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Joseph Mazzella

Soak up the Sun

"Freely you have received; freely give." (Matthew 10:8 NIV)For the first time in ten days the clouds cleared, the blue sky appeared, and the sun came out this morning. It rose over the trees and kissed the world with its light. The snow and frost on the ground...

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Exercise Your Soul

"Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come." (1 Tim. 4:6 NLT) Almost every morning for the last 25 years I have exercised my body. It is nothing too strenuous. It is just a light...

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Love Your Cracks!

"See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him." (1 John 3:1 ESV)It was evening time.  The sky had already gone dark and my eyes were...

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Home for the Holidays

"I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your...

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It’s Not Fair…

"If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith...

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Seasoned With Love

I couldn’t have been more than ten or eleven years old.  It was a hot, Summer afternoon and I decided to cool off by taking a swim in the river that ran down the hill from our home.  The water was cold and my dog jumped in to splash around with me.  After a while I...

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Looking Ahead

"Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."...

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It Lives On…

"Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full--pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back." (Luke 6:38 NLT)It was a beautiful Summer’s day...

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The Best or the Worst

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Rom. 8:28 NIV) It was the first day of Spring here but it didn’t feel like it.  The Coronavirus Pandemic was sweeping the globe and...

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