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Tethered

Tethered

Dear Faith Family, I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in Him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5) So, it's on an inlet in the Meadowland of Scull Bay in Linwood, New Jersey. East Seaview Avenue dead ends onto Seaview Dock. Well, for most people, it dead ends. But for three young brothers and their...

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I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means

I do not

Dear Faith Family, The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1) She said it again! "I need one of those." In front of her on the shelf at the grocery store is an organic, "healthy", chocolate bar. That's when I responded like a sophomore (a wise fool): "Need?" An innocent question, right? That's when I begin my descent in to trouble. I tell her: "You keep usin...

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Expect the Unexpected

expect

Dear Faith Family, He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. (John 21:6) I didn't see that coming! Have you ever made such a pronouncement? Some years ago, I discovered a cocoon in the shrubbery surrounding our home. Intrigued, I harve...

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Slip Sliding Away

Slip

Dear Faith Family Friends, And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. (Matthew 8:26). Have you ever disregarded what you know to be true and lived to regret it? (At this point you may be experiencing the internal conflict of do I dare continue reading? This isn't going to end well. Or, I ca...

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Listening for the Chimes

Listen

Dear Faith Family, And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." And when he had said this, he fell asleep. (Acts 7:59-60). Bong, beng, bing, bongoh sorry, I was just rehearsing the sound of Cyndi's Christmas present. She wanted chimes. ...

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Mercy Much?

mercy

Dear Faith Family, For I knew that You are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. (Jonah 4:2b). It happened twice in one week. On two separate occasions I watched helplessly as two different drivers recklessly disregarded the law and piloted their cars dangerously right in front of my eyes! Where's a polic...

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Running on Full

Running on Full

Dear Faith Family, May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13). Sometime in December we fired up the gas grill and commenced to cooking. Before the steaks or chicken were done, the grill ceased its flame. No more gas! I hate when that happens. In the heat of the moment (s...

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Under His Care

Under His Care

Dear Faith Family, "Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me, and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!" (Psalm 139:23-24). What a humbling ordeal. Rewind. On November 3rd I discovered my Covid parting gift. I was fifteen days into feeling all "covidish" (translated "whipped") when my I told my doctor about w...

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Who Reads This Stuff?

Who Reads

Dear Faith Family, "I am the LORDyour God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery." (Exodus 20:2). Who reads that stuff?! I had been asleep for hours. I was awakened to the tears of my young wife. Cyndi and I were newlyweds. She was reading Julie by Catherine Marshall. Now that I was awake, she explained how "good" the book was. How good co...

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Let's Go See

Lets go see

Dear Faith Family,And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth, (Luke 2:6).Tomorrow is Christmas! Wait, tomorrow?! Tomorrow we celebrate the birth of Jesus? Are you sure that it is tomorrow? Anybody else feeling not like it's Christmas?I'm thinking that the shepherds in Luke 2 were feeling not like it was Christmas. Was it just another night? Sheep still ...

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