Author Ava Pennington
Author Ava Pennington
The Parable of the Donuts

The Parable of the Donuts

The Parable of the Donuts   Today’s blog post is a bit different from most of my posts. This parable has been around for a while, although the author is unknown. I cry every time I read it. It’s a little longer than usual, but I pray this will touch your heart...

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Changing the Way We View Substitution

Changing the Way We View Substitution

Changing the Way We View Substitution   With Easter fast approaching, I’ve been thinking a lot about substitution. And I suddenly realized that, for all my years of teaching, I’ve missed it. Maybe you have, too. All too often, we’ve allowed the world’s way of...

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Time Constraints . . . Or Not

Time Constraints . . . Or Not

Time Constraints . . . Or Not   It has been almost two weeks and I’m finally adjusting to the time change after re-setting our clock forward for Daylight Savings Time. My dog, on the other hand, is still confused as to when she should be fed. Based on past...

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The Impact of Story

The Impact of Story

The Impact of Story   I love a good story, don’t you? Skilled storytellers have beguiled audiences with mesmerizing tales since the dawn of time. I have vivid memories of waiting breathlessly for stories to unfold, beginning with the words, “Once upon a time . . .”...

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Isolation or Insulation?

Isolation or Insulation?

Isolation or Insulation?   Isolate yourself from our worldly culture. Insulate yourself from worldly influences.   Which is it? Are we to isolate or insulate? As our nation continues to distance itself from its Judeo-Christian roots, Christians find...

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Ask and You Will Receive . . . Wisdom!

Ask and You Will Receive . . . Wisdom!

Ask and You Will Receive . . . Wisdom!   Wisdom seems to be in short supply these days, whether among political and corporate leaders or among the average people you meet on the street. People say and do things that often make us scratch our heads. He did what?...

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Five Steps to Prevent Spiritual Cannibalism

Five Steps to Prevent Spiritual Cannibalism

Five Steps to Prevent Spiritual Cannibalism   I enjoy watching nature documentaries. Videos of tender, newborn fawns wobbling on shaky legs for the first time. Penguins holding their young close to keep them warm. Kangaroos protecting their joeys in the safety of...

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The Trouble with Refrigerator Magnet Theology

The Trouble with Refrigerator Magnet Theology

The Trouble with Refrigerator Magnet Theology   How many magnets grace the front of your refrigerator? One? Five? Twelve? Refrigerator magnets can be silly, serious, or snarky. They can be cute, corny, or sometimes even classy. Refrigerator magnets have also...

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Commanded to Love Differently

Commanded to Love Differently

Commanded to Love Differently   Shouldn’t loving others be something we do because we want to? After all, if we have to be told to do it, is it really love? But Jesus did not tell His followers to love when they felt like it. He said, “A new command I give you:...

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God Doesn’t Just Love

God Doesn’t Just Love

God Doesn't Just Love   It’s February—the month of hearts and flowers…and love. Brace yourself for articles, blog posts, and memes about love. Pictures of hearts, definitions of ancient Greek words translated to our English word love, and the ever-growing list of...

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The Parable of the Donuts

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