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Tell-A-Story-Make-A-Point

3/28/17: IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS… Some Thoughts for Lent

“Antonucci?” He sat with head down, shoulders slumped, his helmet laying on its side on the ground beside the scrub rock.  In his right hand was a wooden-handled coarse brush that had seen plenty of use.  He sat staring at the ugly object in his left hand:  a flagrum. Two of them – stiff, stinking and repulsive from a recent scourging.   It was like … 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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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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QTMs for 1/20/17: IT IS BY GRACE… ALL OF IT.

Can’t stop this. Grace, the God kind.  You can divert it, deflect it, dodge it, even ignore it.  You can’t stop it.  It’s as much a part of God as light.  Grace – God’s grace – is as limitless as Eternity. When I was in the third or fourth grade we lived for a short … Continue reading »

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300-Word Stroll, 1/1/17: A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME

Yes, really. I was on morning-auto, filling the coffeemaker reservoir.  As I turned off the faucet I heard a high-pitched sound.  I dialed up my ears, and—sure enough.  A lone cardinal was singing full-voice.  Cheery.  Bright.  Joy-filled.  The longer I stood listening, the louder it sang. Morning-auto.  Doing The Things, mind in standby, thinking ’16 … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 12/27/16: CLEAR THE HURDLES

See, I didn’t get that when I was in P.E.  It’s why I hated hurdles. In the Spring, Milt Durand, our P.E. teacher, took us middle schoolers all out to the cinder track.  Occasionally he figured we all needed to run hurdles. Did I mention I hated them?  I was embarrassed to even be seen with all … Continue reading »

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Granger: ELECTILE DISFUNCTION

“PSSSHEWWWwww!” Granger silently sipped his fresh-brewed Peet’s Big Bang medium roast, watching the play of conflicting emotions on his younger friend’s face.  Few things got to the sheriff’s deputy to the point he was speechless; Sparks had served two arduous tours in Afghanistan, survived and returned to put his experience and work ethic to good use … Continue reading »

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GRANGER at Halloween for 10/26/16: THE TEAR IN THE WRAPPER

“Truth in advertising“, it read. Granger was fed up with the glut of political flyers in his mailbox and inboxes.  Tossing on his desk the garishly colored hit piece in yoga pants by a former state senator, he swung around and gazed unfocused out the window at a grayish, cotton-streaked sky with bruise-blue accents.  Chuffing through his nose, he thought, … Continue reading »

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100-Word Stroll, 9/29/16: TIMED FLIES

I sat watching flies.  It later seemed obvious they were also observing me.  Or, more to the point, my food and drink.  Flies aren’t choosy. If one has a thirsty and inquisitive mind there’s no limit to what one can learn.  Nor from whence. What held my attention was their singularity of purpose.  The flowchart … Continue reading »

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100-Word Stroll, 9/20/16: PUMPING GRACE

The comment on this morning’s quiet time Scripture, Hebrews 9:11-14  grabbed me by my mind’s collar, bringing my roughhousing thoughts up short. “Infuse my body, soul and spirit with Your grace.” Big deal, right?  Meaningless – unless, that is, you’ve ever been or are now a Total Parenteral Nutrition consumer.  There’s nothing polite about having … Continue reading »

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