Motive?

Have you ever done something for someone else from a pure, unadulterated motive, but afterward the thoughts come into your head about the potential benefits that could come your way for having done it? This happened to me recently. At first, I let my mind wander to ponder these potential fringe benefits, but that only... Continue Reading →

Mindful Monday: Armor Pt. 5

"In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one" (Ephesians 6:16 ESV). We all love to hear about the faith of the spiritual giants who have gone before us. It never gets old. "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for,... Continue Reading →

Word for the Weekend: Conviction

Conviction: 1. a formal declaration that someone is guilty of a particular offense; 2. a firmly held belief or opinion; 3. the quality of showing that one is firmly convinced of what one believes or says. I don't think that anyone is unfamiliar with the first definition. We are bombarded with it in the plenitude... Continue Reading →

Control

I was always the youngest in my class. Starting school at four years old had some advantages, but this early immersion into the world of peer hierarchy, and imposed structure, hit me squarely between the eyes. I didn't realize it at the time, however. Hindsight can be both your best friend and your worst enemy.... Continue Reading →

Fill Your Tank

One of our local TV stations has a daily segment on their early show where they highlight pets available for adoption alternately between three area Humane Associations. Just under nine years ago my wife beckoned me to the TV to see the most adorable puppy ever. My wife was headed out of town for a... Continue Reading →

Jesus Identified With Me

When I was a child my mother read to me often. One of the books she read from was a children's Bible. While I liked to hear all of the stories, my favorite was always the temptation of Jesus. I'm not sure exactly what it was about it that appealed to me so strongly. Perhaps... Continue Reading →

Mindful Monday: Armor Pt. 4

Last week we looked at the Breastplate of Righteousness. Like Roman armor of the first century, the Breastplate of Righteousness protects the vital organs. But like the Roman version, righteousness doesn't keep you completely safe. It's not a cure all piece. We are still vulnerable to attack, but the righteousness we have in Christ is... Continue Reading →

Word for the Weekend: Epiphany

Tomorrow Christians around the world will celebrate Epiphany, the revelation of God, incarnate in Jesus Christ. Generally speaking, it celebrates the coming of the Magi, commonly called the Wise Men, signalling Jesus's appearance to the gentiles. Epiphany also means an appearance of a divine being, such as angels or God. When someone has a revelation,... Continue Reading →

Our Greatest Call

They say that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line; and in this fast-paced, instant-gratification-seeking world everyone seems to be in such a tremendous hurry to get where we are going that we don't care who gets stepped upon in the process. We are anxious to climb the ladder of success as... Continue Reading →

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