Monthly Archives: June 2006

When “What We Know” Really Matters

One of my favorite authors of Christian fiction is Francine Rivers. In Leota’s Garden (1999, Tyndale House Publishers), she tells the story of a rainbow lory (parrot) that experienced a no good, very bad day. The story of Barnaby, the … Continue reading

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Dealing with Depression

One of the life-issues that I am most often asked about is depression. If you follow the preceding link to its source, you will note that depression can be quite serious and require professional treatment. None of us should be … Continue reading

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The Right Hand of Fellowship

June 28th is National Handshake Day. I discovered this tidbit by clicking on a link on my MSN homepage. It took me to an article written by Kate Lorenz, who is the article and advice editor for CareerBuilder.com. This well-written … Continue reading

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Hearing God’s Music x

In Just Like Jesus Max Lucado tells a compelling story of dancers who had no music. They had everything else. They had a fancy ballroom, which was decorated to the hilt. They had a stage upon which musicians could perform, … Continue reading

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Encouragement: Bringing Out the Best in Others

Millions of dollars are spent every year by businesses in an effort to pump up their sales forces in order to add to the bottom line. Pat Summit of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers and Pat Riley of the … Continue reading

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Concerning Prayer and Praying

Think about it… – A simple question: What is prayer? – A simple answer: Prayer is “the language of faith.” – See: Matthew 7:7-8. – Hopefully this post will encourage faithfulness in prayer! – See: Romans 12:12. (1) SOME PATTERNS … Continue reading

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Praying Like Jesus

Ten Principles of Prayer We Learn From Jesus in Luke 11:1-13 I read about a small town that had two churches and one distillery. Members of both churches complained that the distillery was giving the community a bad image. And … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Graduates

Although this post is a bit behind the timing curve, it is something I very much want to share. Earlier this month, our son, Matthew, graduated from Wilmington Christian School. It was a glorious day. My wife and I are, … Continue reading

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Being an Oasis of Hope in a Desert of Despair x

Some people see a problem in every opportunity, while others see an opportunity in every problem. This is most likely attributable to an individual’s temperament, experience and training. With respect to the last item on the list there is great … Continue reading

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The Heart of Discipleship – Seeking God

In his book The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart, Peter J. Gomes, a member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and of the Faculty of Divinity, Minister in Harvard's Memorial Church, and Plummer Professor of … Continue reading

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True Humility

Humility tops the list of the virtues to be sought by God’s children. Jesus places it first on the list of blessed attitudes He endorses. The first beatitude begins, “Blessed are the poor in spirit…” True humility is often an … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Fatherhood

“…Wise children make their fathers proud of them; foolish ones bring their mothers grief.” —Proverbs 10:1 The History of Father’s Day… – Sonora Dodd first had the idea of a "father's day" while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in … Continue reading

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Rainbows In the Sky

While still drinking deeply of the freshness that lingers in the air after a spring rain, millions of parents throughout the ages have asked their children, “Do you see the rainbow?” These inquiries are typically followed by a chorus of … Continue reading

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Did You Ever Wonder?

Below are three phrases, more or less familiar. Before you go any further, read them out loud. Really, read them out loud or you will miss much of the effectiveness of the exercise: Did you read them out loud? Good. … Continue reading

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More About Kingdom Living

Would you join me a bit more reflection on kingdom living? We’ve discussed the importance of embracing Christ’s kingdom claim and living into our kingdom calling as Jesus’ followers, an idea brought to light by Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20. Now, … Continue reading

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Of Egg Cartons and Christianity

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. —Romans 12:10 NIV Egg cartons are incredibly useful and extremely versatile! It would not be surprising to learn that millions of dollars have been spent to develop … Continue reading

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Spiritual Building Blocks

Did you notice that the United States Department of Agriculture recently updated its Food Group Pyramid? Actually, announcements regarding the changes have been widely heralded. They underscore the generally held understanding that good health requires good nutrition. Another important reality … Continue reading

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Because His Grace Reaches Me…

When it comes to the subject of grace, I imagine that we really don’t need is another discussion of what grace is and how we benefit from grace. While there is always more to learn regarding any biblical subject, I’m … Continue reading

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What Is Your Life? x

What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. —James 4:14 NIV Although her daughter told me she would call, I was not prepared for the conversation, when the telephone rang. The … Continue reading

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How-ya’-doin’?

They are familiar words. Many versions exist. Some are rich with local flavor. In California you might hear a pleasant, “How are you?” In Minnesota: “How you’s doing?” Down south a buddy might say, “What’s hapnin’? Or, “¿Qué pasa?” Where … Continue reading

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