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Biblical Interpretation

My bible teacher, Dennis, recently gave me a book written by a man serving two life sentences without parole. A number of years ago he was convicted of murder and has now written down his story of past, present and future. Dennis says he has truly been converted to Christ and is a model prisoner. Since he knows he will never be released, he wrote this book in order to serve Christ in some capacity.

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The Train is Coming!

     Sometimes I go out for a run during my lunch break at work.  I usually take the same route and run through a residential area, then down into town and back to the office.

      The other day I set out to run my normal route and it was hot!  Two boys came by on bicycles and muttered, “Too hot to run today” as they whizzed past me.  I think they were right, but this day was nothing compared to many other days I’d run through.  In fact, just two days before it was probably 10 degrees hotter with way more humidity and that day I’d had nothing to drink.  I had felt my chest tightening as I ran uphills and when I returned to work I told everyone I thought I was going to die because of the heat and humidity.  That day I felt pretty bad and so I knew this day had nothing on that one.

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Yesterday morning I was reading Hebrews chapters 3-6 and I want to share some of my meditations.  I hope you’ll give me some feedback on these thoughts…

     In chapter 3 it talks about avoiding hardening your heart and listening to God “Today” if you hear God’s voice.  Verse 13 instructs believers  to “…exhort one another DAILY while it is called “today” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”  Something to be seriously considered in the day in which we live where many seem to think Sunday morning at church is the only place  and time for talk of the bible, the Lord, and conversations provoking one another toward right living; rebuking wrong living – and this, too, severely limited even on Sunday morning and among other believers due to the non-offensive undertones that permeate and seek to devour our faith and our culture.

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      I encountered a woman the other day at work who, I believe, was genuinely ignorant about not only her child’s dental health but also her own well being.  The young mother came in to our pediatric dental office wearing a obscene t-shirt, had only a few teeth left in her mouth and was obese.  Her little boy had been elsewhere to another dentist and every tooth in his mouth was capped with the exception of the four or five teeth that he’d lost or broken the caps off of.  He had plaque and debris all over his capped teeth, bleeding and clearly did not have a good hygiene routine at home if any at all.

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    I am a dental hygienist in a pediatric dental office. Even as adults, many people do not care to visit, so you might imagine the obstinance played out in a child who really doesn’t want to see me.

    The other day I was in prayer about a difficult situation in which I knew God was calling me to speak to someone I love dearly a difficult message. I kept praying and fasting and saying, ‘God, what are you callingme to say to this one? How may I say it so as not to hurt or offend but humbly share my concern and love? What do I say?’

 

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

The other day I was running on the streets downtown and there are American flags every few yards in honor of the holiday. As I ran a small breeze was blowing and as I passed each flag the tip of it would just barely clear the top of my head. I kept thinking one of the flags would flap in my face or catch me somehow but it never happened – they were just above me.

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    I’ve been feeling a bit discouraged lately for a number of reasons, but yesterday God encouraged me and taught me one more lesson about looking to him forall things.

    I think a lot. Maybe it’s partly because I have a lot of time to think and partly because God wired me with an analytical mind and has a purpose for it. Who knows why, but I spend a considerable amount of time reading, writing, studying and attempting to learn and grow in the knowledge of the Word. I try to teach others what I know to be true and help them understand why I believe it to be so. Some agree and some don’t, nevertheless I continue to do these things.

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