Author Ava Pennington
Author Ava Pennington
Paper Cuts, BAND-AIDS, & People

Paper Cuts, BAND-AIDS, & People

Paper Cuts, Band-aids, & People   It was just a paper cut. And boy, did it hurt. Not a huge problem, though. Compared to other injuries I’ve suffered over the years, on a scale of one to ten, this didn’t even make it onto the scale. I covered the cut with...

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Dry Clouds

Dry Clouds

  Dry Clouds Thunder rumbled in the distance. Dark clouds floated along the horizon, inching toward me. Someone was getting rain. An hour later, the sky cleared. Someone did receive rain, but it wasn’t me. After a prolonged dry season, sunny south Florida needs...

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My Name is Barabbas . . .

My Name is Barabbas . . .

My Name is Barabbas   He was a rebel and a murderer. Condemned to die without any chance of appeal. He was guilty and he knew it. Then when it appeared all hope was gone, reprieve arrived in the form of another chosen to die in his place (Luke 23). I have been a...

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National I Am in Control Day

National I Am in Control Day

National I Am in Control Day   Church tradition commemorates the Thursday before Easter as “Maundy Thursday”—the day of Jesus’ last supper with His disciples. It was the evening before His crucifixion, when He spent time in the Garden of Gethsemane with His...

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Are You and I an Odious Odor or Fragrant Aroma?

Are You and I an Odious Odor or Fragrant Aroma?

Odor or Aroma?   My backyard finally smells good again. For the past two months, an odd odor has emanated from three trees and lingered all around the outside of my house. Others across south Florida have described the smell as a musky combination of sweet...

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Meet the Tate Family

Meet the Tate Family

Meet the Tate Family Been thinking about organizations that depend on volunteers. Whether it’s your church, Bible study, non-profit agency, or even your workplace, you may have met one or more members of the Tate family. They can be found in almost every organization…...

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Beyond the Calling

Beyond the Calling

Beyond the Calling   There’s a lot of talk in Christian circles about being “called,” and rightly so. The Bible tells us: We’re called to a holy calling (2 Timothy 1:9) Many are called, but few are chosen (Matthew 22:14) God works all things together for God for...

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Identifying Unnecessary Burdens

Identifying Unnecessary Burdens

Unnecessary Burdens   Have you noticed how some things are becoming smaller and lighter these days? The first computer took up an entire building. Now you can hold a mini iPad in the palm of your hand. The first mobile phone looked and felt like a brick with an...

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The Rise and Fall of Nations

The Rise and Fall of Nations

The Rise and Fall of Nations   It’s been happening for millennia. Countries grow into empires with increasing power reaching far beyond their original borders. But sooner or later each is replaced with another empire, bigger, stronger, and fiercer in their...

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Misconceptions About Love

Misconceptions About Love

Misconceptions About Love   We want love. We need love. More than one thousand song titles contain the word love. Books have been written about it. Poems recited. We chase it and sing about it and fall for imitations. And no matter what we do, we can’t get...

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