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    The Umbrella

       Matthew 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. An umbrella or parasol is a canopy designed to protect against rain or sunlight. A parasol is designed to protect from the sun. An umbrella is more suited to protect from rain. Often the difference is the material; some parasols are not waterproof. That last sentence makes all the difference in whether you’ll come out of your downpour unscathed or not.  To state the obvious, an umbrella is superior to a parasol, facing sun and rain.   What does that have to do with this verse? Everything, because the word endureth comes from the Greek hypomeno.  The first definition is to…

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    The Unsigned Painting

           I love to paint. It’s not necessarily the final product that is the most enjoyable, it’s the process. The act of putting paint on canvas, and the improving of technique.  The same is true in life, it’s the act of living that brings enjoyment. My point is this, yes your life is a production, but every breath is a part of the final product.  If that’s the case, you are not finished. There is room for correcting mistakes, learning a new skill, and yes, changing one’s life. It’s the unsigned painting that brings the artist the most joy, the most improvement, and the greatest opportunity.   The final…

  • Serials,  The Sea Horse

    The Sea Horse: Why Yellow And Blue

      “Why yellow and blue?”  Elizabeth asked Aaron, it seemed to take him by surprise.  “Why?  I thought it was pretty obvious.  Blue is the color of the sea, yellow is the color that represents light. Oceania’s hero needs to send the message that there is strength and hope in our city.” “Why a sea horse?  Why not a whale, or a dolphin, or something.”  Henry walked in with the cast matierial to wrap Aaron’s broken leg.  He answered for him.  “That’s the easiest of all, it was his Mother’s code name as Ambassador.  Nicolai gave her that because of her home town and her first ambassadorship to Ireland.  It was…

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    Beauty In The Struggle

       No one likes to struggle, whether its financial, physical, or mental, it’s not something we plan to do. The danger though is, if we’re not careful, we can miss the beauty in the struggle.  The greatest lessons I’ve ever been taught, the  strongest examples in my life, were from people in the midst of a battle. The pain was not pretty, the hurt, the tears, none of that held any joy, please don’t misunderstand.  The anguish isn’t what is so glorious, but the endurance and the victory are.  In articles like this, our minds gravitate towards life altering battles we’ve witnessed, and those are so powerful. However, this morning,…

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    The Act Of Learning

       Last week we talked about the power of study, today I’d like to talk about the act of learning. One enhances the other. Today though, I want to look at the pursuit of new knowledge itself.   As adults, it’s easy to spend time with only those things that give us enjoyment we’re familiar with.  That’s perfectly fine within limits, however we don’t have to limit ourselves to what we already know.  Previously, if you wanted to learn a new skill, you would have to take a class, or read a book, both of which are still valuable.  The problem is, people lead busy lives, and they may not have…

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    Stand Still

      Stand still … each time a command. Both occurrences would stop chariots, involve two different nations, and in each instance there would be an Exodus.  The first time God used Moses to part the waters of the Red Sea. The final time, they walked into the water, because another sea had been parted. The last time the phrase was used, and the only time in the New Testament, was in Acts.  The Ethiopian Eunuch had stopped to hear Phillip’s message about Jesus, and was ready to be baptized. When arriving at the water, he commanded the chariot to stand still so he could be baptized. Calvary became a very different…

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    The Sea Horse: The Elite

       The Elite, as they had been dubbed, stood looking at the rubble of Armor’s latest exploit.  It was Wes Kane’s first skyscraper, Kane Towers.  “You still think we’ve got a handle on this city cousin?” “Drop the tone in your voice cousin, I’m not one of your scared employees.  I’m family, and I taught you better than that.  Family works together when no one else can. I have a plan.  Agent Rook let me down, but this Carbuncle is promising. Let’s go.”  With that Martha Hilbrite and Wes Kane got in the limo and left.  Martin Potts, the power broker didn’t leave, it was his job next.  He had…