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Eclipse of the Heart

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As if your news feeds and social media accounts weren't already flooded with articles about todays solar eclipse, I've decided to join the discussion and share my two cents.  Not that my personal opinion is even worth that much, but this important event in our history has my wheels turning.  And while I think that this phenomenon will be visually spectacular, I am more impressed with its spiritual significance and what we can learn from it. This morning I felt compelled to look up the definition of the word eclipse.  I know I do this often,...

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Where You Grow, I Grow

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The sequoia redwood trees located in California, are some of the biggest trees in the world.  Reaching up to 275 feet tall, they have rather shallow roots in comparison to their height.  The width of their roots, however, is quite impressive.  With some extending out 100 feet, their roots intertwine with those of the other surrounding redwood trees.  They have no tap root to anchor it to the earth;  their strength and stability comes from their community.  All like minded, with the same purpose...

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Just For You

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This post has been something that I have wrestled with lately.  It has been on my heart to share, but seemed like a tall order to write.  My goal is to always be prayerful and led of the Spirit in what I say, and this topic felt even more critical to do so.  Todays world looks different than it did 30 years ago.  Somehow black and white areas have become gray, and no longer are there real "definitions" of anything.  From politics to religion, everything seems to be up for debate.  Somewhere along the line,...

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The Gate of Praise

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Have you ever wondered how pearls are formed?  They are created through an outside irritant that somehow gets inside of the oyster, like a parasite or a grain of sand.  As a defense mechanism, the oyster begins coating the intruder with a layer of protection known as "nacre".  Through this process, a pearl is born.  Real pearls are rough in texture and found in the deepest of waters.  It's pretty amazing that because of irritation and conflict, a beautiful pearl is born. It is no coincidence that the Bible pairs a pearl with praise.  In Revelation 21:21,...

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