Author: sharon

Are There Guardian Angels?

One wintery night, I turned onto the ramp of an interstate. A gust whipped up new fallen snow and erased the road. My car slid as if in free fall toward the edge of the ramp. Miraculously, I felt my car lifted and put back on the ramp where the

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God’s Messengers

Images of angels and the beliefs they represent are passed from one generation to the next until they are baked into cultures. A popular image is of the archangel Michael standing over Satan, the archfiend who led the whole world astray. Michael’s booted foot is firmly planted on the devil’s

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A Soul with a View

A Soul with a View is about the way people see the world. In the Bible, soul is the inner being of a person that is also called spirit, mind, and heart (Deut 6:5; Matt 22:37). A person spends years defining and refining a view of the world. At best,

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From Fog to Clarity

Imagine walking down a path on a foggy day. You hear laughter and strain to see who is ahead of you. Two blurry figures emerge from the mist. Then you see two boys tossing a ball into the air for the other to catch. You smile. You know enough about

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Come Lord Jesus

Jesus Christ upended the spiritual beliefs and practices of his day when he offered humanity a relationship with God. Most common folk in the Greco-Roman culture depended on miracle workers with a library of formulaic prayers and rituals to protect them from spiritual evil. Jesus’ gift of salvation made them

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The Source Matters

Something was amiss in Abigail’s life, so she joined a six-week archeological dig in Israel to figure it out. One morning mid-way through her stay, she awoke and saw a six-foot man dressed in a full-length robe standing in the doorway. Stunned but unafraid, she looked at the man and

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Plumb Lines

When I was in high school, my dad asked a classmate to build a retainer wall around a flower bed in the front of our house. He later inspected the work and saw that the stacked bricks tilted 45 degrees off center. Clearly frustrated, he asked, “Did you use a plumb

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