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Becoming A Better Listener

Hearing refers to the sounds that enter your ears. It is a physical process that, provided you do not have any hearing problems, happens automatically. Listening, however, requires...

Quick Fixes

As I look back on my life, I can see that many times I would try to apply a quick fix to spiritual issues. I would always get excited by the latest book that would promise something along the lines of “40-Days to Purity”, or “6-Months to Freedom”, etc. Part of what excited me about books like these is that I was attracted to the promise of a quick fix in no time at all.  In 40-days I will never…

Slinging Mud

When I was a kid I remember playing in the dirt and mud with my Tonka trucks. Those times were fun because there was something great about getting dirty. I also remember that sometimes my friends and I would have mud fights, and while I valiantly tried to win the "war" by escaping mudsling after mudsling, I often came home covered in mud. Today I no longer play with trucks in the mud with friends…

Our Feelings

“God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too - your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is…

Fresh Sails

"Create in me a pure heart, O God"...

That’s the familiar tune we all know, but the writer of The Message puts it as follows,

‘Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean, scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life. Tune me in to foot-tapping songs, set these once-broken bones to dancing. Don’t look too close for blemishes, give me a clean bill of health. God, make…

Swipe Right

Our culture is about fast and easy access. Our phones are the fastest they've ever been, our food is cheap and our transport is fast. I've always wondered if this way of thinking spills into other aspects of our lives? Does this affect the way we talk to people? How we think about life? Is that how we approach our relationships?

With respect to relationships, it seems that our high-paced…

Total Forgiveness

Does unforgiveness affect us as believers? I think many of us would agree that it does. So then why is it hard to forgive some people? As someone who has harbored unforgiveness towards others more times than I care to admit, I know this is still an area of growth for me.

Sometimes I find it more comforting to hold on to the offense than to walk away from the disappointment, anger, frustration,…

Keep Pursuing

I am always being challenged in my walk to pursue greater maturity that reflects Christ in all that I do, whether in a public or private setting. I believe that the pursuit of greater spiritual growth is not dependent upon my feelings but upon His command to FLEE immorality (1 Corinthians 6:18), be STRONG in the Lord (Ephesians 6:10), and PURSUE righteousness (2 Timothy 2:22).

We can only…

Resentment and Envy

I would like to encourage you with a verse that I have highlighted in my Bible. It is Job 5:2 and it says:

"Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple."

There are times in my life where I have held on to resentment or envy. I have felt resentment before not only towards others but also towards God. I have held resentment towards God when I did not receive something…

Thank You, Harvard!

In the beginning God created everything and it was good. Everything, except the fact that man was alone. About that God said, "It is not good...." (Gen 2:18). And, the results of a 75-year Harvard study have now proven God right (as if there was ever any doubt!). These results show that the secret to a long, happy and healthy life lies in relationship – not the number of but the quality of the relationships.…