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Gaps, Meditations By Apostle John Dean

Over the years I have noticed that many people seem to have gaps (or holes) in their lives. In many cases these gaps are of their own doing and in other cases these gaps are not of their initiative. Some times when a person is growing up, the pain they may have experienced causes them to block out certain periods of time in their life in such a way that they really do not remember particular times or events.

Charlie’s Temper, Meditations By Apostle John Dean

Anger is probably one of the most destructive sins that have ever been enacted by mankind. The byproduct of anger has killed people, caused sickness, started wars, destroyed marriages, lost money, driven people to insanity and a litany of other things.

Will My Real Father Please Stand Up? Meditations By Apostle John Dean

Growing up in East Texas during the late ‘40s and early ‘50s provided a great opportunity for a young man like me to meet many special men who would have a profound impact on my life. The background of these men ranged from the educated to the illiterate, from the successful business man to the hard working man who spent long back breaking hours in the woods cutting logs with a cross cut saw.

Who Is Your Daddy? Meditations By Apostle John Dean

The church of today seems to be filled with spiritual orphans. Many have natural parents, but they still feel fatherless. If the question was asked “Who is your Daddy” many would have to say I don’t know? Perhaps this is why Paul said, “For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.”

Phantom Pain

A phantom limb is the sensation that an amputated limb is still attached to the body and is moving appropriately with other body parts. Phantom pain sensations are described as perceptions that an individual experiences relating to a limb that is not physically part of the body, as with an amputee. People who have lost an arm or a leg often perceive the limb as though it is still there, and they can literally feel excruciating pain in specific parts of the phantom limb.

What Would You Do Different? Meditations By Apostle John Dean

I really enjoy learning while listening to the older generation share their life experiences. Many times they’ve traveled the roads of life in ways that I’ve never thought of. When I’m around an older person I find myself digging around in their memory bank looking for treasures. It’s almost like discovering an old trunk tucked away in the attic. You can’t wait to open it because even the meager findings become a treasure to you. There seems to be a story written in each item as to their failures and successes in life. I’m sure I learn more from their failures than I do their successes. I know how to succeed—I just want to learn how to keep from failing.