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The World We Create
November 11, 2019 Grace ccmadmin by:  Cris Corzine-McCloskey I overheard some gossip the other day. I wasn’t sitting with the women, but I was too close to avoid hearing. As soon as they started, I could feel the air crackle with their venomous words. I wanted to run, but before I could escape, their words went into my ears andRead More
Scarier than Halloween
November 4, 2019 Grace ccmadmin by:  Cris Corzine-McCloskey Last week was Halloween. As I watched the kids trying their best to be scary, I thought about what really frightens me. I once saw a show about space travelers carrying a vaccine to their dying world. In need of repairs, they landed on a spider-infested planet. The hero courageously fought theRead More
The Answer is Right Under Your Nose
October 28, 2019 Grace ccmadmin by:  Cris Corzine-McCloskey When my husband and I were dating, we talked for hours. We were slow to anger and quick to forgive. I felt sad for those poor saps I had counseled who had communication problems in their marriages. Then we said, “I do,” and by the time I returned from my honeymoon, IRead More
Death by Lack of Communication
October 21, 2019 Grace ccmadmin by:  Cris Corzine-McCloskey I saw a comic that perfectly depicted marital disharmony. It showed a man in the driveway washing a car. His thought bubble read, “Wait ’til the wife sees this, she’s going to be so proud of me.” From the widow, the wife was fuming as she watched her husband, and her thoughtRead More
The House of Horrors
October 14, 2019 Grace ccmadmin by:  Cris Corzine-McCloskey My neighbors moved out last week. To be more precise, my neighbors were evicted. After the eviction, the landlord discovered her once pristine home was so filth encrusted it will have to be gutted down to the studs. What is ironic is how immaculate the renters had kept the outside. Best lookingRead More
What is Truth?
October 7, 2019 Grace ccmadmin by:  Cris Corzine-McCloskey There was once a Roman Governor who asked a Nazarene carpenter, “What is truth?” I know plenty of people who think they know, and they shoot off their version of truth like rapid-fire weapons. They justify their barbed words with statements like, “I just tell it like it is.” If you areRead More
No More Mr. Nice Guy!
September 30, 2019 Grace ccmadmin I used to be nicer. I worried a lot about peoples feelings and tiptoed around them. When people needed me because of an emotional crisis I was right there, encouraging them like a cheerleader. I would hand out uplifting words like emotional band-aids. Everyone thought I was very nice. But worrying so much about peoplesRead More
Falling Limbs and Toadstools
September 22, 2019 Grace ccmadmin by:  Cris Corzine-McCloskey My parents just had a tree removed.  I liked it and was sad to see it go. However, limbs had started falling off. Some of them dangerously close to their home. Then, Mom saw toadstools around the tree, and they knew it had to go.  Despite how it looked on the outside,Read More
Let’s Talk About Addiction
September 15, 2019 Grace ccmadmin by:  Cris Corzine-McCloskey When I was incarcerated, I used to think about how far I would have had to go back in time to change my course so I wouldn’t have ended up in prison. I figured out my problems first started in childhood when I was molested because, by my early teens, I startedRead More
The Gospel Truth About Failure
September 8, 2019 Grace ccmadmin by:  Cris Corzine-McCloskey I am in a season right now where I feel I have made some foolish investments with people and finances. Right now, it’s tempting to begin thinking “mistake,” “failure,” or “I won’t ever trust anyone again.” I am so grateful for the Word of God because when I examine my “mistakes” throughRead More