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  • Coals of Fire by Nancy J. Farrier
    I needed new glasses so I went to an optical department—a busy place where I had to scan a QR code to get a place in line. As I waited for my turn, I observed the people who were working … Continue reading →
  • Living the Gospel by James R. Coggins
    David was one of the most learned theologians I have had the privilege of knowing. He was a seminary professor and a Bible college president. He wrote a number of learned but readable books. He was a member of various … Continue reading →
  • Why Surrender the Good by Julie Arduini
    Julie’s Note: This is a revised post from my new Substack. Substack is part blog, part newsletter. I write once a week on surrender issues with chocolate mentions. Always with encouragement, never preachy. Consistently authentic. I’d love for you to … Continue reading →
  • Welcome to my land . . .
    As shared in my fun, helpful memoir/travelogue, A Traveling Grandma’s Guide to Israel: Adventures, Wit, and Wisdom, there’s a wonderful, little-known network of Christian believers in Israel (if you can find them) that helps travelers know where to go, who … Continue reading →
  • The Lines by James R. Coggins
    I remember reading Psalm 16 many years ago, probably in the King James Version, and wondering what the phrase meant that “the lines” had fallen to the psalmist “in pleasant places” (Psalm 16:6). What lies behind this phrase is some … Continue reading →
  • A Blessed Day by Tara Randel
    Recently I did a Bible study of 1,2,3 John. The study is called Abide, by Jen Wilkin. She is a wonderful teacher and I always gain so much insight when I listen to the videos that are part of the … Continue reading →
  • The Other John Smyth by James R. Coggins
    I grew up a Baptist, and, like most other Baptists, I didn’t know much about Baptist history. That changed in university when I studied history and wrote a paper on John Smyth, the founder of the first Baptist church (see … Continue reading →
  • Fighting for Your Valuables by Julie Arduini
    A couple weeks ago I took time off from posting to prayerfully press in on some things. When I felt it was time to put into play what I received, this heaven-sent object lesson still resonates. It is so powerful … Continue reading →
  • Connected to Nature by James R. Coggins
    People in Bible times had a much closer connection to nature than we do. With no electricity or lights, they could see the stars most nights. They traveled mostly on foot—and occasionally on animals—and were not insulated from weather as … Continue reading →
  • Who Is John Smyth (and why does it matter)? by James R. Coggins
    Most Baptists know very little about history—and care even less. In particular, most Baptist know very little about their own history. They are part of a significant denomination that has spread through many countries around the world, and they have … Continue reading →
  • Bad Things Happen in Life and In Fiction
    Sometimes it feels as if real life imitates fiction. And the other way around. Since Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden, our world has been on a downward spiral toward darkness. As a Christian Suspense author, I write about … Continue reading →
  • Powerful Keys
    I don’t know when or where I learned to value keys or who explained the concept to me (probably one of my grandparents). I was young and whatever they said made me want them. I soon had a collection from … Continue reading →
  • Self-Sacrificing Love by James R. Coggins
    On the night he was betrayed, Jesus told His close followers that He was going away to somewhere where they could not follow: “I will be with you only a little longer…Where I am going, you cannot come” (John 13:33). … Continue reading →

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