Author Archives: Plaidshirtprophet

Say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave?

Have you ever wondered why we end our national anthem with a rhetorical question? I have. And I’d like to answer it. Continue reading

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Love is effective.

Love. Should it really be the reason for everything you do? Love God, love one another… Jesus says the entire Law of God hangs on these two things. This must be an important idea because it’s echoed by John (the … Continue reading

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After reading Romans 6:1-23

I’ll take You at Your word I see the worlds You have built- out of nothing- and Your wonders are speaking still All glory and honor to You. Lord don’t let my prayers be hindered by the sins that I … Continue reading

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Friend, are you weary and withered? Like a branch broken by the wind, tossed aside?- Whose leaves will never bud again no matter how they try? Who picks up branches and kindly reattaches what the wind has blown away? Ridiculous … Continue reading

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In Ink

Wisdom is 5 am clarity when the world is unspoiled potential. It comes about by self-control- by intention and not by accident. Wisdom asks the right questions: “What can be done?” “What should be done?” Not, “What do I want … Continue reading

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Is there any hope?

“Is there any hope?” My grandfather used to ask this question all the time. Sometimes it was his greeting. When we’d go for coffee, Grandpa would come in, sit down, look at his huge hands as if for the first … Continue reading

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The beginning of a prayer

There’s a lot of talk about God in our culture these days. Have you noticed it? There’s talk about how God does or does not exist. About how He is or is not just. About whether or not He really has … Continue reading

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5in5, Day 1

Yesterday began the songwriting challenge called “5in5”. The challenge? Write a song each day, start to finish, for 5 days. It’s grueling, heartbreaking, embarrassing, moving and encouraging. Writing a song and sharing it with others bares one’s soul to the … Continue reading

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The Greatest Gift We Can Give

1 Corinthians 15:1-8 – Now brothers, I want to clarify for you the gospel I proclaimed to you; you received it and have taken your stand on it. 2 You are also (being) saved by it, if you hold to … Continue reading

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Words about words

Praise the Lord, sing to the Lord a new song, His praise in the assembly of the saints. – Psalm 149:1 Sometimes words get stale. Words have connotations; they carry “baggage”. New terms enter the cultural scene with poignancy and … Continue reading

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