The Anthem (Live) · Jesus Culture · Jake Hamilton

Dear children of God, you are a chosen generation, you are royalty by God Most High! Awake and arise!

“And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.

And they laughed him to scorn.

But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.

And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.

And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years.

And they were astonished with a great astonishment.”

‭‭Mark‬ ‭5:39-42‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God…

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The frost is on the pumpkin …


Pumpkin patch ready for annual festival in Half Moon Bay, California.

… and no, I’m not out of my gourd telling you that on the 18th of October!

A BRRisk walk.

We had a hard freeze in the wee hours of this morning.  Our weather folks had forewarned us that the blooms on our posies wouldn’t be perky after we dipped to the low 30s, and maybe even the 20s in the northern suburbs.  This is unusually cold for SE Michigan … after all, it’s only mid-October.  I’m not usually in the cedar closet digging out my woolen wear and Winter coat until late October/early November.  When I left the house this morning it was a mere 31 degrees.  I’m not into the whole Winter layers regimen yet and forgot a scarf and could have used one.  I hunched down into my coat collar and resembled a turtle as I wended my way down to the Park.  The lawns…

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Night Light For Couples

The Line of Respect

“Show proper respect to everyone.” 1 Peter 2:17

Conflict can often play a positive role in marriage—especially when it helps maintain lines of respect. Suppose I (jcd) work at my office two hours later than usual on a particular night. I know that Shirley is preparing a candlelight dinner, yet I don’t call to let her know I’ll be late. As the evening wears on, Shirley wraps the cold food in foil and puts it in the refrigerator. When I finally get home, I don’t apologize. Instead, I sit down with the newspaper and abruptly tell Shirley to get my dinner ready. You can bet there would be fireworks in the Dobson household that night! Shirley would rightfully interpret my insensitive behavior as insulting and would move to defend the “line of respect” between us. Her strong feelings would be totally justified.

Let’s put the shoe on the other foot. Suppose Shirley knows I need the car at 2:00 P.M. for some important purpose, but she deliberately keeps me waiting. Perhaps she sits in a restaurant with a friend, drinking coffee and talking. Meanwhile, I’m pacing the floor at home wondering where she is. It is very likely that she will hear about my dissatisfaction when she gets home. Even though the offense was minor, the line of respect has been violated.

Some things are worth defending. At the top of the list is the “line of respect” between husbands and wives.

Just between us…

  • When was the last time we had a fight that was good for our relationship?
  • Have I crossed your line of respect recently?
  • How will upholding the line of respect improve our marriage?

Dear Lord, we want to show respect for each other, but we confess that we’re too often self-centered and insensitive. Forgive us, Lord. Grant us Your grace as we defend the mutual rights that are the foundation of our affection. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Couples, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.