Author: Gene

BLESSED REJECTION – A DEVOTIONAL | MORNING MANNA

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2004 BLESSED REJECTION “Blessed are you when they revile you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you.” Matt. 5:11,12(NKJV) Rejection. Nobody likes the way it feels. Unfair treatment. How that makes us seethe! False accusations. Is anything more frustrating or infuriating than being falsely accused? Yet these were the things that Jesus endured. And those things lay ahead for His Apostles. They would be maligned. Their words...

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A twist to the tale – or – the Journey, continued

I have come to embrace, appreciate, and even love the thing I once hated most about my personal journey. Uncertainty. It is an uncomfortable word and a difficult way to live. It is easy to look at the well-ordered, seeming predictable path others travel with envy. Those people who seem to know exactly who they are and do whatever it is they do day in and day out, year after year. Nevermind that each of us is obliged to live with a certain level of uncertainty. None of us knows what a day may bring. Still, some fortunate souls...

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The gospel according to Hank …and Holly

I grew up with a Bible in my hand and big chunks of it systematically planted in my heart and mind. For that, I am grateful. Every sermon I ever heard about the poor, wandering, lost sinner sounded eerily like this: I’m a rollin’ stone all alone and lost For a life of sin, I have paid the cost When I pass by all the people say Just another guy on the lost highway Hank Williams was the singular country crooner of a generation. He lived fast. He lived hard. He lived out loud, recording in mournful song his...

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The Darndest Things – or – the wisdom of the child

“Kids say the darndest things.” You know it. I know it. We love it. Back when he was one of America’s most beloved and cherished comics, Bill Cosby demonstrated this fact in a TV series by that name (it ran 1998 – 2000). Art Linkletter ran the original “Kids Say the Darndest Things” as a segment in his series Art Linkletter’s House Party (1945 – 1969). “Out of the mouths of babes…” Here is another famous quote about the wisdom of the child. This one is actually based on the words of the Psalmist: Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast...

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Where does the time go? ~Putting the Past and the Future into Perspective

“Where does the time go?” An old friend and I were reminiscing not long ago, talking about old times — the places we had been and the things we had done together in days long gone. His was a rhetorical question – one that I have asked and heard others ask innumerable times. It is a question as old as the presence of old-timers and as current as a fond memory. I look at my daughters, all grown, professional, married women and remember the days of dolls, diapers, and baby’s dinner-in-a-glass-jar and wonder where the time went. My grandson....

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