Author Archives: lsimonds

Pandora’s Jar

“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 New Living … Continue reading

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Point of View

“This is like the days of Noah to me: as I swore that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you, and will not rebuke … Continue reading

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#grateful

“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29 There’s a Thanksgiving tradition I’ve … Continue reading

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Discriminating Tastes

“But he answered him not one word…” Matthew 27:14 The first thing rookie writers learn when they join a writers group that practices read and critique is to accept criticism without countering with a defense. “No defending!” bark critique veterans … Continue reading

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Time Enough

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts…” Ecclesiastes 3:11 Time fascinates me. I like to think about the physics of time, à la, A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking, … Continue reading

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The Power of Presence

I was sought by those who did not ask for Me;I was found by those who did not seek Me.I said, “Here I am, here I am,”To a nation that was not called by My name.Isaiah 65:1 I frequently listen … Continue reading

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What a Mess

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak … Continue reading

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The ACME Anvil

“Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who … Continue reading

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An Intercession

The essay below was originally published in September 2016. “For You formed my inward parts. You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. … Continue reading

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Christmas Feast

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8 Taste is our most intimate sense. We kiss to taste another whom we desire. Less intimately, we share the taste of food with people we like. Eating a good … Continue reading

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Horn of Plenty

Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the … Continue reading

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The Waves and Wind Still Know His Name

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. … Continue reading

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