Monthly Archives: October 2006

Give Thanks in All Circumstances

Tarrah’s most recent report from South Africa has been on my mind all day. I’m grateful that she and her husband Dave have chosen to give of their lives to serve the people of South Africa. I’m so grateful for … Continue reading

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From South Africa – 2006.10.30

Sorry this is late. The internet cables on the mountain where we get our internet service were stolen so we have not had internet for the last week. Here is an update on what is going on in South Africa: … Continue reading

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Hypocrites in the Church?

Have you ever been confronted by a friend with the accusation that churches are full of hypocrites? Perhaps you are engaged in a spiritual conversation with a person with whom you are hoping to develop a redemptive relationship. This might … Continue reading

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Let It Snow!

Quite a few readers of the Spiritual Oasis live in the northern United States and Canada. Many others live in the balmy southern states. Some will really have to use their imaginations to appreciate this post. Others have already seen … Continue reading

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God’s Glory Shining Through

To set the stage for these thoughts, please take just a moment to recall the scene which unfolds in Luke 2:1ff. Following the glorious events the shepherds were privileged to experience, they “returned, glorifying and praising God for all the … Continue reading

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Grace Notes

Most people know that grace is often defined as unmerited favor. Most readers of this blog also know what it is to experience the unmerited favor of God in the person of Christ, we have been given the gift of … Continue reading

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Worthy of Honor

There are a number of ministers who regularly visit the Spiritual Oasis. Well, I guess all of the Christ-followers who visit are ministers, aren’t they? But, there are many preaching ministers, youth ministers, pastors and missionaries who frequently stop by. … Continue reading

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Another God Sighting

We were saddened to see the moving van in our backyard neighbor’s driveway. We had never been close to her, but, since she had been widowed shortly after we moved into her neighborhood, we’ve tried to keep an eye on … Continue reading

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God Sightings

We are blessed to have Rachel stop by from time-to-time to make comments here at the Spiritual Oasis. My relationship with her is different from what I share with most of you, because she is a member of the church … Continue reading

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From South Africa – 2006.10.16

Our missionary friends, Dave and Tarrah Hildreth, have sent another update from South Africa. Here it is: — — — — — October 16, 2006: Our visitors from the US flew out on Thursday evening and the two weeks flew … Continue reading

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Let Us Know What You Think

Recently, my wife and I were enjoying table fellowship with one of our spiritual shepherds and his wife. While we were enjoying our dessert, we talked about a variety of things. One topic sort of stumped us. Perhaps this is … Continue reading

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Reading the Old Testament (2)

A couple of weeks ago I posted something about Reading the Old Testament. I listed what I believe to be five good reasons for reading the Old Testament. Several people voiced their agreement in their comments, as did many others … Continue reading

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Attitude Determines Altitude x

Step through the check out line at your local supermarket and you are brought face-to-face with the reality. When you place an order at the drive-thru at your favorite fast food restaurant, you know that those minding the bottom line … Continue reading

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On the Lighter Side (2)

A couple of weeks ago, my niece shared a list of simple home remedies with me. Since I’m taking a bit of a blogging break, I thought you might appreciate some of Amy’s insight on life. Here are most of … Continue reading

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On the Lighter Side – Some Good Ideas

The last couple of weeks, we’ve been looking at some heavy things here at the oasis. I’ve really enjoyed the conversation. But, I’d like to take a deep breath and do a little absorbing for a few days. Besides, tomorrow … Continue reading

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Finding a Path Forward

Niki observes, in the comments section of the previous post: “The question is how do we address the moral conditions and what good will that do?” This gets to the heart of why I sought to open this dialogue. How … Continue reading

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What the World Needs Now

Why did the Roman Empire Fall? For many years I believed the answer to this question was universally agreed upon. According to Edward Gibbon, a man who is known in some circles as the first modern historian, the empire was … Continue reading

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Who Are You Becoming?

In “A Confession” the famed Russian author/philosopher Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828–1910) once observed that “a man could live for ten or twenty years without once remembering that he is living among Christians and is himself reckoned a member of … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Walking in Wisdom

The core issue in the letter of Colossians—that you may know Christ… I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, … Continue reading

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Paradise Lost, Again

As I sit here at the end of the day in the peaceful environs of one my favorite places, my heart is heavy. It is inconsistent with my surroundings and almost defies description. My backyard hideaway is awash with the … Continue reading

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