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The Flowerbed

We turned a long patch of grass into a flower bed today. We knew the grass would have to be removed in order to have a weed-free bed, and after significant research, we decided on a procedure for removing the grass problem that seemed the easiest and most economical...

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Jesus Peace: Experiencing the Peace of the Christ Child…ALL Year Long! Part 2: Prerequisite for Peace

Last Saturday we saw that the difference between the world's definition of peace and the way God defines peace: While the world's peace is temporary, achieved by removing the symptoms of strife, we see that Jesus' Peace is a permanent tranquility, a state of mind that...

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Because of Jesus Christ’s Work…

"It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died--more than that, who was raised to life--is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us." (Romans 8:33b-34 NIV) When you go to the same grocery store every week, you...

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 Is Death the End?

"I think I'm about to lose my job," a friend told me, "The writing is on the wall." "Goodness, I'm so sorry," I said. "If that happens, just remember that God has a plan for your life." After a long pause he said, "I don't believe in God. I think man invented a god to...

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 Life-Giving Stream

While I was taking a walk in the park, I noticed a pair of swans just over the fence. They were drinking water from a stream which flowed down from the hills above the town. The water was fresh and clean. The swans had been swimming around in the sea which is salt...

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Seashells by the Seashore

Have you ever picked seashells by the seashore? If so, then you're aware that many of the shells can be in small pieces, broken and crushed. You might even be lucky enough to find a shell that is absolutely perfect, undamaged and without blemish. Recently my wife and...

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For Free

I am learning that every part of landscaping, from the borders to the dirt to the mulch to the plants themselves, is an incredibly expensive hobby. As a result of my recent education on the subject, the yard of my new house, the same one I had dreamed of landscaping,...

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Best Freebie Ever

Who doesn't like free stuff? In this age of consumerism and trying to keep up with the neighbors, not much comes our way for free. Sure, retailers create promotional ads that offer something for free if you spend a certain amount. Or, if you buy two jars of peanut...

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Do all Religions Lead to the Same God?

It was a long flight, but the chat with the passenger seated to my right made the journey interesting. The conversation began with superficial comments, then it got a bit serious when we discussed religions. She asked me about mine and I answered. "I'm a Christian."...

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