Archive for December, 2016

Where Do You Fit In? (Romans 12)

Saturday, December 17th, 2016
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Grace Is God’s To Give Not Ours To Demand

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

Grace is God’s to give; not man’s to demand. No one of course would be blatant enough to admit they demand God’s grace; but words speak louder than we realize. Words such as, “It is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission” demands grace. Words such as, “Authority is not needed since we are under […]

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Going to Church is Dangerous – Luke 18:9-14

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

“Going to church” is dangerous, but the alternative is worse. I have had various back issues since I was two years old. I have been hospitalized three times, recently for surgery, and at age 4 when I awoke and could not walk. Due to the recent situation I have needed to take pain medicine. What […]

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One Day At A Time – Matthew 6:34

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Considering we are grandparents awaiting the birth of our grandchildren, with a touch of melancholy I asked Janet, “How did we get to be this old?” She wisely responded, “One day at a time.” In reality, that is the answer for every “endgame” whether positive or negative. How our marriages will look in 10 years […]

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Listening to Yourself Teach – Proverbs 18:13,17

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Listening To Yourself Teach: Studying with people with whom you disagree can be spiritually beneficial even if you are not having an impact on them. It can help you sharpen what you believe. By this I do not mean help you make better arguments or even remember scriptures for what you want to prove. I […]

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Preaching Credentials – Acts 4:13

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

I got denounced on a forum as a “self-styled scholar.” I have learned to some that others can’t be intelligent unless they cite others for making their point. I love education and would never denounce someone with or without formal degrees. Recently I heard a man cry in his prayer, which meant more to me […]

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When All We Can Do Is Be There – John 19:25-27

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Mary couldn’t do anything to stop Jesus’ suffering; but she could make sure He didn’t suffer alone (John 19:25-27). As Henri Nouwen said, “No man can stay alive if no one is waiting for him” (The Wounded Healer). We all know someone who is suffering. Like Mary, we can’t stop their suffering. Like Mary, we […]

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How To Teach

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

I am always looking for ways to help myself and others teach. Each of these steps are necessary and built upon one another: 1) Inspiration – Respecting the word of God as holy; 2) Interpretation – Understanding the word of God as originally intended; 3) Application – Understanding how the word of God fits into […]

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Ra Ra Religion – Isaiah 53:5

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Ra Ra Religion (Isaiah 53:5): The Physician’s Assistant meant well, but her theological pablum did not feed my soul. After surgery I had my post-op appointment. Because I waited three years, my crushed nerves “might heal in a day, a year, or never heal”. That was her medical opinion. Her theological opinion was, “by His […]

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A Broken Hallelujah – Psalms

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

A Broken Hallelujah (The Psalms) – My faith has moods. Leonard Cohen recently died and so his song Hallelujah has been on the minds of many. A Catholic Priest asked a woman to sing it at his church, but she didn’t think the lyrics were a proper fit. I can sympathize. So she wrote other […]

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