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  1. JoelG says:

    “I find myself in the midst of trial and difficulties looking around at others who seem to have ease and asking Jesus “what about them?””

    I hope you are getting the love and support you need in the midst of a difficult time.

    Thank you for this and all you do here on this blog. It has made a great impact on my life and faith.

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you, JoelG.
    We’re getting by and if we’re helping people along the way, it’s worth it.

  3. Jean says:


    I would like to think that Christ equips each of us with the grace, faith and talents that we need to follow His individual call. Peter was equipped to preach in the power of the Spirit and heal the lame. John was equipped to write a magnificent Gospel.

    You might be surprised at Peter’s reaction when the call was issued by the risen Christ.

    Thanks for another splendid word.

  4. Duane Arnold says:


    Well said… You know, I have always sort of hoped that the Quo Vadis legend is true. It would tie the biblical account up with a bow…

  5. Michael says:

    Jean, thank you.

    Duane, I think the legend is true to the degree that it is true for all of us…without the living Word we all lose heart on the pilgrimage home…

  6. dusty says:

    Amen to joelg! Thanks for all you do here for us big brother. Another great post!

  7. filbertz says:

    when Jesus declared, ‘in this world you will have tribulations’ he didn’t mean perhaps, maybe, or if you are bad/disobedient…he told his followers it was a fact. It may be the least believed statement of our Lord. We structure our lives around a rosy, optimistic, safe, and easy vision of what life should be, and our churches too often reinforce that ideal. We end up woefully unprepared for the inevitable roof collapse. Thanks for the reminder that the ideal to focus on is the follow up…’for I have overcome the world.’

  8. em... again says:

    i love the old spiritual that says, “Jesus walked this lonesome valley, He had to walk it for Himself – Nobody else could walk it for Him – He had to walk it for Himself… You must walk this lonesome valley, you have to walk it for yourself – nobody else can walk it for you…..”
    it may be folklore (don’t think so, tho), but the picture of those toiling slaves singing about the God that they’d come to know and understand should inspire us all
    or so it seems to me today … i love a simple Faith, God can i have more of it, please; it doesn’t come naturally to me…

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