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    The Most Remarkable Missionary You’ve Never Heard Of

    The eyes of the world have been watching Arab refugees pour into Europe the last several months. Fear has fueled many of the reactions of folks across the continents as there has been talk and concern about the people flooding Europe–they are Muslims and could therefore possibly be terrorists. Because of this fear many countries have said to the refugees, ‘You are not welcome here,’ leaving Muslim as well as Arab Christians abandoned and exiled, fearful of ever returning home, trapped in a life-changing limbo. The country of Germany, however, has said, “Yes. Yes, you are welcome and we will help you.” And miracle of miracles, many of those same…

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    Old Tables and New Life {Roots & Sky Edition}

    I pour lemon oil onto my dust rag, massaging the small table’s worn and chipped surface. No amount of elbow grease or lemon oil will cover up the wear and tear–scuffs from an old plant container, water rings from one too many glasses of iced tea, the solitary black circle from a dropped cigarette. Simply an every day side table, no precious wood or dovetailed joints in its construction.  Made of common mahogany, one small drawer holds the flotsam and jetsam of my living room, a shelf underneath supporting a large basket of books. There is an angry spot on the bottom shelf where some rubbing alcohol spilled. I thought…

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    What to do When Your Pants Don’t Fit, and other Resolutions

    http://www.centralparknyc.org It’s the beginning of a New Year, a new start, a fresh beginning. Are you making any resolutions?  I’ve made only one. It’s like the over arching bridge that supports all the rest of my year. My resolution? To remember whose I am.  I have the privilege of Guest Posting over at Jennifer Dukes Lee’s place today for her Preapproved series. She’s asked several bloggers to weigh in on how God spoke to them through the book she wrote last year, “Love Idol”.The book is about understanding whose and what we are. Loved by God.Because I am.  Preapproved. Click here to read about how I dealt with an annoying 15 extra…

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    Sabbathing

    This post is second in a sporadic series on a book I’m reading that is changing my life: God in the Yard, by LL Barkat. I will post my discoveries as I process them. This is not a book review, per se, but perhaps a book invitation…~~~~~~~~~~I watch the clouds drift by on this sunless day, pushed by the wind.The only reason I notice they’re moving is because I am sitting still.I think about the children of Israel being led by God’s presence in a cloud by day and I think:The only way to know if God is moving in your life is to be still.God made the Sabbath for…