Freedom

Freedom. It’s a very popular concept in America. It gets tossed around a lot. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. And of course, everyone’s favourite for pursuing their own agenda: “It’s a free country.” It’s something we love to talk about as if we invented the concept, and yet other than a nationwide picnic and []
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The Power of Music

I was in the car sitting at a red light listening to the radio, when the dj said he was going to play a song that was guaranteed to make you turn up the volume and sing along. Pffft, I thought, stretching out my hand to change the channel in a fit of musical cynicism []
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Bad News

“Bad news travels fast.” (American, British) “Bad news goes about in clogs, good news in stockinged feet.” (Welsh) “The news of a good deed travels far, but the news of a bad one travels even farther.” (Polish) “Bad news proceeds by wings, good news hardly walks.” (Hungarian) “No news is good news.” (French, Italian, English, []
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Faith

I’ve been discussing with a friend the different understandings of faith.  Some people claim a very personal, life-changing experience of God’s love.  They hear stories of the 99 sheep, the lost coin, the prodigal son, and they say, “Wow, isn’t this amazing.  God loves ME that much!” They hear verses like Jeremiah 29:11 or John []
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Psalm 139

One of my favourite Bible passages is Psalm 139.  It was the first one I ever memorised, and the only one that I can still remember verbatim to this day. When we were first told many years ago that we would have to memorise it for a youth retreat, I remember the collective groan we []
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Throwing Water on the Fire

The other day, I was doing a favour for a friend and driving her child home from school.  With most of my mind occupied with dinner preparations, unsewn Cubs badges, and half-finished blogs (ahem), I asked him how his day had gone, and his response was: “Yeah, it was…good…ok…sort of, I guess…(heavy pause)…” “Soo,” I []
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The Battle of Perspective

Upon moving into our house last summer (2015), we discovered that we had some “rose bushes” in the garden.  At least, that’s what my mother told me. I had to trust her as she is an avid gardener, but these bushes simply looked like ugly, thorny brown sticks poking out of the ground, some of []
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The Battle of Surrender

It seems like much of my time on my phone is spent deleting Facebook / LinkedIn / Pinterest notifications. Thankfully I’m not on Twitter or Instagram or else I would probably have developed carpel tunnel by now with all the swiping to delete action. I have one friend in particular who posts onto Facebook a []
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A break from battles…

The topic of prayer has been constantly popping up all around me, especially in the past couple of weeks what with crazy prayer activities (has someone been watering the prayer tree??), prayer posts and blogs, so I thought I’d take a step away from my “Battles” theme to mull over this gift that has become []
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The Battle of Deception

  John 8:44 (ESV) “…for he is a liar and the father of lies.”   You know that expression “dying of thirst”… I was thinking about it last week when we had that sunny patch of spring. I was incredibly thirsty, the sun was shining with all its 18 degree might, and all I could []
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