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Name: Jeff Raymond
Date registered: July 31, 2013

Latest posts

  1. How Ms. Hughes Rescued Rodney — November 11, 2013
  2. Michael Cusick & Transformative Grace — November 2, 2013
  3. Tree Limbs & Stormy Assignments — October 30, 2013
  4. The Wall: A Hopeless Situation? — October 13, 2013
  5. When David’s Dream Went AWOL — October 9, 2013

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Nov 11

How Ms. Hughes Rescued Rodney


When Rodney was in second grade, his family moved to a small town in northeast Arkansas.  It was right before Christmas, and his family was not well off.  They were drifters, and just the year before, had spent a significant amount of time without power in their home. Their clothing was not the best, his parents drank …

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Nov 02

Michael Cusick & Transformative Grace

Before I was married to Julie, I was fortunate to meet weekly with a man who helped me work through broken places in my heart. Michael Cusick made a profound impact on my life as we explored how grace could work in the deepest places of my shame. I am indebted to him for that …

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Oct 30

Tree Limbs & Stormy Assignments


The winds howled and rain fell, and our young children huddled with us on our bedroom floor when they should have been deep in sleep. Frightened by bright lightning flashes and deafening thunder, we sought to assure our kids they would be okay. Yet as our bedroom bay window was pelted in a way I hadn’t …

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Oct 13

The Wall: A Hopeless Situation?

The Old Testament often comforts me in the strangest of ways.  In and out of so many stories, I see God at work in the chaos, misfortune, and less that ideal circumstances of His people. Our modern world begs us, through technology, advancement and endless comforts, to circumvent the hopelessness life can bring.  Such modernities …

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Oct 09

When David’s Dream Went AWOL


Growing up in a military family, the life of a soldier was David’s dream. His grandparents had served in WWII. His father was career Air Force, and his younger siblings would join the Air Force as well. But David’s aspirations awaited him in the Army. Upon enlisting, David made his way to Airborne school in …

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Sep 29

What Kary’s Name Did for Him

This week, I started following Kary Oberbrunner on Twitter and love how this guy is a deep well. Kary’s website share gives a glimpse into his story, with his bio stating that “As a young man, he suffered from severe stuttering, depression, and self-injury.” Reading that made me curious to know more.  As I venture out with …

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Sep 25

Back Patio Breakfasts


Last weekend, as our long hot Texas summer finally broke, our family celebrated.  Layered in fleece and sweatshirts, we enjoyed a ritual breakfast served from our Coleman camping stove on the back patio. Feasting on breakfast sausage and eggs, we drank in the cool air and a change of seasons.  For our family of six, these back patio breakfasts …

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Sep 18

Crazy Amounts of Grace


When John introduced his friend in the book he wrote, he held nothing back.  No one could match such credentials, for Jesus had always existed, had created all things, and Jesus was the source of all life.  Up against this greatness, there were no rivals. Yet in our imperfect and dark world, most weren’t interested …

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Sep 06

Hope When Things Get Ugly


When God offers hope, it often shines most beautifully in the ugliest places of our story. Our sin, struggles, failures and hardships are raw material in which God does wondrous good. God doesn’t do this by denying one thing that’s wrong about us.  He doesn’t brush things under the rug.  He sees it all, just …

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Sep 03

In My Face


Man, I need more of this today.  I feel like I’m about to fall flat on my face.  I’ve been there many times before, and an ugly little voice is haunting me with lies that I am in fact what I fear most. A failure. So it’s inevitable.  Right? I scramble and reach for something …

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