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I once witnessed a butterfly sliding head first out of its chrysalis. It struggled for an hour, pressing its wings against the confining shell as it wiggled millimeters at a time toward freedom. Finally, it emerged enough to grasp the casing and pull itself up to a leaf where it sat opening and closing its…

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The Freedom Fighter’s Gift of Peace

This is the first 4th of July when I am not giddy about fireworks, picnics, and parades.  I grew up in the Washington DC area, was born in DC in fact. The 4th of July was a big deal. The Bicentennial was even bigger.   Even when I moved to North Carolina, Independence Day was special,…

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Proclaiming Freedom

Years ago, I listened quite a bit to Christian radio. One of the people whose teachings I enjoyed was Steve Brown. He’s a retired Presbyterian pastor who may still teach at Reformed Seminary in Florida. He is a master in storytelling and he gives these quips that stick with you and help you learn about…

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Take This Yoke. Now.

Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. ~Matthew 11:28-30 I had…

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