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Preserved – Miracles in the Desert

Fear and uncertainty are the two most common emotions that are expressed when people share how the new year 2018 makes them feel.  Our current president is known more for the many lies he tells than for passing any significant legislation since taking office.   In addition, with an increase in acts of racial violence, others say that our country is …

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Preserved by Purpose: Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That

“I woke up to get me a cold pop and I thought somebody was barbecuing.   I said ‘Oh Lord Jesus!   It’s a fire!’ Then I ran out.   I didn’t grab my shoes or nothin’…I ran for my life…I got bronchitis.   Ain’t nobody got time for that!”    When I first heard these words by the internet sensation floral head scarf and …

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Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” John 4:29, ESV A huge billboard caught my eye the other day while driving down the freeway: It read: Who is Muhammad? Come find out at the Muslim Center of Irving. Did you know Muhammad isn’t the only man we should be curious about …

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Preserved by Purpose – The King is Coming

Christmas has always been one of my favorite times of year.   I like the overall good mood most people are in and love being hearing Christmas music nearly everywhere I go. Even as a child, I think that the emotion that I would say best described how I saw Christmas was anticipation.   As a kid, I anticipated the joy of …

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Praise the Lord, I tell myself and never forget the good things he does for me. Psalms 103:3, NLT In a recent sermon, the Pastor of a church challenged his parishioners to compile a list of items they were thankful for during the past year. He even gave them time during the service to compile their list, so they would begin to reflect …

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Preserved by Purpose: Solitude: A Christian (and Writer’s) Best Friend

“God sometimes has relationships end so he can make room for the ones he wants us to have in our lives” A few years ago, I was talking to a friend about some recent changes with some close friendships when he shared these profound words with me. He also reminded me that God will allow relationships to shift as He …

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Preserved by Purpose: You Have to Do Your Part

“You didn’t tell us we had to do that.”   During the first weeks of school, I hear this phrase at least once per day per class (probably an average of 15-20 times a week) from my college English Composition students.   A few years ago, I heard it so much that I started to doubt that I’d given clear instructions on …

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Preserved by Purpose – Leaving Baggage at Home

“Everyone’s got baggage.”  True or false?  Some may say that they have no baggage because God or 6 weeks with a psychotherapist took care of that.  There are so many different types: emotional, physical, spiritual, financial and sexual.  Some baggage that we carry is the result of our poor decisions while others are a result of us being victimized by …

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Preserved by Purpose – Forgiving the Unforgiveable

  It’s been nearly 10 years since the world was horrified at the deaths of 10 teen-aged girls at an Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania.   Rather than seeing the normal images of grief-stricken family members promising revenge for the killings or violent acts of retaliation, in 2006 the world watched in amazement as the Amish families illustrated Christian idea of forgiveness.  …

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