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Blessed Affluence – A Devotional Reflection on Giving

The following is one in a series of devotionals reprised from Morning Manna, a daily email devotional I wrote from 2000 – 2005. [hr] WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2000 BLESSED AFFLUENCE I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, […]

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What is your inspiration? – a Devotional

The following is one in a series of devotionals reprised from Morning Manna, a daily email devotional I wrote from 2000 – 2005. [hr] TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2000 WHAT IS YOUR INSPIRATION? My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready […]

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Positively Negative | The Power of Positive Thinking

The following is one in a series of devotionals reprised from Morning Manna, a daily email devotional I wrote from 2000 – 2005. [hr] POSITIVELY NEGATIVE | THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING …we glory in tribulations… Rom. 5:3 It is so much easier to gripe in tribulations than it is to glory. Or is that […]

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Go with God – Morning Manna Rewind

From 1980 through 1996, I was in “full-time ministry.” I spent those years as a church staff member. From 1985 through 1996, I was a senior pastor, first in Turlock, California, then in Paris, Texas. The last few months of that period, I was pastor of a church in Arlington, Texas. This leg of my journey […]

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A Handmaid’s Tale: Looking into the “Martha Syndrome”

Confession: This has nothing to do with the sordid tale of the popular book or mini-series by this name, as the subtitle of the article surely reveals. Instead, I use “handmaid” as it was commonly used in Bible times – as that of a female servant. Moreover, I use it the way traditional writers used “man” or […]

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The Dance of the Insane – or – The Direction of the Informed?

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. ~Friedrich Nietzsche I was in the house alone, except for my English Setters, Huck and Finn. I was lustily singing a Willie Nelson song to the plaintiff guitar strumming in my head. The dogs couldn’t hear […]

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