Are we born into sin, or do we become sinful after we’re born?

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What role do “Likes” and “Followers” play in your blogging life?

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Never

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Who are you?

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What’s your PQ-your purpose quotient?

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What’s the difference between knowing and believing?

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Who is Mephebosheth and why are we like him?

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I couldn’t survive without my G.P.S.

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What is your EQ–Your expectation quotient?

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5 + 2

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Must we confess our sins to be forgiven?

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How to pick the right religion

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The majestic, simple Gospel

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3 things Vacation Bible School taught me

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What’s your TQ–your Trust Quotient?

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Faith in the classroom

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May I have a word with you?

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I deleted a post

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Where Is The Church Headed?

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Grace strikes us when . . .

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Just for laughs . . .

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When we see The Father for the first time

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Where will you go when you die?

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Remembering my dad, active duty soldiers and veterans everywhere today

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Why forgive?

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Why do you read your Bible?

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How do we get right with God?

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Are you doing enough for God?

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God’s free gift of grace, to me, is. . .

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God answered critical Tucson prayer.

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Why can’t we understand “free”?

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My inevitable but necessary 31-day sabbatical has ended. I am home. I will publish my next “For His Glory” post on Wednesday, May 17.

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A Pig is a Pig is a Pig

Patrick has a way of entertaining as well as sharing thought-provoking words of truth. Nice post, Patrick, again.

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By Patrick Hawthorne

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As the Church, we sometimes fall into the trap of wanting our government officials to legislate morality.   We fuss and fume because of the seemingly lack of common sense among those who do not walk according to the Holy Spirit but according to the flesh.  We forget that, apart from Jesus Christ in our lives, we would be no better than those whom we complain about.

If I take a mud wallowing, garbage eating, bad smelling pig and gave it a bath, it would still be a pig.  If I soaked it for hours in the finest bubble bath, cleaned its teeth, and tied a pretty bow around its porky neck, it would not make it any less of a pig.  It is because it is still a pig on the outside as much as it is a pig on the inside.

When we accept Jesus Christ…

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An inevitable but necessary sabbatical

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The other cheek

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What is your HQ–happiness quotient?

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What folks said about “Baskin Robbins Christianity”

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Living under the other shoe

shoe dropFor years I toiled under the weight of a “works” oriented salvation. I believed that to please God I had to work to earn His favor and His grace. When  I did good things I believed my deeds were pleasing to God and, for the moment, I had gained His favor. But, when I sinned (and I did.  A lot) I believed, even when I repented, God would make me pay with some consequence or retribution.  I considered it, “Waiting for the other shoe to drop.”

It was a miserable way to live. I went about my day trying to figure out what the
shoe would be. Would it hurt? Would it drop when I least expected it? Would it drop when I was enjoying pleasant times? Would it drop on my friends? When it dropped would my friends abandon me? Would it grieve me or cause me emotional pain? Would I suffer?

Then in August, 2000, I learned my true identity in Christ. God showed me His grace and taught me I didn’t have to pay for any or all the sins I committed. He told me, “They’re all already paid for. Stop waiting for that shoe and let me show you how much I love you.”

I’ve never worried about that shoe again.

 

It won’t get any better

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Today is National Bipolar Day

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What’s your AQ — Attitude Quotient?

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Standards For Biblical Christianity

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Grape Expectations

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A tale of two Bibles

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What’s your LQ — your luck quotient?

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I can do some things through Christ who strengthens me.

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Hump day humor/Midweek madness

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Laughter is good medicine

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Do I have to draw you a picture?

“Well, [pause] yes,” he said. [Pause again] “Sometimes you may have to.” Continue reading

. . .and on the 8th day . . .

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