Spiritual Growth

A Blind Surgeon

As many of you know, in June 2014 over three days, for reasons unknown, I completely lost my vision. This sudden blindness landed me in the hospital for a week. A few weeks after my release from the hospital, with the prognosis that I might never see again, I convinced my wife to allow me…

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When Mountains Won’t Move

“Can you hear me now?” Have you ever felt like saying that to God? Have you ever thought the communication lines between you and God were broken?  When God doesn’t seem to answer your prayers, have you wondered if He is listening? Worse yet, maybe He is listening but His answer to your prayer request…

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A Journey Through Hell

What is the scariest journey you have ever been on? What is the most perilous path you have walked down? What was the spookiest place you have ever ventured into? Your answers to these questions should pale in comparison to the frightful experience of a journey through hell, yet that is precisely what I am…

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A Place To Pray

Have you ever noticed that some places seem better than others for prayer? Certainly we can pray anywhere, but even Jesus seemed to have a preferred place and style for prayer. When He wanted to draw closer to His Father, He went to the mountains to pray. He sought out a place of solitude. I…

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Time Marches On

There I stood with mountains of paper on the floor. My illness and disability have caused me to sell my professional practice. Privacy and security concerns dictate that I shred my client files.  I have been dreading this day. I agonize as I prepare to shred them. They represent 40 years of my life’s work.…

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Jumping The Line

Have you ever been standing in line for a long time, when suddenly one or several people jump in line in front of you? How does it make you feel? The act of jumping in line, also known as butting, barging, or skipping in line, is the act of entering a queue or line at…

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Radio Silence

For just a moment, try to put yourself in the place of Ernest McSorley. The date is November 10, 1975. You are the captain of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Your ship is awash in 35-foot seas and buffeted by wind gusts of 100 knots. The topside fence rails have snapped, the vents were torn off and…

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Freedom Can Be Dangerous

July 4th is the day set aside in the United States to celebrate independence and freedom. That freedom came at a price. Many sacrificed their lives to make America free. Today, many take that freedom for granted. Many abuse that freedom. Many allow their personal freedom to cause harm to others. Freedom misused is dangerous.…

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Peeling Back The Onion

Onions are part of a group of plants that contain amino acid sulfoxides. As an onion is peeled or chopped, it releases gas into the air that irritates our eyes. When this happens, the glands above the eyelids release reflex tears. To enjoy the taste of the onion, we must accept the tears. When we…

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Monitoring Our Inner Volcano

It was a beautiful August morning. Hours later, the sky turned black, and Mount Vesuvius exploded without warning. Hidden deep beneath the beauty of the mountain was a tumultuous cauldron of toxic gas and molten lava. The pent-up pressure exploded on August 24, AD79 causing unimaginable damage. Our lives can be like a volcano. Buried…

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