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  • Recognizing Jesus in the Small Things

    Yesterday afternoon I stopped by my sister’s house at lunchtime just in time to find my two-year-old nephew, The Cub, eating lunch. Sounds normal, right? Almost. At second glace, I noticed that the tot’s lunch wasn’t the only thing on his plate. In the center of the plate, untouched by the food surrounding him lay sweet […]

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  • A Reason We Celebrate the Christmas Story

    Reading the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, is not just reading about the stories and thoughts of God’s people past. It is reading the story that our lives are playing out now, in real time. Christmas is an important celebration, giving us a reminder of how and at what cost we have been […]

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  • If it wasn’t for Jesus I’d hate your guts.

    Most of my childhood was spent moving from place to place every five to six months. This gypsy lifestyle instilled in me the ability to make friends quickly, keep them at arms length and then forget them just as quickly. Looking back, I realize that this was a self defense mechanism I used to keep […]

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  • Why “Right & Wrong?”

    Defining right and wrong so we know how to behave in order to be allowed into heaven or to receive God’s favor, is heading in the wrong direction. It is an insult to God’s grace, and to the horrific price Jesus paid for us on the cross. The real reason for learning what’s right and […]

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  • Forgiveness: Investing in the long haul

    I have been a Christian and part of the church for over 40 years. Being an imperfect person involved with other imperfect people, has given me many opportunities to offend others and to become offended. To stay involved in the church, I have had to learn to let go of offenses and forgive others. I […]

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  • Love is… Action

    This week’s Life Journal reading plan included 1 Corinthians 13, the famous “ love chapter,” one of which most of us have read many times. Love is patient. Love is kind. -1 Corinthians 13:4 This morning while reading, these two phrases seemed to catch my attention, jumping off the pages and hitting me with a new […]

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  • Communication vs. Manipulation

    You know the situation—little things that don’t seem to matter get over looked. You say “I can live with that.” Then, all of a sudden it seems, they reach a critical point and …you blow, giving someone “a piece of your mind”.  An important relationship struggles to stay off the rocks.  Paul’s words in Ephesians […]

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  • The Blasted Blahs

    There are times in my life when I just feel blah, not really to the point of despair but rather grumpy, foggy, slow-mo, annoyed and gloomy… …all at the same time. It’s like a storm cloud is hovering over my head. Everything looks gray. I’m unmotivated to do anything, yet I don’t want to just […]

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  • Clarity in Spandex

    This past Saturday I woke early to run before the normal craziness of my day began. After slipping into far more spandex than any self-respecting man should, I set off into the predawn darkness. The first couple of miles were nothing out of the ordinary, as I have traversed this particular course dozens of times over the last couple years. But things changed […]

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  • Do You Have a Determined Purpose?

    The Apostle Paul said “For my determined purpose is that I may know Him, and that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him” -Philippians 3:10 ( Amplified Version) My determined purpose: a statement that speaks of making a firm choice. This is something that won’t happen automatically just because you are […]

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