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Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. – Hebrews 2:11

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"I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high."

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In my Bible reading the other day, I was stopped by the follwing passage: "Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the Lord." (Leviticus 26:2)

I know what this means contextually — The actual Sabbath day (and also the Sabbath year) and the tabernacle. However, I believe God wants me to reflect and remember on my life. He wants me to reflect on what my life could have been like had I been obedient in the areas of rest and in taking care of my body/mind (his temple) and, therefore, learn from my past. Then, he wants me remember (and apply his lessons) that it is important for me to rest (not just a day, but a lifestyle of peacefulness) and take care of the temple of the Holy Spirit.

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I really am inspired by the B-17 books I read and, also, the Band of Brothers mini-series and books about the infintry in the European Theater. Normally, I don’t like violence and guns and death and so forth, so it is a curious thing that I am drawn to these two interests. Yes, the B-17 thing is because my dad was a co-pilot of B-17’s, but I think it is something more. The best I can figure is that I like these two areas because these guys did something that matters. I am drawn to that.

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Dear God,

I’m sorry for choosing to work where I work. You’ve wanted me somewhere else since September 2007 and I have ignored you. I am sorry. I think I am beginning to understand why you had me read Genesis 6:6 – The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. I am grieving. My heart is sorrowful and pained.

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Think how you have instructed many, how you have strengthened feeble hands. Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees. But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed. (Job 4:3-5)

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But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. (Genesis 6:8-9)

A breath of fresh air in a stifling, malodorous culture. A refreshing drink in a sulfuric, pungent wasteland.


  • righteous
  • blameless among the people
  • finding favor in the eyes of the Lord
  • he walked with God.

Now THAT is an epithet! Wouldn’t it be the best year ever if, on December 31, 2010, those things could be said about me.

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