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Releasing a painful past

Mosaic art is interesting, because it’s an art that utilizes brokenness.  Instead of discarding shattered pieces of pottery or glass, the artist makes a new creation out of the “worthless” broken material.   Probably the most painful damage we suffer in this life is self-inflicted.  When we re-hash our mistakes or the mistakes of others […]

Finding Freedom’s fulfilment

These days, we visit our doctors to avoid illnesses.  In other words, we see our doctors to stay healthy, not just to get healthy.  But not so when I was a child.  Usually at home, a pack of Bandaids, a dab of mercurochrome, a couple of aspirin, or a heating pad did the trick.  Doctors […]

A word to the wise…

In the movie “Sands of Iwo Jima” John Wayne’s character Sgt Stryker said, “Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid.”  This illustrates the benefits of being smarter, because supposedly the smarter we are the less often we make poor choices.  I don’t know anyone that wants to make life harder, do you?  We […]

Why are we so restless?

Am I the only one, or does it seem like we are becoming a restless people?  Why are we so restless thesedays? Only a few generations back, our ancestors usually lived and died within 10 to 20 miles of their birth.  Today it’s nothing to jump in the car and drive several hundred miles for […]

Blinded by the slight:

(Kingsport Times news, 11/23/13) I was starting the grill tonight (I use what’s called a “chimney coal starter”) and I almost burned this clipping (yes, I have old newspapers in a bin for this).  I’m not sure how I missed this little gem.  Preachers live for sermon illustrations like this clipping.  We open newspapers, scouring […]

Taking the morning train

If I didn’t know the folks who manage Winterfest, I would have been tempted to think this year’s theme was manipulated: Like, they caved to the pressure of the ultra-conservatives.  Like, Winterfest was hijacked.   Over the years, I’ve spent hours and hours with Dudley and the Winterfest group.  In years gone bye, I’ve helped unload the moving truck […]

“Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus” the true story of a devout Muslim with eyes to see!

“Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A devout Muslim Encounters Christianity” by Nabeel Qureshi Zondervan Publishing, Grand Rapids Michigan, Copyright 2014 Aided by an impressive cohort of mentors and legendary Christian Apologists, Qureshi brings to print a very valuable book, showing step by long step his transition from being an active Muslim to accepting Christ.  Rarely do […]