Author Archives: Gary Cleveland

About Gary Cleveland

An old chunk of coal waiting to become a diamond some day. I spend the bulk of my time focused on spiritual development. I teach, preach and stand by the hurting and wounded. I believe our heavenly Father offers us daily opportunities to discover who we are and what we can yet become. I serve as a bringer of good news in and around the city of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The Joy of Scripture Study and Reading

For the past 18 months or so I have spent most of my Friday mornings studying scripture with my friend, Michael.  It has been a joyful journey. We began by studying the gospel of John.  We took almost a year … Continue reading

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Christianity- A Crutch?

I’m leaning on a lot of things and people nowadays. Struggling with cancer and chemotherapy will humble even the best of us.  I’ve talked in other posts about struggling and how I have decided to embrace the concept that I … Continue reading

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Breaking the Silence – Prayer

Frederick Buechner relays a short but powerful observation on prayer in his book, The Magnificent Defeat.  In a chapter entitled, The Breaking of Silence, he offers this story which I will paraphrase. Imagine two people sitting alone in a railroad … Continue reading

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It’s All Falling Into Place

I have lately been reading Alister McGrath’s recently published  book on the life of C. S. Lewis.    McGrath’s book has stirred anew the fascination I have in how Lewis returned to his faith in God after having rejected it … Continue reading

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Loving God

Do we love God enough?  It’s been my observation that we celebrate and bask in the love God has for us with more regularity than we contemplate and focus on our love for Him.  The mere writing of this sentence … Continue reading

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Struggling

I am struggling right now. A visit with my oncologist last week revealed I have multiple cancerous tumors in my liver.  I now have a fight on my hands.   I will find out later this week just how this battle … Continue reading

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Thanks Les Mis

Like many holiday movie-goers, I saw the movie version of the musical, Les Miserables.   The music, the scenery and costumes were extraordinary.   The actors made the characters come to life and the vocals ranged from good to fabulous. It is … Continue reading

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