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Encouragement

QTM for 4/11/18: 4 STEPS TO REAL, LIVE QUIET TIME OF YOUR OWN!

“What?” “Nothin’.”      “No, really.  I’ve been blathering on as if.  Shutting up now, and listening.  Can you help me understand what’s troubling you?” After a few seminal seconds, packed with meaning like a loaded baked potato, the startling answer came. “I, uh, don’t know how to do quiet time.  I-un even know for sure … Continue reading »

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Granger: A CROSS-EYED LOOK AT THE WHOLE EASTER THING – 3/31/18

That early in the morning, I knew Jimmie’s Diner would be almost empty.  That worked for me.  I was in a mood.  And I was almost right.  Other than the cook in back, Peggy Sue was by herself. Solitude must be a comfortable friend if one intends to write.  I enjoyed the closeness of the friends … Continue reading »

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QTMs for Good Friday, 3/30/18: HANG IT ON THE CROSS

There was nothing more hideous and embarrassing than dying on a Roman cross.  It’s natural to associate it with all the despair and ugliness surrounding the event of Jesus’s crucifixion. I submit the Cross of Christ as God’s ultimate symbol of love for me.  I couldn’t free myself from my habits, my hatreds, my favorite … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 3/13/18: 3 REASONS TO MAKE THE EFFORT NOT TO BE A REJECT

“Oh, Lord, don’t let THEM sit with us at our table!” Don’t look shocked.  You’ve thought the same thing, and more than once.  Don’t think God doesn’t hear your unspoken complaint.  And don’t think that after a few times of averted eyes and obvious body language, the THEY to whom you refer don’t receive it loud and … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 3/8/18: DRIFT IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU STOP PADDLING

The Bible says a lot about the cross.  Nowhere does it mention inoffensive. It’s no secret our American culture has for decades been steadily drifting away from God.  While that drift out into the depths of Whatever Feels Good has been happening, there’s been just as steady an invasion of philosophies alien to God and … Continue reading »

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Designing This Day, 3/7/18: IT’S YOURS. DO SOMETHING WITH IT.

I know every day when I awake still here, God’s given me a precious gift of 24 more hours of living. That’s not something I take for granted.  Humanly speaking, I’d have been dead since May of 1997.  My son and daughters would have been minus a dad all this time.  My wife would have been widowed … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 2/26/18: AS I MUSED, I GOT SOAP IN MY EYES

Me, first thing this morning while showering:  “Okay, Holy Spirit.  What You got for us to write today?”    You don’t understand.  Have you not noticed all YOUR great ideas hit when you’re washing your hair – in the shower?  I started keeping a whiteboard marker over by the mirror, which is the shortest distance … Continue reading »

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Granger – QTMs for 2/8/18: “SOMEBODY NEEDS WHAT YOU HAVE.”

Armando stopped wiping the tabletop with his right hand. He’d just gathered and stacked dishes, cups and flatware in his left hand, going through motions he’d practiced from long experience in cleaning up after others had eaten.  Gather and lift with left hand, wipe the table with the right, set the dishes in the bussing tray, straighten … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee, 12/25/17: WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT ‘EMMANUEL’?

If you don’t know what Emmanuel means by now, Google it.  You haven’t been listening. We all tend to hang a haloed Jesus on the tree.  Eye him on an old canvas painted by a 16th Century artist.  Or it’s convenient to leave Him forever a needy, shivering baby in countless creches.  Those remembrances are worth … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup for 12/24/17: “CAN WE JUST GET RID OF THE WHOLE JESUS THING?”

“D’oh!  I WISH we could just ______________________________!” Really?  I’ve often wished God would immediately give “I-WISHers” exactly what they just demanded.  Individually.  Immediately.  Since He alone sees Past-Present-Future all at once, He’s able to pull a Cosmic switcheroo and make everything and everyone around the “I-WISHer” exactly as it and they would be, if they’d … Continue reading »

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