Monthly Archives: December 2011

New Years’ Eve Ponderings

It is New Years’ Eve of 2011.  The New Year, 2012, is arriving tonight. I find myself this morning, yearning for the fire of God, for a great spiritual awakening, for a mighty move of God right here in Nashville, … Continue reading

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My Top 12 Blogs For 2011

Here are links to my Top 12 Blogs For 2o11: #1)  Did Oprah Read My Book #2)  Who’s My #1 Greatest American?  William Lloyd Garrison #3)  Talk About Expensive Gas #4)  Where Did Sojourner Truth Get Her Name? #5)  Church … Continue reading

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World Famous “Good” Men Who Weren’t So Good

People like to look back on history and call certain world famous men (or groups of men) good.  Perhaps the two groups of men that have been considered the best of the good are the American Founding Fathers and the … Continue reading

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Quotes From Spiritual Athletes Between The 4th & 7th Centuries

Here are some quotations written between the Fourth and Seventh Centuries by some powerful spiritual athletes.  They are from an amazing collection of writings — The Philokalia — Volume One.  Enjoy the quotes: “When a man has an exact knowledge … Continue reading

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Bringing In The New Year — Party Or Pray?

The most popular way to bring in the New Year is to party — to celebrate the mere passing of time  (a New Year is coming, the old one is passing away)  yahoo!  However, many people will admit that New … Continue reading

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The Christmas Gift Most Commonly Left Unopened

Every year some Christmas gifts remain unopened.  They are lost and/or forgotten in the holiday hustle, buried under discarded wrapping paper, accidentally tossed with the trash. So what is the most commonly unopened Christmas gift?  You would think it would … Continue reading

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News Flash: Planet Earth invaded by its Creator, not with the force of justice and judgment; but with mercy, love, humility. The Creator comes in human flesh, not in a royal palace, but in an animal stable — not with a demonstration of His power and authority, but subject to the circumstances of a Babe born under questionable conditions to a poor mother. Yet 20 centuries later, the world slows down, work stops, families gather on the day set aside to remember that God invasion. One Babe began a movement that continues to our time — a movement that has made millions of men and women better than they would have been without beholding the Christ. Transformed by Jesus, by God in the flesh — made new, set free, personally invaded by the Spirit, now rejoicing, not in stuff, and tinsel, and traditions both religious and secular; but rejoicing in relationship with the Babe, now the Lord, Savior, Master!

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