Real Life, Freedom ... and Faith

Expressions of life, grace, love, and true freedom from the perspective of Jim Minker (aka. theShovel)

New Audio Series: The Study

I imagine some of you may have been wondering when I’d ever update the front page. Well, here it is — the announcement of a new series of audios: Shovelaudio, The Study. These audios will be coming out of a new Bible study/fellowship group that my friend Rick and I have started. We simply couldn’t stand our inability to keep in contact with each other and to enjoy sharing Christ together so we decided to schedule a weekly gathering. We’re loving it! And for those of you who may live or perhaps venture close enough to Boca Raton, Florida who would want to join us on a Friday evening, please let me know. I’ve uploaded the first audio file — Expel the Wicked — from last night’s meeting. I hope you enjoy it.

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(These are my longer responses to comments. Jim)

  • Hello my friend CP! Truly doing good and helping people is something I can whole-heartedly agree with. That being said, I think there have been far too many attempts to fix society's problems that have backfired or ended in disaster. Here are some of my own reflections regarding what you ask... READ MORE
    (added: 2014-09-17 17:37 > A Place in this World? )
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    (added: 2014-09-04 15:56 > Laboring to enter God's rest? )
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    (added: 2014-08-24 20:48 > New Audio Series: The Study )
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