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By On March 8th, 2019

Damaging Lies

Truth has value. You can trust it, plan on it, build relationships on it, and much more. Lies, on the other hand, are valueless, unless you consider negative value. Lies deceive, even including the liar. They can seem to hold some things together for a time but, ultimately, they destroy relationships and reputations.  One thing…

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By On March 5th, 2019

You Are Uniquely Loved

Do you think of yourself as average? Or less than average? Truth is, you’re incredibly special. Although there may be some people who look a bit like you, you’re one of a kind. Even if you have an identical sibling, there are still inherent differences, making you unique. There is no one else exactly like…

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By On March 1st, 2019

Finding Inner Peace

Peace is often defined as the absence of war. That’s one definition, but it excludes a lot. Another very important meaning is “tranquility.” Tranquility is a condition of human existence that not only means the absence of conflict, but refers to an inner quality of well-being, health, hope, and other positive qualities that we can…

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By On February 26th, 2019

Temporary Loss

I’ve found myself burdened by past losses. Having moved away from where I grew up, I truly miss the people I was with most of the time—good friends. I still write and phone them, but it doesn’t feel the same.  I recently retired early, due to serious health issues. I loved my work—especially the people…

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By On February 22nd, 2019

Receiving Forgiveness

Many people are plagued by shame. Sometimes it’s because they’ve done something they’re truly sorry for. Sadly, some people seem to carry a burden of shame that come from oppression and misunderstandings that make them feel that they are worthless.  Perhaps their parents or others imparted that sense.  Regardless of the cause, shame is a…

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By On February 18th, 2019

Seeking Beauty

It’s important simply to stop and take in the beauty of God’s creation. There’s a whole lot of beauty to be found if we take the time. Some of it is spectacular, like Yosemite Valley. The first time I saw it I was rendered speechless. Other beauty is close at hand, like a newborn baby…

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By On February 14th, 2019

Proclaiming Love

Valentines Day has a long history in our culture. It is good to set aside a special time to celebrate our deepest love. I’ve been in love with my wife for more than fifty years. Instead of our love fading through the years, ours has continued to grow. Key to this is that expressing our…

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By On February 10th, 2019

Avoiding Arrogance

I’ve heard people (who should know better) dismiss Christians as hypocrites. I know that some are, as are all of us at one time or another. But there’s a wrong assumption in all of this. Of course the Church contains hypocrites. The Scriptures remind us that “all have sinned, and fall short of the glory…

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By On February 6th, 2019

Suffering and Hope

Suffering, to some extent, just comes with life. On the younger side, children have imaginary and literal growing pains. At the older end of life there’s a different kind of suffering from the aches and pains of aging. But it’s not just physical pain that causes suffering.  Disappointment causes suffering. So do medical problems, a…

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By On February 1st, 2019

Practice Makes Perfect

When I was a young man I worked as a musician. I remember the many hours spent working out fingerings, practicing and practicing until I could play all the notes smoothly, with no mistakes. Then, and only then, I could work on refining the artistry necessary to play the piece as the composer intended. We…

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