Author: clsmithsword

Passover, Remember and be Blessed

Passover 2016 begins on April 22. A remembering break is just as necessary for national and spiritual health as a break from work is for mental and physical health. Of the seven holidays included in the Israelite covenant law, three were not optional. They marked events in Israelite salvation history that God did not want his people to forget. […]

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Easter Revelation

Easter in Revelation? Why not? It was written by John, the beloved disciple, who was among the first to see the empty tomb. Many years after the resurrection, while John was an old man in chains for his faith, Jesus visited him as the glorified, risen Lord. The story is told in Revelation chapter one.  John was […]

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Color Me Green

  This month we celebrate St Patrick’s Day with the wearing of green. I like that. Not only do I have Irish blood running in my veins, but I have always loved the color green: Forest green evoking memories of summer camp and high country hiking. Christmas green evoking memories of family gathering and giving […]

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Conflict

Yesterday I mused on love. Today I turn to conflict. That is after all what makes a story.  Genesis informs us that the descendants of Terah, father of Abraham, became six nations: the Israelites, Moabites, Ammonites, Ishmaelites, Edomites, and Midianites—and they have never gotten along well from ancient times to to present. The plot of […]

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My Inspiration, My Valentine

In Balaam’s Curse, you will meet Othniel—the first of the war heroes in the book of Judges. This young hero-in-the-making, strong and brave, but painfully shy at times was the inspiration for The Stones of Gilgal novels. I had read his story before, but one day, this obscure warrior—quiet (he is spoken to, but never speaks), courageous, and strong of […]

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Red is the Color of Love

 Red is February’s color. Heart-shaped boxes of chocolates. Red hearts on the Valentine cards we share with lovers and friends. Red hearts imprinted on a vast array of merchandise in hopes that it will inspire a purchase for a loved one. Red is the color of love. The color of love, is also the color of […]

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