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I Can Forgive but I Can’t Forget

  Do you feel held back in the area of forgiveness? Are you worried that forgiveness would somehow condone the past or excuse a serious wrong done to you? How can an abused wife forgive her husband or a child victim offer forgiveness to their molester? Even if a person’s forgiveness is deep and all the hard work of healing done, can it you ever forget? These are big questions that often leave us stuck on the forgiveness issue as we cling to our offenses, too scared to put them down. Psalm 103: 12 reads “as far as the east …

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A New Definition of Freedom

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 Today’s culture needs a new definition of freedom—a definition based on biblical truth. Believers in Jesus Christ grossly misunderstand freedom when they buy into the world’s definition of freedom by thinking that freedom means independence from any limitations of time, money, relationships, and consequences.  This misunderstanding occurs when a believer thinks that they are free when they are able to do what they want to do, when they want to do it, …

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What Would I Do Without Jesus!?

The best way I could share my background is to take a couple excerpts from my current memoir (see below). I always go back to the first few months of my life, because this is where God kept me in the palm of His hand.  I have no vision in my right eye, and what little I had seemed to be not working right when I was born. Born a premie, the oxygen administered after my birth ruined my retinas; I’m blessed to have a little residual vision.  The condition was “retrolental fibroplasia” (RLF), but today is known as “retinopathy …

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Love and Marriage… And God

Love and marriage, love and marriage, go together like a horse and carriage! That old song made famous by Frank Sinatra and satirized by Al Bundy on “Married with Children” comes to my mind. We have just celebrated the love holiday all across the country. And yet, the wide chasm between crooner Frank and the shoe salesman is a good representation of how it is in the world. Women want to be sung to by Frank but many are left holding the bag for Al, the down and out man of the house. Love and marriage truly do go together, …

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My Mother had Alzheimers

  My Mother had Alzheimer. She was diagnosed with moderate Alzheimer’s disease in February 2004. My Dad passed away in October 2001. The disease seemed to rapidly progress after his death. I hate this disease. It robs you of memories and all those things that make up who you are. One of the hardest parts of this disease is having a Mother who doesn’t remember you. My Mother and I had a special mother-daughter relationship. We were close and so it hurts all the more. I was the oldest of four daughters and there was five years between the next …

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Focus on Sarah: Motherhood in the Ancient World

Sometimes it’s hard to understand the traditions from ancient times in comparison to our life today. God teaches in his Word certain principles that hold as true today as it did many years ago in spite of the current accepted practice. We can learn a lesson from Abraham’s wife Sarah when her great desire to have a child overcame her desire to follow the promise of God. She tried to “help God out” and it ended in disaster. Genesis 16: 1-2 “Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so she …