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Spirituality: What Does It Mean to Be a Spiritual Person?

The first thing God said to Moses was, “Take off your shoes” (Exodus 3:5). Why? Freshly laid carpet? Hardly, although sometimes I think that Hank, our newest dachshund family member could show a little more respect for his new home and stop taking a poop on the decorative carpet that covers a portion of the […]

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Fears: How I’m Learning to Manage Mine

Fears I think I have always lived slightly afraid of something. • I am not afraid of being attacked like a soldier must feel on a battlefield. • I am not afraid of falling off a cliff, although I would be if I did not avoid heights. • I am not afraid of being struck […]

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Change: Making Real, Lasting Changes in Your Life

Change. Sooner or later, everyone wants to change something.  We begin each new year resolving to make changes… In our relationships; In our priorities; In our health; In our personal fitness; In our eating habits; In our ambitions; In our careers; Even in our beliefs. Within weeks, however, many of the changes we set out […]

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Becoming a Better Listener: Clearing the Wax from Your H-EAR

There is no greater need than the capacity to hear. I am not referring, however, to audible hearing, as important as it is. I am referring instead to the capacity to hear at a deeply intuitive level. Becoming a better listener at this level would enhance every aspect of your life. Clear the Wax from […]

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Believing: It’s All a Child Does for a Living

Mark Nepo is beautiful in his devotional today… “Believing is all a child does for a living…” As a child I used to talk to things–birds that flew overhead, trees that swayed slowly in the night, even stones drying in the sun. For years, though, I stopped doing this freely because of what others might […]

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Better Life? 3 Ways to Live a Better Life in the New Year

Want to live a better life in the new year? I can think of many things our world needs. I can think of few things the world needs more, however, than this: better people living better lives in a world gone very wrong. “What is a better life?” you ask. 1. A Better Life is Life […]

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The Kingdom of God: What Is It?

“Seek first the kingdom,” counseled Jesus, “…and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). When I read these words, I have several questions. 1. What is the Kingdom? 2. Why should the Kingdom be sought? 3. If I were so inclined, where would I seek the Kingdom? 4. What “things shall be […]

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Generosity in Giving: Best Motivated by Storytelling

Generosity in giving is best motivated by storytelling. “Once upon a time…” Not this kind of storytelling. But who does not love from time to time, a good “Once upon a time…” kind of story? The kind of storytelling that best motivates generosity in giving is the personal and authentic. My name is Steve McSwain. […]

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What to Do When a Pet Dies

When a pet dies, what do you do? This post first appeared on my BeliefNet.com blog. Last Wednesday, we said “Good-bye” to our beloved Oscar, a mini-Dachshund, who brought to Pam and me more joy, laughter, and companionship than I can describe here. I have never cried so much in all my life. Will I […]

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Growing Old: How Does Anybody Do It?

The recent public storm over actress Renee Zellweger’s changing facial look is raising the age-old question about growing old: How does anybody do it? You don’t. Growing old does you. That’s the conclusion to which I have come, anyway. Nobody grows old. You just wake up one day and realize you are. Dress up aging […]

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Know God – You Can, You Know

How to Know God Or, Making Room for More…of God Matthew 22:1-14; Philippians 4:1-9 How to know God. I get that question a lot. I’ve asked that question a lot. Jesus once told a parable of a Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14). A king prepared a huge party…a wedding party…for his son. When the party was […]

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Faith…What Is Faith and How Do I Live by Faith?

Faith. What is it? How do I live by faith? Faith! What is it? How do I live by faith? These are two of the questions that I am constantly asking myself. The word faith is, for example, greatly misunderstood. In the English language, we have no verbal form of the word for “faith.” As […]

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Suicide…an Unpardonable Sin?

Suicide Saint Augustine believed this in the fifth century and, as a consequence, this became the Church’s position regarding suicide for centuries. But Saint Augustine was wrong about this, just as he has been wrong about many other things, including “original sin.” For most of my life, I have let the Church do much of […]

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Cheek Turning: Completely Impractical Words Jesus Spoke

Cheek Turning: “If someone strikes you,” counseled Jesus, “turn the other cheek!” Completely impractical words, wouldn’t you agree? Who does this? You get sucker punched on one side of the face and you’re supposed to submissively turn the other cheek, too? Give me a break! Such nonsense could never possibly work. Just ask the Jews. […]

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Authentic Life? Or, Living to Just Fit In?

Want to Live The Authentic Life? But feel as if there are times when you don’t quite fit in? I know exactly how this feels. In fact, I have lived the greater part of my life auditioning for the approval of others…dancing to everyone else’s tune…doing everything within my power to be liked, accepted, impressive, and […]

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