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Pierce my Ear

"Now these are the ordinances which you are to set before them: If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve for six years; but on the seventh he shall go out as a free man without payment. If he comes alone, he shall go out alone; if he is the husband of a wife, then...

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Locked Doors

"Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them (again) and said, 'Peace be with you!'"   (John 20:26)  The door slammed shut. We were having dinner, and even with the animated chatter I could hear it bang closed.   When we have...

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Ashes for Beauty

"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the...

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The Land of Oz

Years ago there was a small theme park called "The Land of Oz" which was on land owned by the Beech Mountain ski resort in western North Carolina. You would wait outside Aunt Em's house and when the right number of people had gathered, a girl who looked like Dorothy...

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Seek God First

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33 NIV) Jesus said for us to not worry about what we will eat or drink or wear, because our heavenly Father knows that we need these things. He said if we...

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Who are You Listening to?

"As Jesus was approaching Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road begging. Now hearing a crowd going by, he began to inquire what this was. They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he called out, saying, 'Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!'...

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The Black Eye

There it was, my worst nightmare: The ugliest face in the dramatic presentation was not the devil’s. It was ... Mine! It all started like this: Our church was sponsoring the program, "Heavens Gates, Hell's Flames" for Easter weekend, but during the Good Friday...

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"Then he said to the crowd, 'If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.'" (Luke 9:23, NLT) [1] On a small town radio station I heard the disc jockey dedicate a song to a woman who was going to...

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