2020, A Year of Dashed Expectations ~ Except for One

Familiarity can be comforting. Life feels simpler and more manageable when we know what to expect. And in the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I like routines. My wife would be quick to affirm that there are things I like doing in a particular way, and in some cases, at  Continue reading

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“Seedless” ~ OK for Grapes, but not for the Gospel

It was a beautiful morning, and I was pleasantly munching on a handful of grapes as I sat at my desk working on what I hoped would be my next blog post. The sweet little purple tidbits were a healthy and tasty addition to my morning, but definitely not a focal point of my attention, at least not until a random thought occurred to me. I realized that  Continue reading

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Clearing Out the Smoke Screens

Thanksgiving 2020 has been hard for many of us, but in this COVID-19 year, God has revealed again and again that He can use even the most challenging circumstances and personal tragedies to open avenues of understanding. We see things in hard times that we may not have noticed in more sedate surroundings. That lesson was reinforced in our own neighborhood a couple of weeks ago as  Continue reading

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The “Heart” of Thanksgiving ~ Revisited

As we wrestle against so many challenges to the heartwarming things we usually begin to emphasize as we approach the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, we at Gallagher’s Pen thought it might be good to highlight one of God’s marvelous gifts that we’re so prone to take for granted. We addressed it in an an article posted a couple of years ago, so we’re giving it an encore today. We hope it stimulates some Continue reading

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Jesus Christ ~ A Deal Maker, or a Deal Breaker?

Sometimes God presents basic truths about life in simple, straightforward statements like many of those we find in Proverbs. Other times, though, God isn’t so straightforward. Sometimes, He simply tells a story and leaves it up to us to distill the underlying principles or concepts. The genius of that method is that we not only get to see the truth God wants us to absorb, but we also  Continue reading

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Finding a Path to Victory

As another empty screen looks back at me with its blank, intimidating stare, I feel mentally and emotionally exhausted and spiritually burdened. Like many others, I had hoped that once we got past this election, we might actually envision deliverance from this endless mountain range of uncertainties, but that was not to be. This electoral debacle has only served to  Continue reading

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