s posts are reblogs of a 3-part series from 2011. Who knew a gambler could provide such wisdom?! Most people are probably familiar with the Kenny Rogers version of the song “The Gambler” and may even remember his TV series of the same name. For the past few weeks, the refrain to this song has been popping in and out of my head. I’ve even used it as my Facebook status a few times. Today, when the words popped into my head again, I decided to look up Read More