Posts Tagged "sin"

Through the Desert to the Garden

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Articles | 0 comments

Through the Desert to the Garden

The sun emblazoned the crystals of sand.  Any breath of breeze picked up the sand and carried it along, throwing it into my face before swirling it across the expanse.  The heat pressed down on me, and my thirst was overwhelming.  I knew I wasn’t alone.  Turning my head to the right, I sensed a friend.  To the left – apprehension, fear.  I couldn’t, however, see anyone.  Pulling my legs up to my chest and resting my head against my knees, I whispered, “Lord, what’s going on?  Where am I and why am I here?”   I gasped awake.  Sweat poured from my body.  I reached for...

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Clean the Lenses!

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Articles | 0 comments

Clean the Lenses!

My car is ten years old and has 126,000 miles on the engine.  It runs great, has had no major problems.  The body is starting rust (Northern New York winters take a major toll on a car’s body); the clear-coat is cracking and peeling, but under the hood, it still runs great. Recently, we were driving home after dark and noticed that the headlights weren’t shining as brightly as they should.  “Must have a bulb out,” my husband said.  He turned on the high-beams and saw a deer on the shoulder of the road.  If he hadn’t turned on the high-beams, we probably would have hit the deer...

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Aladdin’s Lamp

Posted by on Apr 6, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

Aladdin’s Lamp

“Oh, magic Genie, make me rich and powerful!”   Poof!  The young man – Aladdin – is instantly changed from a poor, dirty, undesirable to a wealthy & handsome prince.  He struts into town, lavishing his wealth on everyone along the way and smiles his way into the home – and heart – of a beautiful princess.  Every time Aladdin wants something, he needs only to rub the lamp, the genie drifts out of the lamp on a stream of smoke and *Poof* whatever he desires magically appears.  A cute story, a fantasy, watched over and over by my son when he was little, but definitely...

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The Skeletons in the Closet

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

The Skeletons in the Closet

Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present – Regina Brett Skeletons in our closets.  We all have them.  They are the secrets, memories from our past, that we prefer not to talk about and would rather not have anyone know about.  Sometimes they are terrible things that happened to us, things beyond our control.  Other times, they are past choices, usually wrong decisions.  We keep them buried and pray that anyone who knows about them never brings them up.   Mine are hideous.  Some were created by others – things that happened to me when I was very young. ...

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Broken Chains

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in Articles | 2 comments

Broken Chains

“Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.”  Romans 6:6     I’m in prison.  I built it.  It’s my own.  Every inch, each bar, the lock, the concrete floor – every part of it was built by me.  The shackles that bind my wrists and ankles – I did that too.  Each bar, every link of the chains represents my sins – the lies, pride, lust, arrogance, hate, judgmentalism – each sin locking me deeper into the prison.  Why can’t I be free?   I wrap my fingers around...

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