Follow your heart
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High school and college seniors are on their senior slide already. (If they aren’t, they’ll be there soon.) In just a few weeks, they will be sitting in their caps and gowns listening to valedictorians and celebrity speakers telling them to do what they love, follow their hearts, and make a difference in the world. Let’s face it, those speeches offer nothing more than a syrupy, shallow view of life. You see, when I hear that I should follow my... Read More
When no one’s watching
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The body language of people ready to do something wrong is a dead giveaway. They look left. They look right. They maybe even look up to see if anyone will notice. And then they cheat or steal because no one is watching. Sadly, we all have those motions in our muscle memory. We have violated the commandments of God, the trust of our employers, and our own ethics when we think no one is watching. It would be an abuse... Read More
Thinking the worst
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Every year there are government elections of one sort or another, and they always leave me a little worn out. Between the ads, the debates, the news reports, we are geared to start looking for and thinking of the worst in every candidate. I completely understand that to be informed voters, we need to be, well, informed. But after a while, I get weary of all the mean-spiritedness. It seems like it carries over into how we treat not only... Read More
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“Freely you have received; freely give” (Matthew 10:8). Let’s assume everyone’s resources are limited. Mine are. So what makes you get out your checkbook and give money you could use to someone else? It takes money to live. And it takes money to share the Bread of Life and some daily bread with others. Just about anyone will take a check. But writing one is a targeted expression of faith.  I regularly attend church where I regularly hear about the... Read More
Let other people praise you
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“Don’t blow your own horn,” my mother used to tell me. “Let other people figure out on their own how brilliant you are.” Great advice! She was right, of course. We are all somewhat insecure, and some of us are seriously insecure. We all want to be noticed, admired, and loved, and when those things aren’t happening fast enough, we figure we have to use an accelerant, like more charcoal lighter on damp briquettes. The trouble is, people don’t like... Read More
Eternity in my heart
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Blaise Pascal was a 17th-century French mathematician, physicist, and Christian philosopher. He said once, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.” Pascal was right. There is no meaning in the universe if you deny the Creator, no love in the universe if you deny Christ the Savior, and no wisdom in the universe if you deny the Spirit.... Read More
Death is dead wrong
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“When Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment . . . the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people” (Matthew 27:50-53). For hours, Jesus suffered the horrible wrath of his Father and battled death. Then, at the moment of his choosing, he died. Death thought... Read More
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Professional golfer Tiger Woods was serially unfaithful to his wife. Still, he draws crowds. Adrian Peterson beat his son. Fans hate what he did yet root for him to help his team win. Michael Vick found work again after time in jail for dog fighting. One commenter, referring to sports stars’ relationships with their fans, caught my attention with his insight: “In our society forgiveness is not for those who truly repent, it’s reserved for those who still have something... Read More
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What is actually happening when people receive Lord’s Supper? You can’t see much. It may only look like some reverent people getting a morsel of bread and a sip of wine. But what is really going on is a personal encounter with the risen Christ, their Savior from sin. Through the mystery and miracle of the sacrament, they are receiving the body of Christ; through faith they then become part of the body of Christ, i.e., the great union of... Read More
Free friends
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Would you believe it if I told you that someone needs you to be a friend to them? God wants you to know and believe that you can be that friend. Never fake, always faithful, Jesus loves you with a sincere love. Who needs your love to be more sincere? Jesus rebukes evil, chases temptation from bullying you, and provides you opportunities to do what is right. What group of friends needs your help to avoid evil and pursue good?... Read More