Tag Archives: new creation

Going Close to Travel Far

[From the archives.] If you ran a movie studio in the early 20th Century, you wanted to have your studio in California. It wasn’t just for the good year-round weather. Other states have fairly temperate weather most of the year. … Continue reading

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Getting over My Lack of Self-Awareness

*** Inscribed on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi was the aphorism Know Thyself. While its origins possibly stretch back to Luxor in Egypt, the saying featured prominently in Greek philosophy. Often used by philosophers as a reminder of one’s … Continue reading

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God Has Big Plans for Little People

Jeremiah had a hard job, being a prophet in Israel when God was bringing the nation to judgment. Most of the political and religious leaders rejected him, and even when they heard something worth considering and brought it to King … Continue reading

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This Is What It Means To Be Included

“This is what it means to be included.” The mother’s words jumped out at me from the radio. Included. Two year old Tatum Bakker had never been able to swing on a playground swing set until they visited Brooklyn’s Playground on … Continue reading

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Spring Now and Spring Eternal

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” (Revelation 21:5.) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17.) ***

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Water Circles

Drops strike and disappear Ripples spread Circle to circle to circle to circle to circle With each drop the pool spreads Its breadth Over sand and rock and tree and mountaintop It rises and covers And washes new The flower, … Continue reading

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Painted Pumpkins and Christmas Cheer

[I’ve been painting pumpkins today: They are drying now and will soon receive their ribbons so they look like the ones in the archived post below.] Our front door is adorned by painted pumpkins. They look like this: For years … Continue reading

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Courthouses, Heaven and Coming Home

When I became a judge 20 years ago, they had no place for me. Literally. I was the eighth judge in a seven judge courthouse, and that meant there was no courtroom for me. They also had no chambers for … Continue reading

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The Secret to Being a Good Listener

Listening well is not my strong suit. It’s a professional requirement, but it doesn’t come easy. Whether at work or with friends, my natural bent is not steering me toward any Listener of the Year awards. Speaking of friends, we have one … Continue reading

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When Your Kids Make You Sweat

We spent the first part of this week helping our daughter get situated in her new apartment after spending the past year in South Asia. Unlike a couple years back, this time we did not have to move her furniture … Continue reading

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