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WHEN JESUS PRAYED FOR US

By LESLIE STRADER English evangelical J.C. Ryle, the first Anglican bishop of Liverpool, called chapter 17 in the book of John “the most wonderful prayer that was ever prayed on earth.” Some say this should be the “love” chapter rather than 1 Corinthians 13 because Christ’s prayer is a great expression of His love for us.  While he was very

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RISING FROM ASH WEDNESDAY: THE BAD NEWS THAT PREPARES US FOR THE GOOD NEWS

By LESLIE STRADER Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor was once asked to describe the greatest paradigm shift she encountered during her rise to the Supreme Court. She responded by saying, “The existence of evil. I didn’t want to believe anybody could be purely evil, but I know now they can. Evil exists.” British journalist Malcolm Muggeridge once said, “The depravity

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SCROOGE IS THE GOSPEL

By LESLIE STRADER Every year about this time, I wrap up my annual read of one of my favorite books – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Published in 1843 and set in Victorian England, Dickens’ Christmas ghost story is credited with reviving the celebratory sprit of Christmas that we know today. Since then, time and technology have given us

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RAHAB: FEAR THAT BRINGS FAITH

By LESLIE STRADER The book of Joshua begins with a somber reminder that Israel’s beloved leader, Moses, was dead. But hopefully so was the rebellious, faithless way of living displayed by previous generations of the children of Israel. Because of their unbelief (Num. 14:2-4), they had wandered 40 years in the wilderness, waiting for the fulfillment of God’s judgment against

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WOMEN OF SPIRITUAL INFLUENCE

By LORETTA FULTON During March, which is Women’s History Month, Spirit of Abilene will feature posts from contributors about women of spiritual influence in the Bible, in their personal lives, and from history. Below is a story I wrote for the Abilene Reporter-News for Women’s History Month in 2016. It is about a woman who was a giant in the

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MORE THAN A METAPHOR: REFLECTIONS FROM WADI RUM

By LESLIE STRADER Sand and stars. Those are the two images – or metaphors – the Lord gave to Abraham when He plucked him out of obscurity and made a covenant with him 4,000 years ago. The first mention is in Genesis 15:5: “And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able

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OH MY WORDS!

By LESLIE STRADER From Marie Curie to Julia Childs, Rosa Parks to Princess Di, women have made their mark on the world with intelligence, creativity, generosity and grace. Whether it’s winning a Nobel prize, standing against injustice, or making gourmet grilled cheese, there is much food for thought in the lives of inspiring women – and none greater than the

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