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I've been thinking about abundance...

There are plenty of plot twists in life and this verse addresses a particularly painful one—the presence of enemies! The Bible does not flinch about the possibility that we can make enemies who are grimly determined to threaten us—make our lives miserable—and even want to end us! But, wonder of wonders, even in this dark circumstance, our Good Shepherd is preparing an even brighter hope.

I've been thinking about apples...

During our last Phoenix Seminary spring break, Darryl and I enjoyed some time in Watsonville, California. Watsonville is a gardener's paradise. One of our favorite places is a plant nursery which we visit as often as we can. While there, we discovered a photo collage in the gift shop capturing the same scene in a local apple orchard over the course of all four seasons. At the top of the collage someone had added the term - appleology!

I've been thinking about attacks...

Laura Hillenbrand, the author of Seabiscuit, has written a new book entitled Unbroken in which she tells an astonishing tale of survival, resilience, and redemption. During World War II, Louis Zamperini joined the Army Air Corps as a bombardier. After his B-24 Liberator crashed into the ocean, he survived 47 days on a raft at sea before his dehumanizing capture and torture by the Japanese.