Category Archives: sin

Is it OK to do this on Sunday?

To break the ice at our Discipleship Essentials class, we were told to share what our big questions are about Christianity. A man at my table said, “Well, we were sort of wondering….” He looked at his wife and said, … Continue reading

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Learn from a Nosebleed

Three days a week I pump, kick, push up and squat with a group that has been sweating together at the Y, some of us for five years, others joining more recently. The other day, my nose started bleeding. (Too … Continue reading

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God sayeth, “Hold the fries.”

My brother has a learning disability, is obese, and spent time in the hospital with congestive heart failure. He’s held the same fulltime job for nearly 30 years and lives on his own in an apartment. He often surprises me … Continue reading

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Mad, Sad & Need Help

My brother is mildly retarded, yet competent in debating politics and straightening you out about pro football team standings. He’s an encyclopedia of 80s rock music and can pronounce the names of dinosaurs as if reciting poetry. He lives on … Continue reading

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Isaiah, God and Me (with some swearing)

A section in a workbook about GRACE instructed me to read Isaiah 6 three times slowly, and then answer some questions. I read Isaiah 6. Twice. Here’s the NLT: 6 It was in the year King Uzziah died that I … Continue reading

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It Happened When You Were Little

Habit vs Freewill How many of our habitual behaviors were first deployed when we were children, too innocent and under-equipped to defend against, deflect or rationalize an emotional upheaval? How many of those habits are no longer appropriate at all? … Continue reading

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RSVP to My Pride

As I read C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity, I often thought, “Man, he’s brilliant!” and admired his skill using analogies and logic to illustrate and clarify. Then he hit me up side the head with a point about pride. He writes that pride is the … Continue reading

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Bondage and Carrots

“When you are with other people, you often lose sight of My Presence. Your fear of displeasing people puts you in bondage to them, and they become your primary focus.”  I closed my Jesus Calling devotional book and mulled over … Continue reading

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Heart Trouble

My brother is 49, mildly retarded, and overweight. After his release from the hospital for congestive heart failure three years ago, I’d hoped he’d heed the wake-up call to eat more healthfully and lose weight. One-eighty would be a nice target. … Continue reading

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Who in Your Life is a Josiah?

Josiah, God’s Leader TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman 06-28-2013 “Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the LORD as he did – with all his heart and with … Continue reading

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