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“For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.” (Ephesians 5:28-29) A few years ago my sister-in-law and I put on a skit at a ladies retreat. I was the “face” and she was my arms. She was hidden under a sheet and could only feel her way around the table.  I could see everything that was going on, but the only control I had was to use my voice to “steer” her in the right…

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 KJV) Years ago I got a frantic call from my little sister. She was making cookies and something went wrong. She explained that she had followed the recipe, but the dough was “soupy.” So I advised her to add more flour. She said she did and it didn’t change the consistency. I told her to add more, the same outcome… still soupy. I started asking more questions about the ingredients. We finally came…

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1 Peter 5:8, KJV) My four-year-old thinks I am quite talented. He was in awe when I knew he had been eating a cookie he hid under the chair. “How did you know Mom?”, he asks in utter amazement. My daily work is with children and it is almost comical when they get caught doing something because they lack the learned art of hiding. Sadly, as we grow, we do learn that art and as humans we are often tempted…