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Suffering…Or, the Feeling You’re Not in Control

Suffering, to paraphrase Richard Roar’s definition is “the feeling that you are not in control.” Being conscious, or aware, that our suffering, this internal disquieted state of our soul, is the consequence of our feelings of being “out of control” may escape us. The suffering, however, does not. The suffering, too, may take many different […]

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What Do I Think When I Think God? I Try Not To. Here’s Why…

What do I think when I think God? I try not to. It makes sense to try not to think too much of God, does it not? I mean, how does one think of God except in ways that are limiting, loaded with ideas and assumptions that are incomplete at best and, most often, just […]

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Now, Here’s an Ancestry Worth Researching: “The Father and I are One!”

Morning thoughts on your real ancestry… Your spiritual ancestry. Try this on for size. Your spiritual ancestry – your real ancestry is revealed in the tenth chapter of his Gospel.  John says that the people were intent on killing Jesus because he was not content with merely breaking the Sabbath, He dared to speak of God […]

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Healing: Do You Want to Be Healed?

Healing. “Do you want to be healed?” asked Jesus of the invalid man who was brought daily to the Pool of Bethesda (John 5). Not everyone wants to be healed, do they? Do you? It is healing we need, isn’t it? Or, is it something else? For much of my Christian experience, the preoccupation of […]

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The Day Jesus Threw God Out of Church

One day, Jesus went into the temple and began throwing people out. Or, is this a story of the day Jesus threw God out of Church? Check it out for yourself. In Luke 19:45-46, we read…    “Going into the Temple, he began to throw out everyone who had set up shop, selling everything and […]

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Wrestling with God: The Day God Lost a Wrestling Match

Wrestling with God. What does this mean? Wrestling with God This is a Biblical myth for which I have had much fascination and attraction over the years. It is that story of Jacob who wrestled all night long with a man, an angel, or, was it God? I suspect it doesn’t matter, though I am […]

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The Secret of Contentment: Christ Consciousness

What is the secret of contentment? Christ consciousness. Contentment But what does this mean? The following is my attempt to explain these words and how they connected to the secret of contentment. When I use the words “Christ consciousness” I am referring to an inner awareness of one’s origin and identity as a temporary human expression […]

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Problems: When Dark Gives Way to Dawn

Problems. We all have them. Which makes all this talk I hear about gratitude all the more problematic. The longer I live, the more aware I am that there are two distinct types of gratitude: The first is SITUATIONAL or CONTEXTUAL; the other is a STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS. Problems The first comes and goes based […]

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Christian-Nature-Nurture: I Am a Christian by Nature and Nurture…

A Christian-Nature-Nurture I am a Christian by nature and nurture. First, by nature. That is to say, I was born into a Christian family. I did not choose this family. I could have been born into a Jewish family in Manhattan or to a Muslim family in Iran or to a Buddhist family in Tibet. […]

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Faith that Makes Mountain’s Tremble…

Faith makes mountain’s tremble. That’s what the spiritual master said. “For sure, I tell you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to over there,’ and it would move over. You will be able to do anything” (Matthew 17:20). Note the following three things…and then, […]

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Christianity is Alive and Well

Christianity is alive and well. My guess is, you were not expecting that. Admittedly, I do write often about what’s gone wrong in the Church…within Christianity. But there is much about which I hope…I exult…I find cause for celebrating. I was inspired to think about this today after reading John Pavlovitz’ devotional reflections at his […]

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How Do You Define Faith?

Define Faith Today I was asked, “How do you define faith?” I’m not sure you can. Isn’t it a little like trying to define God? Whatever you say about God is either wrong or woefully insufficient. Which is why, even when the New Testament writer says, “God is love,” (1 John 4:8) he is both […]

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Why Christianity Needs Heretics

Christianity needs heretics and, anyone who knows Christian history, knows this religion, as indeed all religions, has had its share of them. In fact, virtually every denomination was birthed out of what was labeled heresy by the “orthodox” at that time.

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Make America Great Again…What Does that Mean Donald Trump?

Make America Great Again! I hear it every time I turn on the news: Trump is promising to “Make America Great Again!” I wish Donald Trump would clarify what he means by this. I wish Americans, including myself, were not so quick to believe just anything. I wish the press were braver and more willing […]

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Life Purpose…The Purpose of Your Life

Your life purpose! Can you say with certainty what IS the purpose of your life? Oh, I suppose you can and people do… All the time. But is it real? Or, are they just deceiving themselves? I, for one, cannot say with certainty — not with absolute certainty what my life purpose is: Over the […]

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