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Father, Forgive Them

Luke reports these words, spoken by Jesus as He hung on the cross:  “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”  (Luke 23:34 ESV) From the time I was little, the Church taught me that these words of Jesus were a request to the Father on behalf of the men who were crucifying […]

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A Prayer of Thanks for the Horse

Lord, You move my heart in the most tender and unlikely of ways. Help me to be like my horse.  I stand here with her in the warm sun of a February afternoon, grooming her coat.  The sun heats her shoulder and her flank, as the brush caresses.  For her, in this moment, there is […]

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5 Good Reasons to Go One-on-One

One of the core spiritual services we offer through Redeemed Seasons Ministries is one-on-one care, either in the form of spiritual direction* or in form of general, individualized soul care. Why would someone seek out one-on-one spiritual direction or soul care as part of their Christian walk?   For many of us, the idea of […]

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Fighting over Nothing

Do you ever wonder what it must be like for a new Christian to process the doctrinal battles that are fought within the Church? Considered what a new believer faces, as he or she tries to discern the truth of who Jesus is and how one walks out a life with Him, all in the […]

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Fighting for What We Believe

“We have to fight for what we believe.” We see and hear a lot of this mantra these days. I did a quick Google search and found some 1.1 million hits on just the quote “fight for what you/we believe”. That’s a lot of online discussion! And the underlying content for this discussion runs the […]

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Doctor Strange and Reality

Sometimes, we find new clarity in the oddest places.   A few nights ago, I went to see the new movie, Doctor Strange, and I found that this comic book story presented an important truth. . .a truth I drew from unexpected parallels between the fictional journey of Dr. Stephen Strange and my journey as […]

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Our Response to Sin

The Bible says we are called to love like Jesus loves. Jesus was very clear in this:  “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another:  just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you […]

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The Deepest Desire of the Heart

“Four hundred and fifty years ago, St. Ignatius predicted that every soul that embarks on an honest journey and is open to the Spirit will find itself with this great desire to turn over one’s entire life to God. . .Ignatius was convinced that if the soul were truly in touch with its deepest desires, […]

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Peace

Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  Not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”  John 14:27 What is this peace? The Peace of Jesus is this:  it is the known certainty that, regardless of current […]

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Thoughts on Orlando

50 dead.  53 wounded. What do we do about it?  Sadly, nothing. As I have thought about and prayed about the mass murder event that occurred two nights ago, the thing that is most striking to me is the way we collectively just shrug our shoulders and go on with our lives. Sure, the people […]

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