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Bob Robinson

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The Five Biggest Career Mistakes Christians Make

I can’t tell you how disappointing it was when, at age 22, I finally made the decision to pursue a “secular” career instead of going into the ministry. Rather than embracing a bold confidence in the choice, I had this sinking feeling that I was somehow letting God down. The pathetic part is, I prayed, fasted, and tried […]
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Amy Sorrells

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The good news about secrets.

  ***** In my new novel, How Sweet the Sound, the Harlan family knows a lot about secrets. They learn some pretty tough lessons, too, about what happens when sin is allowed to fester and weave its way unchecked through the … Continue reading →
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Tom Volkar

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Delightful Work Rides Again at a New Location

Copyright © 2014 Tom Volkar. Visit the original article at http://www.delightfulwork.com/uncategorized/delightful-work-rides-again-at-a-new-location/.This post is for all of you faithful Delightful Work subscribers. I’ve been wrtiing again at Coreu.com. Please join me to subscribe to my blog there.  Here are some recent posts if you want to know what I’ve been up to. How to Live a […]

Duane Scott

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for when you’re different from others

It’s as if, all these years, I’ve been hidi […] The post for when you’re different from others appeared first on Scribing the Journey.
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Glynn Young

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William Faulkner’s “Soldier’s Pay”

William Faulkner wrote Soldier’s Pay, his first novel, during the first six months of 1925. He was living in New Orleans, in a ground-floor apartment on Orleans Alley in the French Quarter. The house had been built in 1840 on what had been part of the Spanish colonial prison, located at the rear of the administration building known (then and now) as the Cabildo. Today, Orleans Alley is called Pirate’s Alley, in the very heart of the French Quarter. Faulkner’s ground-floor apartment is now occupied by Faulkner House Books. A plaque on the wall outside notes that this is the place where he wrote his first novel. The story is that Faulkner, who had considered himself a poet, wrote the novel at the urging of novelist Sherwood Anderson. Soldier’s Pay is the story of Donald Mahon, an American who became a captain in the British Royal Air Force in World War I. He had supposedly been killed when his plane was shot down; but he is on his way home, severely injured, his face scarred, and not much of his mind left. He has a relatively small part in the story, but there is no question he is the character around which the entire story revolves.Donald is engaged to Cecily Saunders, a hometown girl who is known as something of a flirt. She is shallow, somewhat vain, and in love with another man. Donald doesn’t recognize or his father, an Episcopal priest. Nor does he recognize Emmy, the family’s servant.The wounded soldier is accompanied home by a fellow veteran, Joe Gilligan, and a woman they meet on the train, Margaret Powers. And there is Januarius Jones, whom Donald’s father meets early in the story and becomes in a way the narrative’s anti-hero, if not the villain. It says something of Faulkner’s writing ability that Joe and Margaret move in with the family, Joe to dress and care for him, and Margaret is some of a protective role, and it doesn’t seem odd. As these characters respond and react to each other and what is clearly Donald’s declining health, secrets begin to play themselves out. Even Donald had at least one secret of which he and the other characters are unaware, and that is how he got his terrible injuries. But the secrets are of lesser importance; what is happening here is a theme that Faulkner will return to again and again in later novels, and that is the impact of modernization on family, relationships, love, and the social structure. In Soldier’s Pay, modernization takes on the guise of war and its aftermath. It is not so much deadly as deadening, eroding what have long been the foundations of social and family life. Donald’s father seems to move through the story in something of a trance, his faith not rejected but forgotten and almost irrelevant. Joe Gilligan and Emmy are the characters who represent faith at work, as Joe ministers to Donald’s basic needs and Emmy feeds him. Margaret Powers is the hard, perhaps hardened, realist in the story, her own husband killed in the war and Donald offering a kind of atonement.What Faulkner will later produce in a series of remarkable novels is foreshadowed here – the tantalizing secrets that shape so much of what the reader can see but not all at once, the complexities of the story, and even some of the circularity of the narrative. Soldier’s Pay may not be quite in the same league as The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying, but in many ways it is the father to those children, and the resemblance is there to see. Image by Karen Arnold via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.
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Jim Lange

Who is Your Provider?

I recently received a devotional from my friend Os Hillman which contained this story: A story is told about F. B. Meyer, the great Bible teacher and pastor who lived...

Sheila Lagrand

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Flawed, Fallible, Forgiven: Interview with Michelle DeRusha, Author of Spiritual Misfit

 Michelle DeRusha is my friend and heart-sister and today she offers her book, Spiritual Misfit, to the world. You know, I try not to be bossy, but you need to buy this book.  Michelle and I talked recently about her book, her world, and stuff. 1.”Spiritual Misfit” is an interesting concept. Can you say more about that? […]

Michelle DeRusha

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Wowza, That was Fun!

Just popping in quick to say a big, loud, cartwheeling thank you for all the comments and tweets and Facebook posts and words of support you offered on book release day yesterday. It was a wild day, full of love and praise for God and YOU! So thank you for making the launch of Spiritual […]You just finished reading Wowza, That was Fun!! Consider leaving a comment!
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Amy Sullivan

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Cheers to the Girls Who Make Me Better

I met up with a few of my favorite girls this weekend. We hung out and devoured every current, trashy, celebrity magazine.We caught up on the meaningless details of life and on major life happenings. We laughed a lot, cried a little, and sat amazed at the surprising directions God pulls us.We gave Thomas Wolfe a nod for understanding you can't go home again, but wondered why ideas of home dominate our thoughts. We talked about how much life changes us, but how despite all of our changes, we end up exactly the same.We played a made-up game in which we assigned songs to each other and predicted life anthems.You know a game is going to be good when it has an intricate point system and thirteen rules followed-up by a statement saying rules can be changed before, during, and after the game.Love the girls who push me to live better.Tell me about you. When is the last time you escaped for some girlfriend time? Do you make it a priority? Why or why not? Follow @AmyLSullivan1
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emily wierenga

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An Open Letter to Mothers Who Have Miscarried

Dear Mothers Who Have Miscarried,I've lost two, and it's near torn me apart, this longing to be in heaven with my babies, but I've learned the secret to staying on earth.I learned the secret, just weeks ago, and I want to share it here with you, if I may?It was December, a cold afternoon and I was meeting in a church with a prayer team. They asked me about the babies I'd lost and I wept so hard I couldn't speak because this past spring, God had told me my Madeleine would live. And then she'd died. He'd told me about her personality, and then she'd slid from my body, and I gave birth to Stillborn Faith that day.I've been grieving ever since and sometimes it's just a white lace shoe that undoes me. Or a pink dress.  Or the sight of a woman's rounded womb.And I met with the prayer team and they prayed over me, that the Grief would end. I nodded tearfully.Following the prayer, one of the women pulled me aside and told me she'd heard a pastor speak once, on miscarried and aborted babies, and that this pastor had received a vision of a nursery in heaven. In this vision, the pastor saw a nursery filled with miscarried and aborted babies, angels watching over them, and upon reaching heaven, mothers who'd lost their babies would be given a second chance to raise them.Now, friends, I don't know that there's anything in Scripture that talks about a nursery in heaven but I also know that heaven is mysterious and unfathomable and eternal, and that a nursery is something akin to the loving character of God the Father. He may just give us a second chance to raise our babies.I breathed long and hard and fast after she told me this. Because if this nursery does exist, then suddenly God's words to me in the spring made sense: his words saying that my baby would live (even though on earth, she died); his words describing her personality, as though she were already alive.Because no life is lost to Jesus.The night I lost my first child, I had a dream, even as I slept: a little girl with golden curls sat outside my bedroom door playing with toys, and when she looked at me, she had her father's eyes. And then I looked down at my arms and there was a little boy asleep in them, but I couldn't see his face.If this nursery exists, that dream was of my daughter, playing in heaven (and the baby in my arms? My eldest son, who was conceived months later).And my daughter's waiting for me--even as your children are waiting for you.13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139)Friends?Our God does not lie.If he's told you that your baby lives? She does. Maybe not on earth. But nothing can separate us from the love of God--not even death, Romans 8 tells us.May you be filled with hope. This world is not all there is.Hallelujah.Your sister,e.*** Hey guys--I hate asking this, but I guess it's part of being a "professional" writer; I created an Author page yesterday and am wondering if you'll consider Liking me? Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/emilytwierenga. XOXOSubscribers that had been using the RSS method may have tore-subscribe and choose the non-comments feed. Old (dead) link: http://canvaschild.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/defaultNew (working) link: http://www.emilywierenga.com/feed/
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Tod Bolsinger

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When Size Really Doesn’t Matter…. OR… Why a discussion of either “Wee Kirks” or “Tall Steeples” completely misses the moment.

Two meals, two conversations, the same topic. (Over and over again.) One was the pastor of a declining church, the other a growing one. One was in an urban setting, the other rural. One of their churches was well -known, even iconic, the other was church that is not really...

Jeanne Damoff

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The Warmth of Redemption’s Embrace

When we made the decision to move to Dallas and buy a house across the street from the one where I grew up — the house where my dad was slowly losing my mom to dementia memory by memory, and where our son and his wife and their baby were also living, helping Dad navigate […]
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Susan Jones

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Your Going Out And Your Coming In ~

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence comes my help.   My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.   He will not allow your foot to be moved: He who keeps you will not slumber.   Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.   The LORD is your keeper: The LORD is your shade at your right hand.   The sun shall not smite you by day,
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Brock Henning

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Shore Book Project Update - Still Cranking

It's been a while since our last update, and we're happy to report the cogwheels are still cranking with Mike and Christa Shore on their book.2013 proved to be a very busy year for all of us with work, family, and ministry commitments, so our book interview sessions were few and far between. We decided in December that instead of trying to piecemeal a few hours here and there to conduct interviews, which left far too much time in between each get-together, and having to re-visit parts of the story, we changed our approach to what we call "marathon sessions." We opted to set aside 6-8 hour chunks on Sundays to crank out several story interviews back to back, and get 'er done. At this point we have over 80,000 words of transcribed interviews, and I expect we'll have closer to 120,000 words once the interviews are complete (we think a couple more marathon sessions will wrap up the interview process). As a frame of reference, a typical non-fiction book is around 75,000 words, so we're not worried at all about having enough content for their story. It's the editing and cutting that's going to hurt.  :) Once we've completed the interviews and laborious transcription process, it will be full steam ahead crafting each chapter for the final manuscript.Thanks for checking in, and thanks to those of you who have asked how the book is coming along. As always, your prayer support and encouragement are invaluable to us on this journey.And as has been Mike and Christa's purpose for this book from the start, we all continue to believe strongly that this story will help anyone find hope and purpose through and beyond life's setbacks.Peace!-bsh

Heather Holleman

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Winning Favor

Today I remember that I'm not fighting to win God's favor.I already have it in full.I'm approved of, well-liked, and blessed because I've received the righteousness of Christ. God's attitude towards me is one of glorious favor.In Psalm 90:17, the writer asks, "May the favor of the Lord rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us." I read also in Psalm 84 that "The Lord is a sun and a shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless." God bestows his favor and lets it rest on us because in Romans 3:22 we learn that a "righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ." We're blameless and pure, worthy of favor and blessing because of this gift--not by anything we do or don't do.We don't win it, work for it, beg, or bargain. We have it, and today we believe and receive it.I wonder how a day goes when we experience the reality of God's favor in our lives. I'm excited to see what happens!

Marilyn Yocum

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Dumping My Blog

I’M THINKING OF DUMPING MY BLOG - been thinking it a while - but is it one more step away from writing? Or toward it? Unsure. I admitted to these very thoughts while riding to church a few weeks ago and wouldn’t you know it? The morning’s passage included “immediately they left their nets.” I […]

Marni Arnold

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Build Your Fortress

Definition, fortress: “1a large fortified place; a fort or group of forts, often including a town citadel; 2any place of exceptional security; stronghold” Fortresses are imperative in life. Danny Silk shared a quote the other day on his Facebook Page: “Boundaries are courage in action. A child who is courageously setting boundaries will be able to resist negative peer pressure.” Timothy Smith The deeply woven truth in these words is intensely profound…especially the beginning words: […]