Monthly Archives: September 2006

Concerning Challenging Choices

Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend have written an excellent book on the topic entitled “Boundaries”. They assert that “having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. A boundary is a personal property line that marks those … Continue reading

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Yancey Sends His Greetings

Many of us have been blessed by the writings of Philip Yancey. I certainly have been. He writes a feature for “Christianity Today” called ‘The Back Page’. In his most recent article he writes about a place where hope and … Continue reading

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Why We Need Revival

“Why” is such a small word. But, it opens the door to an incredibly big world. When our children are small, they ask us thousands of times, “Why, Daddy?” We have good answers for them, most of the time. When … Continue reading

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Reading the Old Testament

Bobby Valentine is one of my favorite bloggers. He has posted an impassioned plea for ministers to preach from the Old Testament. Here’s a link to this post: Preach from the “Old Testament” #1. He followed this post with a … Continue reading

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“I Will Help”

Although our life-paths have taken us in different directions in recent years, Rusty Smith is and always will be a dear friend. He was one of my spiritual shepherds during the last few years I lived in Kansas. I moved … Continue reading

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From South Africa – 2006.09.25

Here is Tarrah’s latest prayer letter. It came via email today. My previous post gives you a bit of background. As I mentioned there, Tarrah and her family are working with WEC international in South Africa. Please join me in … Continue reading

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From Colorado to South Africa

When I think of the blonde-haired-girl from Colorado named Tarrah, the first thing that comes to mind is her sweet smiling face. My heart is warmed as I reflect on her pleasant disposition and my soul is stirred as I … Continue reading

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Since You Have Been Raised With Christ x

Have you ever stopped to think about the monumental challenge which was the mission of the Apostle Paul? He was tasked with the responsibility of taking a completely new way of being human into a world that in many ways … Continue reading

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Of Parodies and Realities

I’ve started trying to keep my weekends blog-free, but this post can’t wait until Monday. I mentioned Professor N.T. “Tom” Wright’s little book “What Saint Paul Really Said” in yesterday’s post. In fact, it was the centerpiece of the post. … Continue reading

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Is Our World Ready for Christianity?

Through the years I’ve heard a great deal of conversation about the state of affairs in the first century world which impacted the initial spread of the Gospel. One line of reasoning that has been suggested by historians and theologians … Continue reading

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Needed: Redemptive Churches

Someone asked me, not too long ago, “What kind of church do you preach for?” Interesting question, isn’t it? I’m asked this quite often. You probably hear similar queries. It has been my observation that such inquiries usually seek to … Continue reading

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“Who Done Its”

Mysteries are one of the most popular and entertaining types of fiction. Millions are captivated by the idea of figuring out “who done its?” Interestingly, many “who done its” regularly go unsolved around the church. Perhaps this is because most … Continue reading

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You Make a Difference

Look anywhere you wish in the Bible and the significance of the individual servants of God stands out. There is Noah surrounded by wickedness. Abraham in Canaan, a land of idolatry. Joseph in Pharaoh’s prison. Moses in Pharaoh’s court. Samson … Continue reading

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What do you think?

What do you think of the new look of the Spiritual Oasis? I’d like to hear your feedback. The photograph that I’m using for the header is courtesy of Jonathan Hey. I found it by searching images at Google. Jonathan … Continue reading

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Remembering Chris Bullard

  In Loving Memory of Chris R. Bullard   September 21, 1948 – September 14, 2006 Dr. Chris Bullard, a long-time friend and fellow minister, suffered a heart attack and died suddenly Thursday, September 14. Dan Knight, minister of church … Continue reading

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Heroes in the Faith

The folks listed in Hebrews 11 are often referred to as the Hall of Fame of the Faithful. Hebrews 12:1 seems to suggest that we are to think of this group of people as a “great cloud of witnesses” that … Continue reading

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Life’s Troubles

I recently spent some time with a young woman who has seen her share of life’s troubles. Even though she was sort of involved in church as a young person, she had never really heard how much God loved her … Continue reading

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Ask Me About My Jesus!

Grandparents are interesting creatures, aren’t they? They just seem to glow at the very mention or the thought of those precious jewels, their grandchildren. You’ve surely seen the bumper sticker which solicits our inquiries. In essence it states, “Go ahead, … Continue reading

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What Can I Do? (#2)

Because of the exceptional circumstances of the five year anniversary of September 11, 2001, the Spiritual Oasis has shifted its focus over the previous few days. It is my intention to return to inspirational essays based on the Scriptures with … Continue reading

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Remembering 9/11

We Americans have an interesting way of setting things in context. When reflecting on major historical occurrences we will say something like “I remember where I was when I heard that…” This is our way of saying that the event … Continue reading

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