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Not a Hallmark movie

Not a Hallmark movie

Well, I just finished watching another Hallmark Christmas movie. My wife, Debbie, loves these movies – and I love my wife – so we watch as many of them as a DVR can hold during the season.  A Hallmark movie is pretty formula. Girl has bad breakup and wants...

It’s not sin … yet

It’s not sin … yet

Some Christians have the strong belief (or at least the opinion) that believers should never be angry. Often in ministry sessions people relate something that was said or done to them, find themselves exhibiting anger about it, and quickly recant that...

How to kill a plant

How to kill a plant

There are basically two ways to kill a plant. One is to whack it. Fundamentally, whacking is intentionally (even unintentionally) doing something TO a plant. Whacking comes in various forms. I have been known to be a little careless with the string trimmer or even the...

Without Me…

Without Me…

John 15, verses 1-8, records an incredibly clear but also challenging word picture from Jesus. The section is labeled "The Vine and the Branches" in many Bibles. I love all eight verses but there is one phrase in verse 5 that is consistently on my mind: "apart...

Best to stand still.

Best to stand still.

I took on the neighbor’s wild blackberry vines – and almost lost the battle. Our house is backed up to a green space, a swampy conservation area full of trees, land that thankfully will never be developed into homes. But as beautiful as that area is, it has a mind of...

You need to be committed…

You need to be committed…

“Well, in spite of what happened, I am committed to this marriage!”  At first glance that statement, spoken in the midst of a struggling or failing marriage, sounds encouraging, hopeful, even heroic. And to a great degree, a commitment to not give up or walk away...

One blade does matter!

One blade does matter!

While visiting a friend recently, I happen to look up and noticed the ceiling fan, which was intended to have five blades, had one blade missing. Of course, the preacher in me had to take a picture; it is amazing the kind of things that can end up being a sermon...

Something of Eternal Value

Something of Eternal Value

"I just want to do something, be involved with something that has eternal value." I would hope that would be the desire of every believer in Jesus Christ; that we could somehow really comprehend that we are just "strangers and foreigners" in this world; that we have...

Am I unteachable?

Am I unteachable?

A few weekends ago I shared this thought: Jesus says, "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.....and you will find rest for you souls." (Matthew 11:29) Not "poof" but "pull". Thankfully we are not left to pull alone – unless we choose to do...

forgetting and remembering

forgetting and remembering

“When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, who are Levites, carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.”  (Joshua 3:3-4)...

A rock for God

A rock for God

“I am going to paint a rock for God. I think He’ll like it.” I think children are capable of helping us understand one of the many aspects of generosity. I can easily think back to numerous Christmas times when I was surrounded in my home by my adopted grandchildren....

How, What, huh?

How, What, huh?

Today I am thinking of how a man who has been walking with God for a long time inspired and challenged me with a simple comment – one he is not even aware impacted me.  I am relatively self-aware. I would describe myself as practical and realistic, which most...

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