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Misty Mountains

Posted in Short Stories on August 20, 2016 by Stephen Hare

Misty mountains, subtle hues…

beautious, verdant green.

Pictures and words fall short; attempting – while failing to capture, relate,

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or convey.

Deficient depictions;

Images…only imitations of the present essence.

The glory of the visible creation points to the hidden

yet surpassing glory of the Creator;

whispering to the blind, shouting to those who see.

Desert Place

Posted in Short Stories on February 16, 2015 by Stephen Hare

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Oh Lord, when will You come?

When will you answer me?

And when You come,

what will You find in my heart?

For this heart has been to me – an enemy…

Oh Lord, unite my heart to fear Your name!

Create in me a clean heart O God

And renew a steadfast spirit within;

for Your glory and Your honor

for Your glory O Lord 

O Lord, how did I come

To this desert place?

How did my eyes not see

The path that brought me here?

How I long now for your word; Your Spirit’s voice to me

Only speak and these dry bones will live again!

Create in me a clean heart O God

And renew a steadfast spirit within

For Your glory and Your honor

For Your glory O Lord

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The Upward Call

Posted in Short Stories on February 7, 2015 by Stephen Hare

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When my heart is done with sin

with purer eyes then to see

unwitting fool that I have been

not to recognize in me

the stamp of God upon my soul

by the Spirit, God’s holy seal

mystery of the ages, Christ in me revealed!

Now waiting not for greater grace,

as though He should twice die for me

same grace of old, I now lay hold,

the grace of Calvary

Oh to know Him in His risen power!

to be His friend in suffering…

conformed to Him in the likeness of death

His life for all to bring

Now my delight, the perfect law of God

answer to my thirsting soul

the Shepherds thoughts – now my own

after another I will not go

Obeying now the upward call

grain of wheat to soils embrace,

living to die, we die to live –

that we might see the Saviors…

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“SEEING BEYOND TOMORROW’S GLOOM” – Feb 22

Posted in Short Stories on February 25, 2014 by Stephen Hare

So very well expressed, JD! Blessings to you brother…This is the very real stuff that we live and breathe every day. So good to remember that in spite of our many troubles in this life, that not one sparrow falls to the ground apart from our Father’s will, and the very hairs on our head are numbered. As we daily remember and acknowledge the One who holds our future, eternity is not far from our grasp.

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“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation.  But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

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The future looms before every person.  The length and breadth of these tomorrows are generally assumed greater than their actual duration and are often casually dismissed.  However, every breath taken is an act of exploration into a realm never before experienced.  The mystery of tomorrow forces us all into the uncertain adventure of living life.

In my optimism of youth, I relished this adventure.  The future was a land of opportunity and freedom.  Without responsibilities and obligations, I raced around the blind corners of tomorrow, crashed through decisions without apprehension, confident that the future was a gift that waited to be opened.

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Romans 8:29-30

Posted in Short Stories on January 6, 2014 by Stephen Hare
Since God created every person, only He knows the maximum potential for each life. He knows what will lead to joy and fulfillment. He recognizes our shortcomings. He understands how our weaknesses can drive us to Him. By His grace and power, He can work even through our frailties. God has given us strengths, which, if submitted to the Holy Spirit’s guidance, become powerful instruments in His hands. Each of us has a unique pilgrimage with special insights and sensitivities that God can use in significant ways for His kingdom. No success or failure in our lives is wasted with God. He does not squander any of our disappointments. He fashions the unique life to which He calls us, and then He is glorified when we live for Him. No life is ordinary when it is in the hands of our extraordinary God. The apostle Paul gloriously identified God’s eternal design for every person: Those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn of many brothers. And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, he also justified; and those he justified; He also glorified. (Romans 8:29-30) (“Experiencing God” pg 284)

Grace to Abstain

Posted in Short Stories on July 30, 2013 by Stephen Hare

This is a very good handling of this topic, which I think does great justice to an accurate, biblical interpretation of the grace of God. Seems to be greatly lacking in the church of today. Praising the Lord for this post.

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In 1 Peter 2:11-12 Peter encourages believers, “to  abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul” (v. 11). Sometimes the commands New Testament authors give are easy to agree with, but difficult to follow. How do we successfully resist the strongly felt temptations that come our way?

 

It is important to note that feeling a fleshly passion is not sinful. It is sinful if you entertain the passion and give into it. But feeling the passion for fleshly fulfillment only signifies that you are in a battle. As long as you fight against it you are on the right side of the battle.  But Peter’s advice is not to suppress the desire. neither does he tell us to fight against it. His instruction is simple: abstain.

 

Paul teaches us that we have been set free from sin and have become slaves of righteousness…

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“CRAFTING FORGIVENESS” – July 4

Posted in Short Stories on July 7, 2013 by Stephen Hare

So very insightful. Thankful for this post and hope that all my readers will appreciate the wisdom of this as much as I.

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“For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him.”  2 Corinthians 2:6-8

Motivation can be as difficult to discover as any buried treasure.  It lays buried deep within, tainting all of the actions flowing through it.  This filtering effect of motivation can sour all the right activity or it can sweeten the most misguided.

Therefore, an action’s quality is dependent upon the actor’s inspiration.

The treasure of our inspiration should be a hunt that never ends.  It should be a quest that commences every time I am moved into action or inaction.  This becomes even more important when reconciliation becomes necessary.

I wish it were possible for us not to hurt each other.  I wish that we all could live in a big…

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