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The Comforter

Posted on June 20, 2018 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Among the many blessings of being a child of God, the one that stands out more than the others is the privilege of having the Holy Spirit living inside the new person God has made us to be in Christ. Maybe it’s because this blessing is something we can rejoice in right now in this present world, or maybe it’s because it is the source of all real comfort and assurance. In any case the fact that we are indwelled by the very Spirit of God is a blessing that needs...

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Spirit of Adoption

Posted on June 14, 2018 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Does God talk to you? Be careful how you answer that question. Politicians especially can get themselves into real trouble if they say yes. But they are not alone. In the secular world we live in today the idea that God exists is somewhat controversial never mind the fact that he might actually communicates with people. The more “enlightened” members of our society who pride themselves as being “educated” generally scoff at the notion that a per...

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Hearing God

Posted on June 7, 2018 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Over the last 40 years of pastoral counseling I have noticed an underlying issue common to all kinds of personal and relational problems people encounter. They are so focused on what needs to be done to solve their problem (either by themselves or others) they are obsessed with trying to do something to eliminate it or, at least, alleviate it somewhat. They often ask the question, “What shall I do or not do?” hoping for an answer that will agree with their thi...

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The Anointing

Posted on May 31, 2018 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

In describing the "mystery" of the gospel that he was explaining to the Colossians Paul said it was "Christ in you, the hope of glory". It may seem a bit nit-picky, but I was wondering why he didn't say "Jesus in you" instead of "Christ in you". I know that he was talking about Jesus Christ and that Jesus is the Christ, but I think there must be some significance to the use of his title as Christ rather than just the name Jesus. At his birth the angels told the shep...

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Memorial Day 2018

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Memorial Day is celebrated next week as a long weekend. While most of us will plan family get togethers, picnics with friends, and a variety of recreational activities we need to take time out to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country’s freedom. As the saying, “All gave some and some gave all”, reminds us the freedom we enjoy daily is not free. It cost the lives of men and women who were willing to sacrifice their ...

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God is Love

Posted on May 16, 2018 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

As one who has experienced firsthand the suffering and horrors of war, I can relate to the agonizing cry of our Savior on the cross, “My God, my God why, have you forsaken me?” Although the separation Jesus felt from the Father as he was “made sin for us” was infinitely more than any of us will ever know, the question remains in times of suffering when God seems far away. “Where was God in Vietnam?” That question haunted my mind long a...

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Feeding the Multitude

Posted on May 10, 2018 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

One of my favorite stories in the gospels is when Jesus fed the multitudes. There are two occasions on which he miraculously provided for thousands of men (not counting wives and kids) from a meager few fishes and loaves of bread. In each he was said to be “moved with compassion” seeing them as “sheep without a shepherd”. The most striking thing to me about these stories was his willingness to recognize the needs of complete strangers and his abil...

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Blessed are the Meek

Posted on May 1, 2018 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

(Meekness)

After years of Bible reading, meditation, and study I have come to the conclusion that there is far more that I don’t know than what I do know. And I count that a blessing from God! Not knowing is bad enough, but not knowing that you don’t know is even worse because it tricks me into thinking that I have it figured out. While that thought brings a certain temporary comfort and strokes my ego, sooner or later the reality that I don’t...

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Birthday Thoughts

Posted on April 25, 2018 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Sixty-nine years ago, I entered this world. I was a cute baby (even a baby warthog is cute!) but was totally self-centered and selfish. I wanted what I thought I needed to be ok and I wanted it right now! As I grew up my manipulative skills were refined, but that inherent selfishness I was born with also grew more intense. At the ripe old age of 11 I had developed a basic sense of guilt complete with feelings of worthlessness. It was then that I first accepted the forg...

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A New Life

Posted on April 18, 2018 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

My neighbor’s mare just had her baby last night. Even though the birth was a week “early” according to the projected date of delivery, it was apparently right on time since both the baby and momma are doing great. Such events are an occasion of celebration for the Church in the Woods at Freedom Ranch. And we all look forward to watching the little filly grow into maturity. Due to her bloodlines and with the proper training we are expecting a fine...

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