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Come with me to the land of Susa where lived an extravagant and generous king with his alluring queen who understood “the unforced rhythms of grace.” The king was to choose a new queen after deposing his former queen for refusing his wish. There was a process to get chosen as queen. It took a year to groom the women for the big event. There was graceful Esther who asked for nothing except what was advised by the chief of the living quarters. The king finds her appealing when they meet and she becomes his queen. Surely, all the women must have been beautiful. What extraordinary and appealing quality did Queen Esther possess over all others? Grace? Je ne sais quoi? In our fast-paced and competitive world, perhaps, we could use some of what she had. The Message translation of the words of Jesus in Matthew 11: 28-30 helped me…

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Mary Neal, MD and author, describes her experience of a place yonder and distant. She recalls leaving her body after a kayaking accident and being aware of heaven. A place beyond the pines, gleaming lights and no more nights. ZACK WILL BE ALRIGHT Zack Clements collapsed at gym class in his Christian high school. His heart stopped and for a full 20 minutes, doctors worked to revive him. He shares his experience of a place far off, a glimpse of heaven, seeing Jesus and a line of angels. Jesus touched him and said he’d be alright. He was 17 at the time. People did not believe him. FATHER ABRAHAM EXPLAINS In the Luke 16:19-31 account, the rich man recognized Lazarus. He felt thirst and torment. It was so intense he asked that Abraham have Lazarus return to warn his five brothers about an afterlife experience. Abraham’s reply is intriguing. He…

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How can one stand out and not be part of the masses every time? It cannot be much fun to be just another writer, farmer, lifeguard, doctor, engineer, teacher, chef, etcetera, if one has the ability to keep learning and raising the bar, right? In the Bible parable of talents, three men each get talents to nurture. Two of them grow and multiply their talents. The third man buries his talent and loses it to the man who gained ten talents. Makes one wonder, if perhaps, he could have asked for help and maybe learned how to develop his talent. LITTLE JOE STANDS OUT AND IS QUITE THE STAR Little Joe wanted a special kind of ice cream and goes to a café. He learns how much it costs and pauses to make a decision. The server is impatient as the shop is filling up with clients. Finally, he gets…

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