Christian Writing

“To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.  Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.”
Jude 1:1-3

Doug has been blessed to share his faith and God’s truth through both reflective and creative writing. Reflective writings are set forth in the monthly articles he contributes to his city’s newspaper, the Kingsport Times-News (see below). Both reflective and creative writings are set forth in Doug’s 340 page book, Moon in the Darkness: 100 Reflections on the Kingdom of God.

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Please feel free to use any insights you glean from these articles in your own ministries.

WISDOM VALUES TREASURES BOTH OLD AND NEW

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“And He said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure…

ARISE, MY LOVE, MY BEAUTIFUL ONE, AND COME AWAY

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“Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away; for behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of…

WOMEN ARE KEY TO THE NEXT GREAT AWAKENING

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“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the…

WE MUST CAST OFF CULTURAL CHRISTIANITY

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“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” (Colossians…

IT IS TIME TO DENY OURSELVES

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“And He said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’” (Luke 9:23) Have you ever heard…

THE CHURCH IN AMERICA MUST REPENT AND PRAY

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“[I]f my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and…

THE LORD WILL WALK WITH YOU AND TALK WITH YOU

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“Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.” (Genesis 5:24) I am so grateful for the daily spiritual messages being provided by the Kingsport Times-News in…

WE ARE WEAK BUT GOD IS STRONG

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[As we press through this COVID-19 pandemic, our first order of business must be to urge continued prayers for those in our nation and throughout the world who are sick;…

CHRISTIANS ARE RESPONSIBLE TO GOD, CHURCH & NEIGHBOR

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“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should…

THEY’LL KNOW WE ARE CHRISTIANS BY OUR LOVE

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“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8) The apostle Peter dictated his “First Letter” from Rome near the end of…

I AM LEARNING THE SECRET OF GOD’S PEACE

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“The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the…

APPROACH THIS CHRISTMAS WITH A CHILDLIKE HEART

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“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty…

GOD IS WITH US IN THE VALLEY

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“The Lord is my shepherd…. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will…

LET GOD RAISE THE CEILING OF YOUR HOPE

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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13)…

RELEASE GOD IN OUR SCHOOLS

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“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead…

RAISE YOUR EXPECTATIONS OF WHAT GOD AND YOU CAN DO!

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“For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you,…

LIVE A LIFE WORTHY OF THE GOSPEL

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“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ….” (Philippians 1:27a) Over the last 27 years, it has been my calling and privilege to participate in…

I HAVE A VISION OF REVIVAL

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“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams,…

WE ARE THE STEWARDS OF GOD’S EARTH

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“And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and…

BE WITH JESUS, BE LIKE JESUS, BE FOR JESUS

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“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with…

GOD ALMIGHTY LIVES IN HIS CHILDREN

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“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit…

WE ARE SACRIFICING OUR CHILDREN TO IDOLS!

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“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:13-14) “… [T]here they sacrifice…

GOD’S WORD ADDRESSES THE ISSUES OF HOMOSEXUALITY

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“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27) “…God is love….” (1 John 4:8,…

THE CHURCH NEEDS TO GROW UP!

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“And [Jesus] answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you?” (Mark 9:19; see also Matthew 17:17 and…

CHRISTMAS: THE BIRTHDAY OF THE FIRSTBORN

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“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”…

“THANK YOU” IS MORE THAN GOOD MANNERS

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“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness…

LET’S STOP SCRATCHING AND START HEALING OUR “ITCHING EARS”

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“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn…

O, COME LET US ADORE HIM

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“O, come let us adore Him, O, come let us adore Him, O, come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.” [“O, Come All Ye Faithful”, English translation by Frederick…

LIVING WATER HAS BEEN DISCOVERED ON EARTH!

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“Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you ‘Give me a drink’, you would have asked him, and he…

UNDERSTAND THE TIMES AND KNOW WHAT TO DO

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God will, on occasion, interject a special scripture message into what would otherwise seem a boring repetitive list. In the genealogy list of Genesis, God reveals Enoch, who walked with…

WE MUST HAVE BOTH TRUTH AND LOVE

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“Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love.” (2 John 1:3) “Rather, speaking the truth…

THE HOLY SPIRIT MUST CONVICT THE CHURCH IN AMERICA

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“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But…

JOIN WITH THE LORD IN EVERYTHING YOU DO

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“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I…

COMPASSION AND MERCY ARE KINGDOM ESSENTIALS

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“The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” (James 5:11b) Anyone with even a limited understanding of biblical truth will agree that God is merciful and that God is compassionate….

WE MUST WORSHIP IN BOTH SPIRIT AND TRUTH

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“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship…

LIVE IN THE JOY OF JESUS!

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“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the…

ONLY GOD CAN UNITE WHAT GOD DIVIDED

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And the LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they…

IT TAKES GREAT FAITH TO MOVE MOUNTAINS

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“Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, ‘Why could we not cast it out?’ He said to them, ‘Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to…

GOD LOVES THE PEOPLE YOU DON’T LOVE

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“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute…

JOIN THE LORD IN ADORATION!

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“And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in…

CHRISTIANS MUST REDISCOVER SEXUAL MORALITY

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“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that…

CHRIST IS RISEN! WE MUST ARISE!

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“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but…

GOD’S UNCONDITIONAL LOVE HAS CONDITIONS

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“Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and…

TRUTH MUST DISPLACE HUMANISM

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“I will stir up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and wield you like a warrior’s sword.” (Zechariah 9:13b) “Trust in the LORD with all your heart,…

WE ALL NEED CLEAN HEARTS AND RIGHT SPIRITS

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”Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me….

INCLUDE HEAVENLY FATHER IN YOUR NATIVITY SCENE

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“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find…

ASK THE LORD TO GUIDE AMERICA

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“Where there is no vision, the people perish….” “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint….” “When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild.” (Proverbs 29:18…

JESUS IS THE LORD OF AMERICA

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“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me’.” (Matthew 28:18) “Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in…

THE LORD IS OUR HEALER

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“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases …” (Psalm 103:2-3) “…for I am the LORD,…

GO FOR THE GOLD

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“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate…

GOD HEALS THE BROKENHEARTED

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“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18) “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3) God heals the brokenhearted….

WE NEED ANOTHER REVOLUTION

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“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil…

DRAW NEARER TO GOD IN PRAYER

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“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8) James 4:8 is my life motto.  God promises if I draw near to Him, He will draw…

LIVE IN PEACE AND JOY WITH GOD

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“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17)   When we think…

JOIN GOD’S “LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR” CLUB

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“And behold, a lawyer stood up to put [Jesus] to the test, saying, ‘Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in…

DON’T MAKE JESUS IN YOUR IMAGE

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“And God spoke all these words, saying …“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in…

CHRIST WAS BORN AGAIN IN BETHLEHEM!

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“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones…

JOIN THE WATCHMEN PRAYER NETWORK

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“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.” (Psalm…

YOU CAN’T EAT JUST ONE

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“In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites…

AMEN GOD AND HE WILL AMEN US

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“And when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, ‘Hear me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe [“Aman”] in the LORD your God, and you will be established [“aman”]; believe…