A Cup of Encouragement . . . with Curt

The words of an encouraging friend are like ice water on a hot July afternoon.       Wed. March 21                 Where seldom is heard a discouraging word . . .  Recently I shared a Denver taxi ...

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Two of my common heroes: St. Patrick and Joseph

March 17, 2012 St. Patrick’s Day   I’d never linked two of my heroes until today. Joseph Jacobson (Joseph of the Old Testament in Genesis 37-50) and Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. Notice I did not call him St. Patrick of Ireland.  Patrick was ...

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A Cup of Encouragement: The Empty Chair

Brennan Manning is a great speaker and writer.  The Ragmuffin Gospel   Abba’s Child     I heard him relate the following story about fifteen years ago. I’ve never forgotten it: Brennan Manning’s best quote: The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who ...

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Encouragement: God stays with us in the midst of trials

  One of the best parts of following Jesus is His faithfulness in the midst of trials. We are not exempted from trouble and tragedy.  Our comfort is simply knowing that He stands with us.  My travels to eastern Congo have taught me so much.  ...

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Wed. March 7 What is a “whupping stick”?

This is a favorite chapter of readers of The Wayfaring Stranger. Enjoy! Joe looked at the knife he already knew too well. He had felt its cold steel against his neck. He was facing a killer and he was now at a great disadvantage. They ...

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What to do with a “whupping stick.”

  The Wayfaring Stranger Chapter  38       On the third day after Joe Moore had disappeared from Ten Mile,  Amos Long and his men were sitting around a campfire, talking, drinking, and laughing  when a boy arrived. The boy, about ten or eleven, walked up ...

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“Hot as a Bottle of Tabasco”

Le Petit Baton Rouge When you step out of your vehicle at Avery Island, a sharp pungent odor burns your nostrils.   It is the smell of hot red peppers in the drifting in the air.  You’re at the home of Tabasco Hot Sauce.   A ...

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Thoughts from the Weekend

  A Perfect  night . . .   Bible study around a roaring campfire With friends and neighbors. Watched over by a fingernail slice Of waxing moon above the western horizon. Shining through the pines. The moon is holding hands With Jupiter (above) and bright ...

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Press Release: Sat. Feb. 25 Book event at Hastings Alexandria

Today’s Quote and Weather Report :  “For the man sound in body and serene of mind there is no such thing as bad weather; every sky has its beauty, and storms which whip the blood do but make it pulse more vigorously.”  -George Glissing.   ...

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Encouraging: Let my words be few…

Powerful Thoughts on prayer If you are not praying, then you are quietly confident that time, money, and talent are all you need in life. You’ll always be a little too tired, a little too busy. But if, like Jesus, you realize you can’t do ...

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My Life Plan for 2012: A Summary

“If it’s in your head, it’s simply a dream; when you write it down, it becomes a goal.”  -Emmitt Smith        Ten Pins:   Life Plan for 2012   1. The Foundation Life verse: Life statement: Jesus’ Life statement:   6 Words for 2012:  ...

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Louisiana History: May 1922

The true birth of Dry Creek Baptist Church   Most ‘Dry Creekers’ agree that this spot is Morrow Bridge.  I do know our church and the camp also baptized toward Three Bridges. I’m not sure if the date on the photo is May 22, 23, ...

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Encouragement: Are you beating yourself up?

“What you think of me is none of my business.” Think about this thought.  What does it really mean? We spend much of our lives worried about what others think of us.  We lose much joy creating storms in our minds over others and their ...

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Creekbank Stories: Current and Future Book Titles

Curt Iles/Creekbank Stories   http://www.creekbank.net   Represented by Chip MacGregor/MacGregor Literary. Publicist: Sycomm/Lake Charles, LA Speaking: Christian Speakers Services Dallas, TX A Spent Bullet   First book in “Louisiana Skies” series     Historical Fiction       Status:  Finished 95,000 words Key word:  Moving! Premise:  Can two young people—a Milwaukee ...

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