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How to Live a Diminished Life

  Is your life such a treacherous journey that you only get into heaven by the skin of your teeth? It is true that life is often hard. Unfortunately, we often make it more difficult than it would have to be. … Continue reading

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The More Important Things

Jesus denounced the religious leaders (in Matthew 23) because they emphasized things at the expense of more important things. “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest … Continue reading

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Trusting God in Times of Transition

In the squalor of an Egyptian prison, an innocent man lived for many years.  But one day the king summoned him to the palace.  So he washed and shaved.  When he arrived at the palace, the king told him about … Continue reading

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Healthy Self-Confidence

I met a young US Marine this past weekend.  He exuded an appealing level of self-confidence.  He stood erect, he spoke courteously, and he had a bearing that said that here is a person who is capable of leading.  He … Continue reading

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You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are

“You are stronger than you give yourself credit for.” Some people who know me well have told me variations of this same thing. I’ve been returning to that thought repeatedly recently. In a Bible study at church yesterday a man … Continue reading

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That Which Doesn’t Kill You

…makes you stronger. This is what my sons’ basketball coach tells them as he pushes them hard. This quote juxtaposed against my analysis of my Mennonite upbringing offers a new and refreshing perspective. It is a good quote because it … Continue reading

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O How He Loves Us!

Two Contrasting Truths Within Christian theology there are two great truths that seem to stand in conflict with each other. On the one hand we know that within our fallen nature there is no good thing. Across the world and … Continue reading

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