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Have You Been Pruned?

“I am the true vine,” said Jesus, “and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful….” Those are powerful words. There is an important message here. “….my Father is the …

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The Love of a Mother…

As I consider what “words of wisdom and inspiration” I want to share in this article, I realize that May is Mother’s Day month. And I reflect once again on the life, the witness, the example of my mother in my life. I always try and reflect on what mother has meant to me through …

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They Don’t LOOK Handicapped

So if you have been following my articles, you know that I have been having some health issues. For the most part, I am much better, however, I am still trying to overcome the vertigo and it has really made life complicated. And not only has the vertigo made my life complicated, it has given …

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The Fragility of Life

Sunday, Feb 24, woke up with a sore throat. Drank some water and it got better. Monday, Feb 25, woke up with a sore throat. Drank some water and it got better, but was still there. Headed out for my annual physical. On the drive, my ear started hurting. Got worse by the minute. By …

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The 2 Shall be 1

THE TWO SHALL BE ONE Gen 2:15, 18, 21-24 15The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. 18Then the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner. 21So the …

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Oasis

Oasis: In geography, an oasis is an isolated area in a desert, typically surrounding a spring or similar water source, such as a pond or small lake. Oases also provide habitat for animals and even humans if the area is big enough. The location of oases has been of critical importance for trade and transportation …

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Advent: Preparing & Waiting

As our church and family prepares for our Christmas observance this year, I am reflecting on events of past years. This year, I anticipate my first grandchild in February, 2018. My daughter & son-in-law will get to experience first hand what Mary & Joseph experienced that first Christmas time. While Mary delivered Jesus which is …

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And the phone rang…

I have been writing an article for the Monticello News for a few weeks. As a rule, I only write for the purpose of preaching. This is a very specific style and as the editor has told me: “Too many words…” for the paper. So this time, I am going to try and find a …

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Learning to Pray

When General Ulysses Grant was losing his last great battle — a battle against cancer — his old friend General Howard went to see him in the hospital. Howard had earned a reputation for being a Christian soldier. And, as he stood reminiscing with his friend and fighting companion of days gone by, Grant suddenly …

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After Midnight…

“It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like …

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