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  • January 7, 2022

    "Behold, I will do a new thing.” Isaiah stood on a hill overlooking the once great city of Jerusalem. His shoulders were bent with age, his long beard a tangle of gray. It had been years since he first spoke the prophecy of Israel's downfall and of the Messiah. The promised Rescuer had not yet [...]

  • October 6, 2021

    She was tormented by demons. Mary, a woman of Magdalene or so she had once been called. Now she knew herself by a different name: possessed, enslaved, hopeless. She tried to fight the darkness. Countless times she ran from its grip, but the demons were always faster. "Weak," they cackled at her efforts. You're ours [...]

  • October 4, 2021

    Golden sunsets, late-night campfires, cozy flannel blankets, apple picking, pumpkin spice an excited thrill rushes through my veins when that first gust of autumn sweeps over the prairie, leaving gold and crimson in its wake. I always wonder if artists like me observe creation differently than most. Rather than simply marveling at a job well [...]

  • March 5, 2021

    One day, Jesus was walking away from the temple in Jerusalem. The disciples stopped him. They were admiring the magnificent Jewish temple Herod had built. Peter was looking at the huge foundation stones. John was admiring the massive walls. James was looking at the high roof. The huge white stones were glistening in the noonday [...]

  • November 14, 2020

    If she did not act, they would all perish. Esther's heart pounded in her chest, the whisper of her silk dress taunting her with its queenly beauty as she paced the palace halls, every step bringing her closer to the king's throne room. "You are uninvited," she thought. The threat tormented her, stealing her breath [...]

  • April 18, 2020

    "What will you do after you graduate?" If Ashlynn heard those words one more time She rubbed her forehead with tired fingertips. As the computer loaded yet another search for college options, Ashlynn groaned. If only she knew which way to choose. “Ash!” The back door slammed, and a set of blond pigtails peeked around [...]