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As a preacher of the Gospel, I am a speaker.  But I find myself becoming a listener as much as a speaker.  As a matter of fact, I find myself doing more and more listening, listening to the heartbreaking situations in which many people exist.  I use the word “exist” because “live” seems to be   Read More …

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An article written after Ron’s dad died: This week I am preaching in a small town in western Oklahoma. The young pastor is a good friend, his people are good listeners, and the church is beautiful. But the landscape which seems bleak and windblown is depressingly desolate to me and punctuates my loneliness. I don’t   Read More …

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“Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord.” Psalm 130:1 The Spanish philosopher, Miguel Unamuno, once said:  If we ever got honest enough to go out into the streets and uncover our common grief, we would discover that we are all grieving for the self-same thing.”  His words call to mind the   Read More …

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I’ve been ill since April — deep, persistent pains in the chest and extreme difficulty in breathing and a tenacious weariness. They thought at first it was my heart but after a zillion tests concluded that it was not. I ended up in the hospital three or four more times, leaving each time with conflicting   Read More …

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“Where can I go from Your Spirit. Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol,behold, You are there (Psalm 139:7,8).” During the months (coming up on five), I have been ill, about the only thing constructive, apart from praying, I’ve   Read More …

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