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blog25 10.27.10 - I WILL MAKE YOU FISHERS OF MEN

As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." Then they abandoned their nets and followed Him. He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed Him.
-- Mark 1:16-20

My father got home at about 6:00 p.m. that day. Easy to remember, because you could always set your watch by him. I can only imagine how happy he must have been to leave the city behind...

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blog25 10.10.10 - GOD, A REFUGE IN ALL DANGERS

Then they called to Yahweh in their trouble and He rescued them from their sufferings, reducing the storm to a whisper until the waves grew quiet, bringing them, glad at the calm, safe to the port they were bound for.
-- Psalms 107:28-30

In a dream last night, I was making my way along a mountain road through a town situated along the coast.

There was a very large volcano jutting out of the ocean just off the shore in the distance. It was smoking and frightening to look at. Dark clouds were gathering in the skies overhead, making...

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blog25 09.11.10 - SPRINGS OF LIVING WATER

They will not hunger or thirst anymore, nor will the sun or any heat strike them. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; 'He will lead them to springs of Living Water.' 'And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.'
-- Revelation 7: 16-17

The high temperatures and oppressive heat are still lingering in central Arizona, so a little escape to the cooler elevations is imperative this time of year.

If you can't relate to the heat in your area of the world, you could maybe substitute the 'heat' of the endless commitments and distractions in our lives... the piles of work... the many people...

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blog25 08.25.10 - THE PURSUIT OF TRUE LOVE

Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm; For stern as death is love, relentless as the nether world is devotion; its flames are a blazing fire. Deep waters cannot quench love, nor floods sweep it away. Were one to offer all he owns to purchase love, he would be roundly mocked.
-- Song of Songs 8:6-7

I went to pick up my daughter from preschool yesterday.

When I arrived, I found the door to the classroom was locked and I could see that the children were sitting on the floor with the teacher who was putting the finishing touches on the second day...

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blog25 08.06.10 - do not fear the savior

'Can you not buy two sparrows for a penny? And yet not one falls to the ground without your Father knowing. Why, every hair on your head has been counted. So there is no need to be afraid; you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows.' -- Matthew 10:29-31

Many years ago, a certain summer monsoon kicked up over the Arizona desert.

Towering and ominous looking anvil stormheads were gathering in strength and rapidly sweeping over the mountains to the north. The lead breezes picked up rapidly in earnest. Within minutes, a giant cloud of desert sand and grit rose high into the air, a billowing mass of filth which was growling with a ferocious display of lightning and crashing thunder...

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