Sandpaper. Rough. Gritty. Scratchy. Applied willy-nilly, it scratches paint, mars plastic, and rips off the top layer of skin.  Correctly applied, it removes the rough spots leaving a smooth surface that’s ready for something new. Stain. Paint. A shiny coat of varnish. 2020 felt like sandpaper. Irritating. Annoying. Painful even.  I didn’t know I could…
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Male and Female He Created Them

Increasingly, culture tries to convince us the genders should be fluid. Not only does culture de-emphasize the differences between the genders, but it also tells us they’re interchangeable. Let’s look at Scripture: God created two genders. Genesis 1:27 reads, “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created…
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The Weight of Glory

Weight. Not something we generally like to discuss. Psalm 62:9 (NIV) reads, “Surely the lowborn are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie. If weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath.” The NASB puts it this way, “Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie; In the balances…
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Postage Stamp Perspective

Answers to prayer come in many shapes. Yes. No. Wait. Soon. Try this. Not that. Left. Right. Up. Down. Where is God going and what is He up to? No clue. What I do know . . . He’s working. On our behalf. All the time. When I don’t understand what He’s doing—which is most…
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