Forgiveness begins at home
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Home is where children are discipled most and best. Home is where they learn to obey those who have authority over them, learn to listen, to share, and to serve. They learn manners and politeness. But home is also a place where adults can work on their Christian life skills. I have a theory that it is harder to live like a Christian in your home than out in the “world.” We can put up with unfair and disagreeable people... Read More
Someone to fight for you
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Thomas Edison was dyslexic and struggled in school. He liked to see things for himself and ask questions. He couldn’t just sit and memorize; he suffered under the teachers’ rigid ways—and whippings. His mother became so angry with the school that she chose to educate him at home. Years later, Edison said, “I remember I used to never be able to get along at school. I was always at the foot of the class. I used to feel that the... Read More
God designed it that way
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The single life is great. The freedom and independence you enjoy open up many possibilities for travel, sudden employment changes, risk taking, use of your time, and lifestyle. Still, marriage offers some powerful advantages over the single life. God designed it that way. Solomon’s concise poetic verses in Ecclesiastes summarize four powerful blessings of married life: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor.” In this country, by retirement age each married person’s net... Read More
A done deal
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The New York press corps loved Yogi Berra because he delighted them with the most quirky and delicious quotes. Commenting on the possibility of ninth inning comebacks he said once, “It ain’t over until it’s over.” Funny, but people derive a certain sense of hope from thinking that it’s never over, that there will be endless chances for do-overs and many different ways to arrange a successful transition in the next life. Sorry. Ain’t gonna happen. Scripture teaches two crisp... Read More
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