Can you count your spiritual markers?

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Lessons God teaches us

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When DO we all get to heaven?

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Free speech costs plenty!

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What I believe about myself today

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Can we be in two places at once?

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I’m going to write a post on procrastination . . .tomorrow

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Do you suffer from selfie pride?

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Are you in or are you out?

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Three Parts Of Man — Body, Soul, Spirit

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Thou shalt love the Lord how much?

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The best stress relievers. Guaranteed.

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What’s your PQ-your purpose quotient?

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I couldn’t survive without my G.P.S.

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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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What’s your TQ–your Trust Quotient?

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Faith in the classroom

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I deleted a post

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Where will you go when you die?

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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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Why can’t we understand “free”?

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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.

 

A tale of two Bibles

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I can do some things through Christ who strengthens me.

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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

The Shoes of Peace Aren’t Flip-Flops

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What’s your FQ? your faith quotient?

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Are you a Sea of Galilee or Dead Sea believer?

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What’s your WQ–Winning Quotient?

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Baskin Robins Christianity

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The Church can not be separated from the State

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7 ways to resolve conflicts

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Whole lotta shoutin’ goin’ on

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It’s been one of those days

Murphy’s law on steroids.

Whatever could go wrong today went wrong. From the moment I left the house this morning until I crashed on the couch at days’s end. My soft couch was welcome respite.

I regret to say I was not a nice person today. in the throws of multiplemurphys-law setbacks I lashed out at two ladies. Both, in their respective roles were trying to help me. Both were cheerful and pleasant. I was not.

I chose to complain and become one of those antagonistic clients they practice on in  HR customer service training classes.

I sought them both out at the end of our meetings and apologized  profusely and earnestly. I resent my negative responses to people who only wanted to serve me. All I wanted to do was argue and register my dissatisfaction and disappointment. All they wanted to do was help me.

By days end I was exhausted and regreted that I responded contrary to my usually pleasant Type A, never-meet-a-stranger self. I needed relief.  I needed rest.

I came home and opened my bible and read Mathew 11:28-30 several times.  About the third or fourth time I felt His peace wash over me. I was quiet, refreshed and at rest in Jesus.

I’m so grateful that on Murphy’s law days I can always come to Jesus and let Him take away my burdens and my anxiety and give me His peace and I can rest in Him.

Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy-laden,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and
learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls. 
For my yoke
is easy
and my burden is light.

A book of discipline

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Banging on the door

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What resentment can do

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He just loved her

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The Day God Ran

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Isaiah 65: a devotional in the Message

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What is the church doing about mental illness?

Nothing.

But church folks can minister to families struggling with mental illness in effective, loving ways. Continue reading

I’m okay. You’re okay. It’s okay. Okay?

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Go ahead! Take God for granted

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Was God’s creation perfect?

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