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Confessions of a holiday harlot

The evil in our desire typically does not lie in what we want, but that we want it too much. (John Calvin) If you read my recent post, Why are you trying to keep Christ in Christmas?, you are aware we can borrow celebration convictions from others, having never allowed God to search our hearts… Continue reading Confessions of a holiday harlot

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Let’s talk GLUTTONY or is now not a good time?

From our spiritual leaders we hear much of our need for surrender. Being yielded completely to God so we’re pliable clay in the Potter’s hands. It seems there is often one area frequently (purposefully?) overlooked. Even quietly accepted. Gluttony. Each Christmas season, I find myself making allowances and compromises on food and drink.  While typically conscious… Continue reading Let’s talk GLUTTONY or is now not a good time?

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Christmas is wherever we are (a reminder to my husband)

There are unique times in this existence when we are allowed to witness a person living out his faith in his God. And I have the privilege of being united with such a man. A husband and father willing to offer his family not what the world tempts him to provide. Rather, he invites his wife and two sons to follow him as he… Continue reading Christmas is wherever we are (a reminder to my husband)

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Before you resort to sniffing oils for curbing your holiday spending…

Our family uses essential oils for many reasons, primarily for healing numerous ailments.  I often receive newsletters from companies selling essential oils.  And, this week was no different. However, this particular email boasted a special claim. Ways to keep your holiday spending in control. With essential oils?  I was curious. One of the biggest things that… Continue reading Before you resort to sniffing oils for curbing your holiday spending…

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Sharing Sunday: the dying side of living

The cross. Our pastor reminded us Sunday of the cross carried by Christ. We are told to carry our crosses. Then He [Jesus] said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23) The cross. A splintered beam of… Continue reading Sharing Sunday: the dying side of living

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The secret to standing

This week, at CrossFit, we worked on our squat snatch.  I know.  What’s that?  I’m not quite sure.  I figure “snatch” refers to quickly grabbing an item of interest.  Like snatching one of these coconut milk ice cream cookies off a friend’s plate. All I know is we had to lift a bar with weighted… Continue reading The secret to standing

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Sharing Sunday: Getting the Cristal out of Cristal

Last Sunday, our friend, Rudy, called and asked to visit with us.  Any time Rudy calls, it’s not for a social gathering.  Rudy doesn’t meet to discuss the weather or the Dallas Cowboys. Rudy follows the leading of God and wastes no time speaking his heart to encourage and edify. While sitting across the table… Continue reading Sharing Sunday: Getting the Cristal out of Cristal

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The ins and outs of careful infidelity

Jesus sums up common-sense carefulness in a disciple as infidelity. Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body what ye shall put on. (Matthew 6:25) If we have received the Spirit of God, He will press through and ask, Now where does God… Continue reading The ins and outs of careful infidelity

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Sharing Sunday: faux hawks & flat bills united in service

As our pastor continues to lead us through the book of John, my eyes are opened to a newness of Christ and living for Him. And as Caleb sketches BK’s sermons, I am seeing the Word through the eyes of a child. As well as having my self-nurtured skepticism and prejudices exposed. In the seventeenth chapter of… Continue reading Sharing Sunday: faux hawks & flat bills united in service

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Sharing Sunday: By faith, Cristal…

Forgive me for my week-long absence.  Unexpected life events do certainly draw our attention away from the normal at times.  And what a blessing.  Yesterday, Nick Elizondo shared  a message with our congregation.  In a word.  Faith. Nick asked a question which hung gently in the air before landing heavily on each heart. What actions… Continue reading Sharing Sunday: By faith, Cristal…