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The Good Friday Passion of Tenebrae

The Tenebrae service is our favorite service during Lent at our Lutheran church. From the Latin for shadows or darkness, Tenebrae is an ancient service that underscores the solemnity of Jesus’s last day on earth as a man. The solemn, sober service takes place on Good Friday. Tenebrae services usually involve candles lit in a darkened […]

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Giving Up Sin for Lent

Giving up sin for Lent sounds like a great idea, but is it possible? No. Romans 3:23 tells why: “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” All have sinned–or fallen short of the mark of what and who God created us to be in our lives. Jesus and temptation to […]

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On Saying Thank You

“Tell everyone you meet, ‘thank you.’” Not a bad idea, but it wasn’t mine. As I sat in my pink chair praying about an upcoming trip, that sentence popped into my mind. Since no one else was home, obviously, it came from God. Easy. I could do that. But I thought the message silly. I […]

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How I Recognize God’s Voice

I heard God’s voice today. Oh, not in an audible way, but in a clearly recognizable way. This is how. As a writer, I understand “voice” is a term for how I differentiate my characters from each other in a manuscript. Readers should be able to read my dialogue and recognize which character is speaking without being told–because they […]

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How I Read My Utmost for His Highest

My Utmost

I’ve been reading My Utmost for His Highest since before the turn of the century. This is how I use it. As a Devotional I’d never used a devotional book before I opened My Utmost for His Highest. I’ve written about Christian devotionals here, including a bit of history. Devotional writers generally take a passage […]

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