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Boiling Point

Becoming more like Jesus — becoming the man He created me to be — requires that He bring my heart to a rolling boil to distill off the impurities that contaminate the waters of my soul. The distillation process requires my permission.  The boiling cannot begin without a fire — one that I must allow […]

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Where Am I?

So now we start the month of May. . .and where am I? I am feeling a little unsure of myself.  I am questioning how genuine I am.  Authentic?  Committed?  Sometimes, I’m not so sure. I am worrying that I’m not really in any position to help anyone.  And yet there are ones I am […]

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Collateral Damage in the Culture War

I signed up yesterday to participate in a 10-day prayer campaign, sponsored by prayloveheal.org, for men and women with unwanted same-sex attraction. This call to prayer struck a deep chord in my heart, because I have seen several news articles over the past couple of weeks about the plight of those seeking counseling and support […]

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The Gift

Recently, I had an experience with God where He showed me how He is still fulfilling the promise He makes in Philippians 6:1; “He who began a good work in you, will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Many of my struggles with relationships and sin in my past arose from […]

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Do we judge?

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.”  These are the words of Jesus from Matthew 7:1. The Bible, especially the New Testament, has much to say about judgment.  I will leave the word […]

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First Things First

David’s Psalm 51 models for us an essential sequence for our spiritual walk with God.   We begin with inward reflection — a true and deep understanding of our own brokenness and our sin.  If we don’t recognize and acknowledge our own failings first, what follows will not be pleasing to God. Verse 6 says: […]

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The End of the Rope

I saw a short video segment from a Francis Chan sermon that illustrates a profound Biblical truth. Francis used a very long rope to represent the totality of our lives. . .our eternal lives.  At the end of the rope, he painted about 4 inches red.  The red end represented our lives on Earth, in […]

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Priorities

Is there room in the life of a truly committed Christian for recreational passions, such as football or golf or some other sport? What is the “right” amount of time, energy and resources to devote to a hobby, like fishing or quilting or classic cars or whatever? Where does “fun” fit into the priorities of […]

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How Do I Love Thee. . .

Some years back, my grandmother, who was deeply and dearly loved in our family, died from lung cancer after 65 years of smoking. During her years and years of smoking, Mammaw knew how we felt about her habit.  She didn’t expect us to support her smoking or approve of it, but she did ask that […]

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I Can’t Be Your Friend

“I have a friend who says he can no longer be my friend, because I am a Christian.  What do I do with that?” Over the past few weeks, I have found myself in exactly this situation:  someone I love has decided to terminate our relationship, because I believe that sexual relations outside of Biblical […]

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