Free to Stay

Free to Stay

Our fictional friend, Marcia, begins a new job today, and she is overjoyed.  Her last job was stifling.  She worked 15-hour days in a dark office for no thanks.  Her boss regularly ridiculed her efforts, and her coworkers loudly berated her.  She quit the horrid job last week, shaking the dust off her feet and not looking back.

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Simple Joy Saturday #31

Simple Joy Saturday #31

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or change as time passes.  Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!

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April 21-27, 2018

1. Last weekend, I met a college friend at Pilot Mountain.  We had such a great time hiking and catching up!

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Easter Fools

Easter Fools

I guess you know what today is.

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April fools! It’s actually Easter!

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For the first time in over half a century, it’s Easter AND April Fools Day.  This co-occurrence of holidays is a little bizarre.  As I sit here wondering if the Easter bunny will hand out chocolate eggs that are deceptively made of mud, I can’t help but realize that those of us who celebrate the true story of Easter could easily be called fools.

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God hates sin; God is love

God hates sin; God is love

There are some books of the Bible that are hard to stomach.  Take Nahum, for example.  The short book explains how God will utterly destroy Nineveh.  Nahum states that God is against these people.  He planned their devastation.

This goes against what we are told about God.  Common teaching paints God as a cosmic cheerleader that loves everyone.  At the very least, He delights in our success.

So which is true?  Does God love or does He hate?

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Finding Rest

Finding Rest

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I slept for 8.5 hours the other night.  I know that *technically* this is what you are always supposed to do, but, for me, it’s pretty rare.

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His Love Endures Forever

His Love Endures Forever

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.

His love endures forever.

 He is greater than the gods of wood.

His love endures forever.

 The earthly lords are under His throne.

His love endures forever.

 Miraculous works are His alone.

His love endures forever.

Give thanks to Him who made the skies.

His love endures forever.

He parted the water so earth could rise.

His love endures forever.

Thank Him who made the greatest lights—

His love endures forever.

the sun for day, the moon for night.

His love endures forever.

With a mighty hand and outstretched arm,

His love endures forever.

 He saved His people from certain harm.

His love endures forever.

 Threw their enemies below the sea,

His love endures forever.

 Though they were slaves, He set them free.

His love endures forever.

He remembered us in our low estate

His love endures forever.

Our faith is small; His grace is great.

His love endures forever.

He provides for those who call Him friend.

His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God whose love will not end.

His love endures forever.

Finding Whose We Are: Strangers

Finding Whose We Are: Strangers

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I started my job at the university four months ago, and, for the most part, I have no complaints.  I am thankful for the Christian atmosphere, familiar surroundings, and proximity to family.  However, there is one situation in which I struggle for contentment.

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