Sunday, August 1

People aren’t just looking for a friendly church, as important as that may be, they’re also looking for friends at church! -Stephen Davis

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Sun. August 1

“Simplicity, carried to the extreme, is elegance.”   -Jon Franklin. Lord, teach me to be a simple man. Amen Today, August 1, is always a special/bittersweet day. My father, Clayton Iles, would be 76 today.  I listened to a song on my iPod last night and ...

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Sat. July 31

“Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of God no matter what the conflict.”  -Anon.

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Fri. July 30

“It is only when we begin to worship that we begin to grow.”  -Calvin Coolidge “How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.”   –Publilus Syrus The spiritual theme of my upcoming novel,  A Spent Bullet, is that “the hardest person to forgive is yourself.” I ...

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Thur. July 29

Whatever your hand finds to do, do with all your strength.   Ecclesiastes 9:10 If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right. Especially if it’s for God. There is no room in the Christian life for sloppy, slip-shoddy work. Whatever we do should be a reflection ...

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Wed. July 28

“An unused life is an early death.” -van Goethe “Lord, use me today to make a positive difference in at least one life. Amen

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Tues. July 27

Two Cups of Coffee This morning I poured two cups of coffee even though I’m alone. Both now sit on my desk. I recall the words of T.W. Hunt, the author of The Mind of Christ, “Sometimes when I’ve not felt as close to the ...

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Mon. July 26

This is a passage from my upcoming novel, A Spent Bullet.  It’s set in 1941 Beauregard Parish.  This passage features 10 year old Ben, his sister Elizabeth (who’ll be teaching him in school), and their grandmother, Ma. I’d like your honest input on this passage ...

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Fri. July 23

Bethany Baptist Benediction Song. This is a touching song sung by Bethany Baptist Church in Goma, Congo.  You can see a YouTube video of it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciFpUoiWAgQ I believe in the blood of Jesus The only Savior. I give it all to Him. The things ...

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July 20 Thoughts on a black mamba

Snake in the Church!     Scripture:  “You have not lied to men, but to God.”  -Peter in Acts 5:4 Last month, I was speaking in Samaria Baptist Church, Goma, Congo. Suddenly two men sitting by the side door jumped up and began scuffling outside ...

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Mon. July 19

In chapter 11 of my upcoming novel, A Spent Bullet, a Grasshopper scout plane crash lands into the Reed family okra patch.  It’s nose and propeller bury in the ground, and Mr. Reed (Poppa) brings his plow team to pull it loose. This brings on ...

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July 10

Old lumber   Then King Asa brought all the men of Judah, and they carried away from Ramah the stones and timber Baasha had been using. With them he built up Geba and Mizpah. II Chron. 16:6   Old lumber still builds well. It’s a ...

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July 7 "Across the Pea Patch" and "LTWBTYFI"

These devotions are for a future book of stories called “Deep Roots.”  I’d love your feedback and ideas.  Email me at curtiles@aol.com  or Facebook/Twitter. Across the Pea Patch This is a story I wrote a few months before the death of my hero, Don Hunt. ...

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Mon. July 5

“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain, and most fools do.”  – Ben Franklin

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