Happiness vs. “If Only”

Thinker statue

The minister’s sermon was on the Matthew 10:16 idea of  “wise as serpents, innocent as doves.” His focus was how Satan zeroes in on the one thing we crave…and uses it to distance us from the Lord and bring us down. He told of Eve, who couldn’t be happy with all she had—had to have the fruit from that one…

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Can’t Win Without Good Seniors

On March 22, 2019, after the University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team was defeated in the NCAA tournament, Coach Mick Cronin was asked about the year the team had had. This team had lost key players from last year, and many (most?) people had predicted a losing season this time. Coach said he’d learned something long ago from his father…

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A God Problem?

smiling black woman

A friend I’ll call Meeka is a sassy black lady. She’s the rare type of person who can speak her mind bluntly and get away with it. Very open about her faith. One day a friend said, “Meeka, I don’t get how you just talk, sorta face-to-face, right to your God. I could never do that with my God.” Meeka…

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Dogma Double-Talk

I read an article titled “Awakening Avalon” in Whole Living magazine’s Nov/Dec 2016 issue (flip to page 13 here to read it). Author Tara L. Robinson, a New Age high priestess, calls us to get in touch with our own divinity and let the magick flow. She made a point of saying that she doesn’t like dogma . . .…

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Tiny Witness

two little girls

Christians sometimes fear they don’t know enough to evangelize/witness to someone. But we can always start with what we do know. When we were living in Japan, I happened to overhear a conversation (in Japanese!) between our daughter, Karis, and the little neighbor girl, Masae, as the two kids sat out in the sunshine. Of course, Masae knew nothing of…

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