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Joel E. Jacobson

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On Sensationalism

I’ve had the privilege of working with junior and senior high kids at the annual Lighthouse Young Writers Summer Camp. The cool thing about teaching at summer camp is you get to teach, encourage kids with their writing, and never have to grade a thing. It’s really the way teaching should be. But I’ll save […]
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The Lucado Inspirational Reader: Hope and Encouragement for Your Everyday Life by Max Lucado

Publisher: Thomas Nelson 2011Genre: Inspirational, DevotionalFormat: HardcoverPages: 420Rating: 5 Stars for excellentSource: Self-purchaseChristian Book (best price)AmazonBarnes and NobleMardelSummary:Max Lucado has a lengthy list of books he's written over the past twenty-eight years. His writing style is one that is easy to read, understand, apply. He stands out in the Christian non-fiction field by his way of sharing a story all of us can relate to. He is an author that does not adhere or speak to a particular denomination reading group. I have family and friends who are Catholic, Lutheran, Bible, Baptist, and all of them agree Max Lucado is an approachable writer. Max is an author that is easy to refer to as just Max, and not his full proper name.The best quotes from Max Lucado's books have been compiled for this treasured book. This book is from the bookshelf of my dad's collection. Whenever dad and I would visit a book store, dad always asked the store associate, "do you have any new Max Lucado books?" Dad would pour over any books on the shelves, and often purchase a book he already had at home.My Thoughts:I read The Lucado Inspirational Reader, as a daily devotional. Each section has several stories both Bible and modern life, that reflect a certain theme. These precious sections provoke an emotional and spiritual response, there are specific questions to answer, and there are illustrations which both ruffled-my-feathers and made me pause, because I know they're true. Max has a way of explaining something that then I go, "oh, I get it now."In this first year of grieving since my dad's death (August 18, 2013), The Lucado Inspirational Reader ministered to me the most (with exception of the Bible). Yes, some of this has to do with the fact this book was my dads. Yet, there are several quotes which I'll share with you, and then you'll understand."Each of us has a fantasy that our family will be like the Waltons, an expectation that our dearest friends will be our next of kin. Jesus didn't have that expectation. Look how he defined his family: 'My true brother and sister and mother are those who do what God wants. (Mark 3:35 NCV). "The longer we live in {Christ}, the greater he becomes in us. It's not that he changes but that we do; we see more of him. We see dimensions, aspects, and characteristics we never saw before, increasing and astonishing increments of his purity, power, and uniqueness. We discard boxes and old images of Christ like used tissues. We don't dare place Jesus on a political donkey or elephant. Arrogant certainty becomes meek curiosity. Define Jesus with a doctrine or confine him to an opinion? By no means. We'll sooner capture the Caribbean in a butterfly net than we'll capture Christ in a box. In the end, we respond like the apostles. We, too, fall on our faces and worship."  "I wonder, how many burdens is Jesus carrying for us that we know nothing about? We're aware of some. He carries our sin. He carries our shame. He carries our eternal debt. But are there others? Has he lifted fears before we felt them? Has he carried our confusion so we wouldn't have to? Those times when we have been surprised by our own sense of peace? Could it be that Jesus has lifted our anxiety onto his shoulders and placed a yoke of kindness on ours?"  "Meet today's problems with today's strength. Don't start tackling tomorrow's problems until tomorrow. You do not have tomorrow's strength yet. You simply have enough for today.""God doesn't call the qualified. He qualifies the called."  

Michele Howe

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How Does Your Fear Bleed Out?

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:Bleeding out. It’s a medical term that I first heard explained to me many years ago when one of my good friends worked in the…
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Chad Ethridge

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great city

Oh great city,Where streets connect at intersectionsand commerce happens at every cornerbusiness transactions with a handshakeand legal documentation to supportWhere structures are erected or torn downin the name of progresswhere campaigns bring loyalty to idealsand divide people over the issuesOh great city,Where sturdy buildings are reminiscentof bygone eras and the lifestyles that went with themshrines for the working class and monuments to the daily grindWhere moral codes are eroded by the hands of timelike a shirt in a dryer or under a hot ironthe heat is absorbed in the pavementand wears down all who walk upon itOh great city,That is still yet to comeWhose architect and builder is GodWho alone is immortal and lives in unapproachable lightWho prepares a place for all foreigners and aliens on earthwho live by faith in what was promised and not yet receivedThey shall posses gladness and joyin that great city where God is presentand Jesus is Lord of all!



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You and I are children of the trees adventurous babes...

You and I are children of the trees adventurous babes toddling about in their ancient shade #instaverse

Larry Hehn

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Posts with the Most – July 2014

If I had to choose a favorite time of month, this would definitely be it. I always look forward to the end of one month and the beginning of another, since that means it’s time for the Posts with the Most! Every month I boldly explore the interwebs, compiling my favorite top blog posts to share […]


Strange Things Parents Say

A couple of week’s ago my wife and I had the pleasure of attending a Tim Hawkins concert.  One of the highlights of the evening was a brief appearance by Bob Smiley.  So today I bring you another Bob Smiley video.  Watch as Bob takes a look at some of the strange things he has […]