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Pretend Shepherding is Lethal


There are times in life when pretending is okay, and even encouraged. A costume party would be a good example. Or an actress performing in a play. The nature of both events assumes (and expects) that pretending is happening. However, pretending in life and death situations is not funny nor is it appropriate. If you were experiencing a medical emergency, you would not appr...

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I once was blind, but now I see


Gratitude flows freely when you are given a desired gift that was not previously yours. Think of a thoughtful birthday gift, a new friendship, or even a glass of cold water on a hot summer day. It is easy to be thankful for such things. In contrast, the more we grow accustomed to God's blessings on a daily basis, the easier it is to take them for granted. For example, we'...

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The Light of the World


Light is a welcomed sight when you are lost in the dark. Light gives you clarity about where you are, and it helps you see where you need to go. In contrast, light can be disrupting and even blinding when you want to be in the dark.In Sunday's passage, John 8:12-50, Jesus identifies himself as the light of the world. For some (then and now) this is hopeful, life-giving new...

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