But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Journey of Cross and Quill - Apologetic Report
Sunday, 17 September 2017 11:09

Homeschooling With A Heart For Christ

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This time of year I’m more often than not preoccupied with thoughts of curriculum and lesson planning. I’m excited for the start of a new school year, anticipating the flurry of...

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Friday, 01 September 2017 13:34

The Slumber of Winter’s Faith

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If believers decay in their first love, or in some other grace, yet another grace may grow and increase, such as humility, their broken-heartedness; they sometimes seem not to grow in the branches when they may grow at the root; upon a check grace breaks out more; as we say, after a hard winter...

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Saturday, 05 August 2017 07:19

The Fragrance of Christ Midst the Tempest

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imageNow thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death,...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 02:02

Joshua Caleb and the Sovereignty of God

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Joshua Caleb and the Sovereignty of God: You will often hear me speak of both. The former is my 13-year-old son who has an intellectual disability and a host of medical problems including a rare disorder called neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation that is terminal. I previously wrote...

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What do you do when the rain doesn’t subside and the drops drip continously over your head? What do you do when you are treading water during the fiercest tempest yet and still, it keeps coming down? You keep calling out to the One who is your shelter and you trust that He will carry you...

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 01:01

Book Review: Pray About Everything

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imageIn Paul Tautges book, Pray About Everything: Cultivating God-Dependency, the reader is encouraged to walk away with the conviction that prayer is the life-blood of not only the individual Christian but the church, both locally and universally. Much has been written about prayer. There is a good...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 13:48

The Dawn Breaks at Midnight

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November of last year I committed myself to write a novel in spite of everything. From concept to the beginning of the first draft, I struggled to seriously take the idea of my being a writer. Life is full of complications, some ordinary, some exceedingly difficult. But I was determined to push...

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 12:06

Midnight at the Fountain of Joy

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Midnight at the Fountain of Joy, an inspirational fantasy novel, is the title of my work in progress. Last November I made the commitment to commence writing it despite knowing that crafting a novel is an arduous task. The last two years have been difficult for our family to say the least and I...

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Sunday, 08 January 2017 15:20

To the Melinda Byerleys of the World

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Dear Melinda Bylerley et al.,

Middle America. It’s filled with a diverse people, many of whom are hardworking, decent, and looking to make a honest living to support their families. It’s not eloquent or sophisticated but it is often the backbone of the United States, the foundation if...

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Thursday, 29 December 2016 07:34

The Dawn of Adversity’s Hope

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Hope fills the afflicted soul with such inward joy and consolation, that it can laugh while tears are in the eye, sigh and sing all in a breath; it is called “the rejoicing of hope” (Hebrews 3:6).

William Gurnall

Hope. It is the very thing we yearn for after coming to the end of a...

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Monday, 19 December 2016 21:24

Out of Winter, Spring

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The temperature outside is frigid and the ground cold, dead, and hard. December may conjure up warm memories for many because of the holiday but to me this month symbolizes a turning point. It is the end of one of the most difficult years I’ve ever experienced, especially as a mother and...

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Thursday, 15 December 2016 10:58

Book Review: Martin Luther

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Martin Luther is the tenth title in the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series written by Simonetta Carr and published by Reformation Heritage Books. This hardcover book is beautifully illustrated by Troy Howell and also includes relevant historical drawings and pictures which bring the...

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Sunday, 27 November 2016 19:25

The Art of Writing in Adversity

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imageSisyphus is my pen name in the barrage of life’s adversities. I am a writer. I cannot get around it. I cannot ignore it. I cannot escape it even as I stand drenched in affliction’s many tempests. Although the past two years have proven to be challenging and heart wrenching, I have come...

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The 2016 election results brought uncertainty and fear for many of you. This hurt was compounded by the spiteful vitriol and gloating from many on the right. This grieves me. It should not be so. However, this hateful rhetoric was returned and I cannot help but think how this great divide deepens...

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Thursday, 10 November 2016 11:08

Christ’s Image In Reflection

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It is very rarely that one affliction comes alone; commonly, afflictions are not single things, but they come one upon the neck of another. God may strike one man in his possessions, then in his body, then in his name, wife, child or dear friend, and so it comes in a variety of ways; it is the way...

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Tuesday, 08 November 2016 07:45

The Kingdom of Darkness as Facade

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The Kingdom of Darkness is a facade. It is no kingdom at all. I implore you, dear reader, to look on with renewed vision, a gift given by the grace of our Sovereign LORD and King of Kings!

This kingdom lies in ruins, each brick cast down by man’s own hand, its mortar crumbling under the weight...

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