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Category: Speaking to the Soul

Daughters of Hagar

The Lord dealt with Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as he had promised. Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to his son whom Sarah bore him. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was […]

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Little things

However, as we study the Bible, we discover God makes fairly good use of insignificant places, right down to using an insignificant place for the birth of the Savior. … But as it turns out, in the upside down world of God’s Economic Scale, bigger is almost never better.

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Laughter

The words “laugh” or “laughter” are mentioned a number of times in the Bible; add in “laughingstock” and it comes out to more than 60 times (per my Bible software), including 4 times in just this passage. In almost every mention of the word, the laugh/laughter context is that of scorn or derision

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Unbelievable

“You don’t even know all that I have done. You think God will have anything to do with me if he knows me. I’ve been there.

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The Bible as a place of sacramental encounter

Approached in a prayerful manner, the Bible is found to be always contemporary–not just writings composed in the distant past but a message addressed directly to me here and now. “He who is humble in his thoughts and engaged in spiritual work,” says St. Mark the Monk, “when he reads the Holy Scriptures will apply everything to himself and not to someone else.” As a book uniquely inspired by God and addressed to each of the faithful personally, […]

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Conversion of St. Paul

I’m afraid in the world of spreading The Good News In Christ, the institutional church in the past century, has been too complacent to “kick for one”–and the result is declining membership in the mainline denominations.

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The cost of saying “Yes”

As much as Li Tim-Oi suffered at the hands of the Japanese and the Communists, the rejection by her church of her priestly vocation must have been one of the hardest battles she had to endure… It’s hard to be a prophet, and it’s hard to be the first. It’s hard to face an enemy but even harder to face brothers and sisters of one’s own spiritual family.

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Helping Someone Suspicious

Jesus does good without recourse to the relative merit, or lack of merit, of the royal official. He did not reject the man because he was a servant of Herod Antipas, despite the cruel treatment to John.

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Too much of a good thing

It’s also important to consider that human nature reveals at times our “magnanimous” behavior isn’t always as magnanimous as it seems. I call it “The Mismatched Pieces of Pie Gambit.”

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