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I Don’t Read: The Excuse that Wont Die

How many times have we felt shamed by our insufficiencies about our reading ability? Many of us know full well how bad we are at reading. We know our own struggles with wading through thousands of words, just trying to find the intended meaning of a certain book. We’re left dizzy after not only seeing sentences that are hard enough, but when we have a hundred pages more to go.

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January 9, 2017 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

Next Good Thing

Sometimes we wonder what God’s will is. For those times when He seems not so direct: God’s will is the next good thing. No need to wait around for all the answers.

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January 7, 2017 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

Online On Purpose

It’s almost second nature to have some sort of an online presence. For some, that means keeping up with relatives and friends from a distance. For others, that could be that they are on it for a past time. Others use it for work or advertising. Truth is, most of us can easily fall into the trap of making social media more than it was ever supposed to be.

Social Media as Supplement for Real Life

For whatever reasons that we joined the online space, it probably started out small for us. Uploading a profile picture and a quick bio. Maybe we posted vacation pictures or started a blog to keep everyone up to date with their missions trip. But quickly, you may have noticed that you soon started putting more and more time and thought into what you were posting online.

Often times, as I have seen it constantly, social media use transforms into a consuming venture. At that, it becomes one with limited dividends. Which is where a lot of us find ourselves frustrated and not certain as to why.

Social Media – The Candle Stick that Became the Main Light Source

How many of us find ourselves scrolling to the bottom of the Facebook universe, searching for something insightful, entertaining, emotionally engaging and come up empty? I mean every day, if we aren’t careful, we fall into this cycle where we hope to find something that is revolutionary.

I believe that there is content out there that can be that, but we rely so much on chance when we look for it on Facebook or Insta. We become addicted to the hope of finding something that we can pass our time with. And it’s a hope that we can[t count on. All too often we scroll down and down, just to find the same video from yesterday.

Redeeming the Blackhole

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January 5, 2017 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

To Be at the Service of Others

To be at the service of others alongside people whom you respect. That’s something to spend a life doing.

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January 4, 2017 • Biblical Thinking

Christian Community; Sanctified Conversation

Christian Community Exists Where Sanctified Conversation Exists

This morning I was reading a seemingly meaningless article about a Men’s community group that meets weekly in a town called Beverly. This article gave the unique picture of a group of men actually getting together and talking about bigger things in life than football. Although, I’m sure football makes its appearances.

The group welcomes diversity, and at this time represents Lutherans, Methodists and former Roman Catholics. Therefore the conversation is never dull or limited, always lively, including personal observations about life’s experiences. Sometimes these are expressed in spirited (no holds barred) “male bantering.”

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October 22, 2016 • Biblical Thinking

Needn’t be Wealthy

You needn’t be wealthy
to give plenty

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October 20, 2016 • Biblical Thinking

Smug Christian. No Christian.

Who did Jesus die for? We are quick to answer, “He died for us; for me.” Very true. But why did He die for you?

Christ Died for the Ungodly

Romans 5:6
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

It’s a much-known fact that this stub of rock that we live on is a messed up place. How many poverty stricken people did I pass today? What’s the name of the latest medical scare or epidemic? Who are the people of the world who threaten what is good and wholesome? When is the last time someone grabbed for water and it was brown?

It’s fast and easy for us to think about what is wrong in the world but we are, however, much slower to see what’s wrong in us.

Jesus died for you because he saw the little ball of sin and hopelessness that we all are, and thought it best for His glory, that you should know His name. We were saved not merely from a hell we barely understand but from a life of sin and fruitlessness. The stuff of humanity is awesome and carefully crafted, but it is also now corrupt and tainted.

When the Ungodly Turn to God

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