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Vainglory, Obsolete?

Vainglory is an old-timey word, like ice box or gallivant.  Obsolete or not, I have a longstanding relationship with being smug about my achievements.   The other day a transaction that should’ve taken 10 minutes, took almost an hour. At … Continue reading

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Hang-Ups vs God’s Word

Hang-Ups – Default templates guiding my day-to-day decisions, big and small. Do my templates align with God’s Word? Do they limit me and my living out God’s purpose for placing me in this spot in this time? Do my templates … Continue reading

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What’s in Your Wallet? (unique way to reconsider daily baggage)

Guesstimate: How much cash do you think you’re carrying? $______ Empty your pocketbook, tote bag, wallet. From the third person point of view (he/she, his/her) write assumptions a stranger might make about the person who carries the items in that … Continue reading

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Have You Had “The Conversation”?

I approach self-published books with lowered expectations. Calibrating my expectations was not necessary for “The Conversation” by Mike Gannaway, published by WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson & Zondervan. “The Conversation” shimmers with some of the same vibe as … Continue reading

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Atheist Reads “Born Again” Story….By Mistake

 My friend, Edie, posted an article on her facebook page. The article was by a pastor writing about what he would do if his son were gay. Naturally, he mentioned God. Edie’s friend, Nina, commented, “Really beautiful, except for all the … Continue reading

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“You’re Welcome!” (not)

Traffic is heavy, moving like a dried up earthworm. Good Christian that I am, I flash my lights to signal to the driver in the crossroad that he can enter the main highway, even though I have the right of … Continue reading

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My bad hurts others

“You cannot run from the Lord without inflicting heavy damage on other people.” * When we sin, we hurt other people. Can you think of an exception? Can any sin be innocuous? Even if the sin is “private” and unknown … 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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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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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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