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Timely Obstacles

Cole Smith

When writing a new novel, I’ve discovered a major weakness in my plotting. I don’t like to put obstacles in my character’s path. Sure, it’s fiction, but my poor protagonist has been through so much already. Can’t I just give her a little break, a vacation chapter, so she can relax and gather herself? It’s…

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Washed and Ready

Natalie Liounis

For the past year, I’ve been leading a small Bible study on the campus of the community college I work for. We have been meeting on Wednesdays at 11:30 am, and while I don’t always have even more than one student join me, the conversations are always fruitful. One Wednesday in December, the week before…

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Courage is Everywhere

Rebecca Montie Preston

The wind changed, beginning to blow hard and fast. As seasoned fishermen, it was nothing new. The Sea of Galilee was well known for its volatile weather. However, they usually fished during the day and the darkness of the early morning was unnerving to them. In an instant, the wind began to blow more fiercely,…

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Worship in Spirit & Truth

Denise Frank

The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught. ~Isaiah 29:13 Growing up in black churches, I never understood why folks were shouting and running…

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