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Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.

AYN RAND

THE UNFAMILIAR DOOR

I stand here at this unfamiliar door. I started in one place and have arrived in another. Through twists and turns and decisions made, I now stand here uncertain of things I use to know. As I stare at the worn wood and the faded bronze door knocker only one question...

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A CALL TO THE WILD: PART 1 (THE CALL)

There she stood at the edge of the trees. Evening had begun to settle in and to the west, the sun made its daily journey below the horizon. The sky was flooded with the vast colors of red, orange, yellow and purple. It was at this time that the people of the village...

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PURGE ME OH FATHER

Purge me Oh Father of all false understandings about myself, about you, and about all things happening around me. Drench me Father in your love, your goodness, and grace. Reveal to me all things that I do not see, renew my perspective, and open my ears to hear the...

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SPOKE TRUE BY TOBIN HUTTON: GUEST POST

Her creativity is not always in the work produced But in the word pronounced Spoken with the feelings Not always a writer, but a speaker She could make you feel, make you see That there is a world you have never paid tribute to A world beyond yourself The...

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BARBARIAN: PART 8 (UNTIL DEATH)

The barbarian does not fear death. Death has no hold on us. Death has no power. Death has no say. Our Father ransomed us back from this world and brought us into a realm where death is not permitted to enter. Because of this, we know that if we are to fall in battle,...

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BARBARIAN: PART 7 (VIOLENCE)

We must be violent in our pursuit towards God. Violent in our pursuit towards people. And violent in our pursuit towards shifting and changing culture. We must be relentless in doing what we were born to do. They will know us by our love. By our violent, unwavering...

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THE TIME WE’VE WASTED BEING PREJUDICE

To be prejudice is to have an opinion about a person or a group of people without basis. It represents a bias that is rooted in a belief that because someone is different from you, they are less of a person and therefore of lesser value. Prejudice fuels the idea that...

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BARBARIAN: PART 6 (NOT AGAINST FLESH & BLOOD)

We are equipped, we have invaded, and now it’s time to fight. The barbarian fights without pity, without restraint, and without mercy. The barbarian knows their enemy. But the enemy is not people and it will never be people. The enemy we war against is not that of...

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BARBARIAN: PART 5 (INVASION)

After we are returned to our natural state and remade by the grace and love of our King, it's time to invade. We are given a sword, a shield, and armor, equipped and ready to venture forth alongside our brothers and sisters. As one unit, we were meant to return the...

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BARBARIAN: PART 4 (BEYOND HUMAN)

We were formed and molded and changed to no longer fit or live in a human environment. As we took the oath to serve and to love our king, we were taken out of human habitation. We were adopted by our Father and now no longer belong to these earthy tribes. We are...

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BARBARIAN: PART 3 (PRIMITIVE NATURE)

A barbarian is one who operates in his or her natural state. Before civilization took hold of us, before culture influenced our actions, we were untouched. Before they came with their offers of cultivation, we operated in our primitive nature. We took an oath don’t...

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BECKONS ME FORWARD

It was here in this hour that everything changed. Everything became different and everything that once was now had to be left behind. Because I can't be what I have always been nor can I keep doing what I have always done. But there is a pull to become something more,...

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BARBARIAN: PART 2 (UNCULTIVATED)

We were once barbarians. We strived and fought with such violent passion, we lived with a savage fierceness that caused nations and people to take notice. They watched as we restlessly pursued after our God and watched in amazement as the power of the greatest...

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YOU MAY FIND YOURSELF MOVING

You may find yourself moving somewhere different. You may find yourself surrounded by different people. And you may find yourself leaving some things behind. Because we are progressive people. We move and change and grow and step out of things in order to step into...

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BARBARIAN: PART 1

A brute. A savage. A barbarian. Described as inhuman, unrestrained, and relentless. A breed that is feared by many because of their refusal to conform. A tribe believed not to be human and to carry such an intensity that giants and demons quake when they hear them on...

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THE DARK TOWER

Excerpt from The Black Fox Chronicles  Astrid's ear caught a sound on the wind. He glanced at the sky. His eye could see clearly through the darkness, invisible colors that could only be seen by a trained man. Secret colors that belong to the night and to Astrid...

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COURAGE ONCE AGAIN

Courage. The ability to do something that frightens us. The strength to face the pain. The pain of what? Of failure, of rejection, of losing everything. There are times when I move towards things with great courage. I stare down the mountain, the giant, and the lion...

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THE BLACK FOX

Excerpt from The Black Fox Chronicles  Astrid the Black Fox stood alone, wearing a dark tunic of cotton with black fur tossed over his broad shoulders. His cloak was wrapped tightly around him with its dark design woven along the hem and center of the shroud. His worn...

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WHEN DEATH COMES

Are we looking to be perfectly intact at the end of our days without a mark or scratch to show? When we wake up and walk out our doors, are we trying to preserve ourselves until old age? When death comes knocking at our door and comes to take us away, will even death...

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AFTER EVERYTHING IS STRIPPED

In the end of all things, after everything is stripped away and you stand before the greatness of all that is and all that will ever be, what shall be left? What shall be said of you in the great halls of memories, within the pages of the books and scrolls that have...

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REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE

There are days when we forget who we are. We forget why we started, why we fought, and why we are here. It can happen so fast. We stand there and look around not sure what we are supposed to do. We find ourselves lost or confused or even alone. We forget who we are...

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I WAS MARRIED ONCE

I was married once, did you know that? I was. I met a girl. I fell in love. And I watched as she walked down the aisle in a dress of white and pearl. She came towards me and I took her hand. I spoke my vows, I declared my love, and I placed a silver ring upon her...

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THE TIRED LIONS

To all the old lions. To all the tired lions. To all those who have walked this earth a long time. You are not done. I know you have fought. I know you have a sacrificed. I know that you have waited. But I say to you, the waiting is almost over. We need you. We need...

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EVERYTHING WE DO

Everything we do, everything we say, and everything we build should be for the advancement of other people. We were not created to just create for ourselves or to prosper for our own pleasure. But in everything we do, we should do to pick up those alongside us and...

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THE LOW PLACE

It happens. We wake up, stare in the mirror, and find ourselves hating what we see. Dried out skin, bloodshot eyes, and that sinking feeling within ourselves. Our steps feel heavy and our words slur in conversation. We feel defeat. We feel sad. We feel low. They will...

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HOLD ON CHILDREN

Hold on children. Hold on to that dream, that vision, and that life you wish to build for yourself. For the time is now. The time to shake, to move, to dance, to sing, to create, and to shift the constructs of culture in such a way that has never been seen before. You...

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