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Monthly Archives: February 2017

2nd Cup: THE LURE OF WHAT-IFS

If you’re determined enough, you can use anything to keep lifting you toward your dreams. Even the “What-Ifs”. Stephen Coonts wrote, “If-onlys are a poison that can kill you as dead as arsenic.  They rob you of the will to live and destroy your ability to cope with life.  At some point, all of us … Continue reading »

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QTMs, 2/25/17: “HOW’S THAT ‘HEALING’ THING WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA?”

When I first heard The Voice in my left ear asking, “Do you want to be healed?”, I had no idea what was involved when I answered, “Yes.” Since that early February Sunday 14 years ago, I’ve been learning some things. God’s healing is always a matter of ‘through’.  There’s always something God wants to do … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup for 2/23/17: I WANT TO BE ADDITIVE.

Survivors of life-threatening experiences are the same in one amazing way:  they are fearless in their desire to squeeze as much joy out of each day’s living as is possible. G’mornin’,  friend.  Help yourself to a piping hot, fresh cup of Tanzanian Peaberry.  Those of you who’ve been 2nd Cuppers from way back will instantly … Continue reading »

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QTMs, 2/21/17: YEAH, I DID, TOO.

One of the few things a religious zealot accomplishes is to reassure those he’s trying to convince that they want nothing to do with him or whatever model of Jesus he’s peddling. We are moving into the Lenten season, the lead-up to Easter Sunday.  I know you know that.  Easter bunnies, dancing eggs and fake grass is … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup for 2/14/17: “WHO LOVES YA, BABY?”

Anyone can love somebody who loves them back.  We know that.  No big deal.  There are people whose personalities let them almost default to a devoted, loving attitude even while their hearts are lacerated and bruised.  One would need to know them well to discern the little ‘tells’ of their woundedness.  “Oh.  Then it’s easy … Continue reading »

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Q(uiet) T(ime) M(usings) for 2/13/17: LOVE THAT WON’T GO AWAY

The devotional verse was waiting in my inbox this morning:  “Lord, I praise you for your steadfast love and faithfulness. Because of your great mercy, you are not one to hold back your steadfast love and faithfulness (Psalm 40:11).”  As usual, I checked the verse out in The Message.  “Now, God, don’t hold out on … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 2/11/17: WHEN GOD GOES, “NEENER.”

“You can’t do that.” “That can’t happen.” “Impossible.” “Hm-mm.  No way.” I know the looks.  After 12 years, I can feel them.  I hear the unspoken asides.  “He’s having you on, mate.  There’s nothing wrong with him.  Look at ‘im.  Does he look to you like any of that stuff really happened?” “You don’t look, y’know … Continue reading »

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