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  • Secrets Worth Keeping

    Do you have any secrets worth keeping?

    The Bible Study I’m leading this year is on spiritual disciplines – using Jan Johnson’s  Spiritual Disciplines Companion:  Bible Studies and Practices to Transform Your Soul. Today we are finishing the section on “Service & Secrecy,” which focuses on serving without others knowing about it.  Sometimes we can serve without a human soul knowing.  Other times, the one we serve does know.  But we don’t tell anyone else. While reviewing my notes, I was reminded how difficult it is to keep a secret in our current culture, especially for those of us (ahem) addicted to Facebook. We feel compelled to spill… Read More ›

  • To Pray (aloud) … or not? That is the question.

    Recently a friend asked for my take on whether or not we are supposed to pray audibly. It’s an interesting question.  I was reared in a home and church where praying out loud was the norm.  But many people do not have that experience.  They can be intimidated when they find themselves in a situation where others are praying aloud and it appears that they are expected to do the same.  Fear not!  There are many examples of both throughout Scripture.  I will share just a few here. In the Psalms, we often read of people praying and praising the… Read More ›

  • Coffee, Tea … or He?

    Last weekend I attended our church’s annual Ladies Retreat at Camp Tejas in Giddings, Texas. The facilities are wonderful. The rooms are beautifully decorated, the conference center is lovely, the grounds are expansive, with lots of activities. The staff is incredible! Really – a dream location. Our church has retreated at Camp Tejas for over 15 years and our ladies love it there. Some of the very nice amenities in their main meeting rooms include the assortment of teas they provide and the nifty coffee machines that dispense a variety of hot beverages. Admittedly, though, I’m a coffee snob. And… Read More ›

  • I Have a Confession …

    Several years ago I heard someone teach the following:  Once you are saved, you don’t need to keep asking God for forgiveness.  All of your sins are forgiven – past, present, and future.  When you do sin, however, you are to confess your sins, being thankful that He has forgiven them. This did not settle right with me.  I had been “asking for God’s forgiveness”  for specific sins ever since I had been saved.  As soon as I got home, I started my own search for Truth on this issue. Indeed – there are many verses that confirm this.  Colossians… Read More ›

  • Devoted to Prayer

    Devoted isn’t a word that we hear all the time.  Certainly it’s more common around Valentine’s day.  I think that’s why, when I hear the word, my first thoughts are of my husband and the love we share.  When Tim signs a card, Your devoted husband, I feel treasured.  For me, the word devoted carries with it a sense of tender love and deep commitment. But what does it mean to be devoted to prayer? Acts 2:42 tells us that the early church “… devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and… Read More ›