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hell

I was reading in a poem recently and the writer used the line “Hells freezing north no tempest can send out” and I found myself wondering about hell… the images of hell tend to lean toward the burning…but here was a poet using hell and freezing together…and I don’t mean the comedians using hell freezing

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psalm 147:15-18

He sends His command to the earth; His word runs swiftly He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ash He hurls down the hail like pebbles. Who can withstand His icy blast? He sends His word and melts them; He stirs up his breezes and the waters flow as I look

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had an interesting discussion today…

with a group at a local church…the topic was ‘the shack’ – a book creating many waves in and out of the church. Although the views were varied and thoughtful – I am concerned how much fiction (as clearly this book is) can be approached as fact / truth. I think some of the questions

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Merry Christmas

Thou hast not made, or taught me, Lord to care For times and seasons – but this one glad day Is the blue sapphire clasping all the lights That flash in the girdle of the year so fair – When thou wast born a man, because alway Thou wast and art a man, through all

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Mary and Joseph

sometimes it is interesting to consider how Joseph must have felt – being engaged to Mary, and then getting the news she is pregnant, before they were married, and before he had ‘known’ her. In those days the knowledge of how people got pregnant was as common as today. Granted, Joseph received news of this

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…as long as it is called Today…

Hebrews 3:13 mentions the importance of encouraging each other daily – in order that we don’t become hardened by the deceit of sin. In both the King James and New International the Today part is capitalized. It is the email equivalent of TODAY. I take it as a shout. Right now! This moment. Immediately. Most

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fire

is mentioned over 500 times in the bible (KJV). I was reading in Hebrews 1:7  and the passage states; And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. and I was struck at the idea of being a minister or servant of a flame of fire.

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giving thanks and the Eucharist

since we are in the week of ‘Thanksgiving’ in America – I decided to do a word study on the word thanks. If you have ever been to this site before you should know I have an interest in etymology, and I use the Blue Letter Bible a lot in my studies. In doing a

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Paul, Apollos, Cephas, Luther or Calvin?

Around the year A.D. 55 Paul wrote a letter to the Corinthian church. In that letter – among many other topics he mentioned basically that their contentions were not good. 1 Corinthians 1:11 – 18 They were arguing about who they were affiliated with. You could call it a divisive spirit. Some in the town

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law / instructions

It is interesting how the word law, as in Gods law, has come to mean ‘rules that are no fun’, when in reality what the word really means is something more akin to ‘instructions on how not to die / destroy yourself’. If I am lost in the wild woods I want directions on how

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New Song! hear the drum