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What They Think

He put his hands on both of my shoulders, and I felt distinctly uncomfortable. Not only were too many people watching, but I was fairly certain my pastor would have …

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Baby Boot Camp

“Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.” Ecclesiastes 9:11 As we …

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Morning Light

“Thou hidden Source of calm repose, Thou all-sufficient Love divine, My Help and Refuge from my foes, Secure I am while Thou art mine: And lo! From sin, and grief, …

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The Seasons Declare

Written by Ruth Cefola and Eliza Rogers I sat in the pew, looking furtively around. I didn’t want to be obvious about my scan for a prayer-partner. I spotted one. …

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Instructions from Titus 2, Part 3

It has been a long time since I last wrote. But in the previous 2 installments, we saw that the Titus 2 woman is a Christian woman who teaches and …

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Kind Walls

I’ve been reading in Leviticus lately, my mind nearly numb with the requirements for sacrifices and offerings. Every sentence, every command like a wall, preventing what I would term as …

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A Life in Order

Our gracious and loving God specializes in calling order out of chaos. We are introduced to Him in the midst of a chaotic void, and we witness Him use the …

Bridal Shower Devotional

This was the devotional given for Jessica’s bridal shower by Elizabeth Roy I have wondered much lately about the world around us that we don’t see: the forces that surround …

2020 Clear Vision

To be told you have 20/20 vision refers to the clarity or sharpness of your vision. “Clarity” – the origin of the word comes from the Latin “clarus” or clear. …

Dear Lord, May We Always Get Caught

She was from the bad part of London, wherever that is, and in the story, she was seeking a new life, away from her family and the dark spiral of …

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Hope in Hopelessness

“Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus …

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Asking Amiss

I crossed the border of Myanmar on a Friday at one o’clock. It was a border run for the last seven days I would be in Thailand. If I crossed …

To God Be the Glory

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 Johann Sebastian Bach October 25, 2019, 7:00pm at the historic Calvary Church 27 Church Street, Stonington, CT The organ’s notes descend from …

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How Does Your Garden Grow? Part 2

4. Boundaries are necessary. Garden: Predators abound. For our garden in particular, we were concerned about deer. So we made the effort to find out the most effective yet least offensive …

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Boundless God

Two weeks… just two weeks left.  I faced the days with dread of the end. Not just because Abby would be married and gone, but because decisions loomed beyond the …

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Instructions from Titus 2, Part 2

“The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young …

How Does Your Garden Grow? Part 1

Growing a garden is much like growing your walk with God. The parallels have become more stark to me as this year was the first time I planted my own …

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The Face of the Woman He Loves

When women act like women, men act like men. Nothing calls forth the true, noble, masculine nature so surely as pure femininity. Men naturally want to use their strength and …

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Rebellion in Me

It was my will against every will in the room. They would have chaos, I would have order. They would have silliness, I would have sense. There were twenty of …