Matthew A Thomas
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Christians are challenged to grow in faith by following the lead of the Holy Spirit, At times we are led to move forward - lead with passion to accomplish what we are called to do. Other times, we are encouraged to pause - "Be still and know ...". (Psalm 46:10 NIV)  To quiet oneself. Wait. Listen.  Still on other occasions, the Holy Spirit encourages us to go back  - "...if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar. First go and be reconciled..." (Matthew 5:23-24 NIV)

The writings here are designed to encourage active listening with thoughtful reflection and response to the Holy Spirit's leading, keeping in mind that: "...we have these promises, dear friends, (s0) let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God."       (2 Corinthians 7:1 NiV)

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April 3, 2021


Severe circumstances and the most tormenting decisions often become matters of life and death to us. They are sometimes exaggerated and sometimes very real. The teen who does not get the right kind of denims considering it a matter of life and death would be an example of the first. The person who does not pay ransom to terrorists for the release of their family member would be the second.