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Keep Going

by Tammy Phillips

“Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”

Galatians 1:10 (NLT)

A husband and wife told me that they were notorious for ruining family gatherings because they took turns falling out in the floor drunk. But once they had an encounter with Jesus, they slowly but surely stopped drinking. However, some family and friends, for years, expected this couple’s past behavior to continue. The couple had to continuously walk straight and at times, speak up for themselves. They were no longer the people they had been.

Paul would have understood their dilemma. He was a New Testament mass murderer, zealously pursuing Jesus’ disciples. But he met Jesus on the Damascus Road, experienced intense discipleship and moved on in the ministry God had prepared before he was born (vs. 15).   He was aware that his reputation was before him. But in verses 23-24, Paul stated, Continue reading

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Grandmommy’s Soap

by Tammy A. Phillips

Grandmommy always brought cheap soap; four bars in a bag for one dollar.   I had only used it to wash my hands. One day I took a bath using the soap in the bag. The pain from itching was quick and severe. Immediately, I rinsed off, got out of the tub and complained, loudly.

“Grandmommy, why do you buy cheap soap?   Mommy buys IVORY, and it never itches me.   This cheap soap hurts.” While drying dishes, never looking at me, she said, “There is nothing wrong with the soap. You started rubbing and disturbed the dirt.”

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Grandmommy’s soap reminds me of challenging commandments from the Word of God:

“…Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you… (God, I must do this for someone who lies to me?) Matthew 5:44 Continue reading

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