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“CRYSTAL VISION”

“Yukon Gold”

Stand and consider the wonders of God.
Out of the north comes golden splendor;
Around God is awesome majesty.

--Job 37:14, 22

Fifteen years ago, I began practicing a subsistence lifestyle in Alaska's remote upper Yukon River valley as a means by which to search out and identify those things that truly mattered in life and those that did not. I streamlined and simplified my existence dramatically in order to experience the truths that would result from living a...

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"LIVING WATER"

“Mid-summer Daydream”

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul.

--Psalm 23:1-3

Noted theologian Oswald Chambers once wrote, “A river reaches places that its source never knows of.” I like that statement–and also the spiritual analogy that it implies. What kind of “river” are you? Are people around you refreshed simply by your example even if no words are spoken? Or...

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"DESIRE"

“Tie-dyed Sunset”

The Mighty One, God, the Lord, has spoken,
and summoned the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
The perfection of beauty, God has shown forth.
The heavens declare His righteousness.

--Psalm 50:1, 2, 6

We’ve all heard the familiar expression, “It’s the thought that counts.” Well, never do these words hold more truth than when it comes to one’s own spiritual condition. The roots of spiritual growth and spiritual decay can always...

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"LIFE'S 3-D CHALLENGE"

“Hetrunöhtänn” (“Teaching Place”)

Oh Lord, how many are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them all;
The earth is full of Your possessions.

--Job 37:14, 22

Not too long ago, a gentleman asked me to share my opinion regarding what it was that I perceived to be the greatest challenge facing today’s Christians. Initially, that seemed to be an overly broad topic to address, as the present-day social climate certainly yields much to choose from in the way of...

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“GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT”

“The Calm Before The Storm”

The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;
The God of glory thunders,
The Lord is over many waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful,
The voice of the Lord is majestic.

--Psalm 29:3-4

According to the Bible, all men enter this world with a “guilty” verdict: “There is none righteous, not even one… there is none who seeks for God” (Romans 3:10-11), and “He who does not believe has been judged already, because he...

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