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A bad day can be used for good

“And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. A gale arose on the lake, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him up, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We are perishing!’ And he said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, you of little faith?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. They were amazed,…

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NIV ReadEasy Bible by Zondervan

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[Note: This book was provided free of charge byZondervan Publishers in exchange for an honest book review.]

I am not going to hide it. I am a huge fan of Zondervan. My first bible I received in 2003 was a 1994 Zondervan KJV Reference bible and I used it exclusively for years. The quality of product put out by Zondervan truly is of the highest caliber. After 20 years my KJV bible is just now…

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KJV Life Application Study Bible by Tyndale Publishing

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The first in our Bible Review series is one that I am quite excited about. For Bible Traditionalists that are KJV only this study bible is perfect for you!  The Life Application Study Bible King James Version is perfect for those enrolled in bible classes at college or your average reader who would like a solid study bible you can use daily.

The Life Application Study Bible comes in a variety…

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“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I…

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Unabashedly Episcopalian: Proclaiming the Good News of the Episcopal Church

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Unabashedly Episcopalian:
Proclaiming the Good News of the Episcopal Church

This amazing book was written by my very own Bishop Of Texas Andy Doyle. As a fairly new Episcopalian, I found this book immensely important and I feel it should be mandatory of all New Episcopalians and Youth to read prior to Baptism.

Bishop Doyle takes us for a soul searching ride in this book. He spends the book…

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God And The Gay Christian Review

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God and the Gay Christian:
The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships
By Matthew Vines

The most important book for anyone who has a pulse. Whether or not you are a Christian, or a member of the LGBT community, this book is an essential read.

Mr.Vines’ premise is straight forward. To take Biblical Scholarship and show how the 6 Clobber Passages that the far right uses to condemn…

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Storm clouds are rolling in again
Doubt knocking at my door
Insecurities are running wild
Bringing me to the floor

The once pristine grove
In which I offered up my light
Now nothing more than a void
Clouding up my sight

What is real and what is fake
Nothing means the same
And everyone I used to know
Knows not even my name

I run and run in circles
Desperation taking root
And all the while you sit…

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How long shall we abide

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“Compassionate God… Draw near to us in this time of sorrow and anguish, comfort those who mourn, strengthen those who are weary, encourage those in despair, and lead us all to fullness of life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen” -Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints…

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Down in the valley

I have not always been fat. Growing up I was an active thin child. Up until I was 14 I was 89 lbs. Then I ballooned. 115. 135. 171. 189 and on and on. It has definitely taken a toll on my health.

Most troubling to me is the teetering back and forth I tend to do. I will go back and forth between 300 lbs and 270 and then to 310 and then 260 and back and forth. In the past three years its gotten…

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How High Will You Climb?: Determine Your Success by Cultivating the Right Attitude

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How High Will You Climb?: Determine Your Success by Cultivating the Right Attitude
By John C Maxwell

[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest book review.]

I was a bit skeptical when I picked this book up. I am not one for “Self Help” Books but I wanted to give this one a solid chance. I am glad that I came at it with an open mind.…

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Slow but steady wins the race

I am no G.K. Chesterton, but I can say with all honesty, that I am proud of what I have accomplished so far with this blog. I have moved away from my personal posts to focus more on the Book Review Series’ that I am so glad to be able to do.

But in focusing on that I have not been able to give any updates and I aim to rectify that now. As everyone knows March of 2013 I had what was to be a…

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The Church of Mercy by Pope Francis

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My family is a mixed bag of Christian Denominations, Chief among them is Catholicism. At least that was the case a few generations back. None the less, MY pope was John Paul II. I admired him. He was a forward thinking man, but he didn’t rock the boat. After his passing I fell away from the Catholic Church.

But since Pope Francis was elected Pope, I have been drawn heavily back towards the…

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The ups and Downs

As you all know, I have been absent for the past week on here and on Twitter (which is a good way to keep in touch with the latest going on with Texas Episcopalian). I have been battling a cold and some complications from my Gall Bladder Surgery. But I think I have made it through the bulk of it and look to be coming the other side.

Later this weekend the last Book Reviews from this last series…

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Upcoming Bible Review Series

I am in the process of gathering some Bibles for review. One of the hardest things coming into the church was selecting a bible that fit me and felt right yet was approved for use by the Church.

Look for this series in the coming weeks that will cover the big translations NRSV, RSV-CE, KJV, NIV and CEB.

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Blessed Trinity Book of Catholic Prayers

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Blessed Trinity Book of Catholic Prayers is a lovely Catholic Devotional that is perfect for High Church Anglicans. It is leather bound and fits perfectly in a small purse or shoulder bag with room to spare.

It is chocked full of beautiful traditional prayers and devotionals such as the stations of the cross, as well as lovely imagery to accompany. I enjoy to pray the rosary when I am on the run…

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