Monthly Archives: July 2012

No Shades Of Gray (Or Grey)

Truth is not about fifty shades of gray.  It doesn’t grade on the curve — accepting shades of gray that are closest to white. In the area of ethics and morality, all gray misses the mark of truth.  Gray contains … Continue reading

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The Judgment To Come / What Goes Around Comes Around

Here’s a shocking truth:  The full story of faith in Christ involves human accountability (also known as: what goes around comes around, reaping what you sow, payday someday, and the judgment to come). Let’s step back into history and listen … Continue reading

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Olympics — Thoughts For Spiritual Athletes

Life’s not about achievement.  It’s not about how many medals you (or your country) win.  Life’s about aligning yourself to God and to His will. That’s what matters most in the long haul. “If Christians were putting into their spiritual … Continue reading

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Am I A Victim Of Discrimination & Hate Speech For Being A Tongue-Talker?

I have been a tongue-talker for forty-one years.  (Speaking in tongues is a gift of the Holy Spirit that enables a person to speak in languages he/she doesn’t know.  It is a powerful spiritual experience that fills a person with … Continue reading

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Great Restaurant (But Don’t Even Know Owner’s Views On Marriage)

I discovered a great restaurant 5 days ago and I have already eaten there 4 times (even though I don’t even know the owner’s views on marriage).  If you like a meat & 2 or a veggie plate (sometimes known … Continue reading

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Where Is Evil? In Bad People Or In Me?

When terribly evil acts are committed like a gunman randomly shooting strangers, most everybody is deeply saddened.  We are shocked and awakened to once again realize that there is real evil in the world.  And sometimes we think about it … Continue reading

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Inner Peace In A Troubled World?

Can you have inner peace in a troubled world?  This video uses 4 hand signs and creative sign language to show you how. The icon in the video is from the Abbey of Gethsemani, a Trappist monastery in Kentucky where … Continue reading

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In a country where you can get shot along with 70 others while going to a movie . . . we desperately need God.

A quotation from the ancient prophet, Isaiah: “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.”

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Was Matthias A Mistake? — The Human Need To Institutionalize Spirituality

Was replacing Judas (who had betrayed Jesus) with Matthias a mistake?  Was it a very early example of the human desire to institutionalize church?  Perhaps. The Book of Acts begins with the resurrected Jesus spending 40 days with the apostles … Continue reading

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Should Church Comfort Or Confront?

Should church meetings comfort or confront?  Perhaps both.  Maybe church should “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” However the goal of a church meeting is not primarily to make people comfortable or to be user friendly.  The goal of … Continue reading

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