More articles in category: Religion And Spirituality

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Is your life out of control?

Is your life out of control? Are you on a continues downward spiral? Is your spouse cheating on you, your bills piling up, have cancer, your kids out of control? Are you at the end of your rope and just can hang on? Is your life out of control???

We all been there. Where we just don’t know where to turn. The best thing to do is let go. Stop trying to control it. Beca…

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AFTER EASTER

AFTER EASTER??

 

Yesterday was Easter. It was a celebration of Jesus’ death and resurrection. On Thursday, he presided over the Last Supper, On Friday He was tortured horribly and crucified, and on Sunday morning, He arose, forgiving all people their sins.

But now its Monday. What’s next? Do you think about your relationship with Christ at all? Do yo…

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perfect love

Excerpts from When Doing Isn’t Enough:

Love is not a feeling. It is an action. It is a choice. We can choose to act loving, even when we don’t feel loving.

If you want an example of pure, perfect love, think about what Jesus Christ did for us. He left the glory of heaven to take on human form an…

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God Loves us, Why Can’t We Love One Another?

God Loves us, Why Can’t We Love One Another?

 

Since this is Easter week, it seems appropriate to me to look at God’s intentions as to our sinful nature, His willingness to give us free-will, and His plan to send us His son to take upon Himself all our sins. To take these sins upon Himself so that God could abide our presence.

It is difficult at times…

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Is the Universe Speaking to You?

 Today I had a lovely reminder of how, if you’re willing to listen, the universe speaks to you just when you need it to.

 So, there I was, enjoying a beautiful, relaxing day with the newest addition to the family, my little missy. I had put her in her carrier, and we were spending the morning tidying up the house, dancing and Listening to LaBelle, the best house mu…

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TIME MANAGEMENT FOR ETERNITY

TIME MANAGEMENT FOR ETERNITY

 

During high school and then after, either our parents or first bosses told us that to become successful in life, we needed to begin managing our time. Time for work, for physical activity, personal advancement, and for rest. These were the exact same qualities we were taught if attending college except to add study...

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I Am Joel and I Am Who I Am

“I think, therefore I am.”  “I am Sam, Sam I am.  Sam-I-Am.”  Descartes, Green Eggs and Ham notwithstanding, “I Am” has consequence.  Some of us may recite “I Am” statements to the mirror when we need motivation.  We can state “I Am” as a self-assertion, or simply as fact.  (e.g. I am sipping excellent cognac as I write this.  Fact.)  Some “I Am” statements are made with …

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What Now! I’ve Hit a Brick Wall

You’ve run into a brick wall, not knowing what to do. Seems there are no options. Hopelessness & despair are your only companions.  Your circumstances hit you like a big wave at the beach, knocking you off your feet. Inside your soul is crying out from the secret places of your heart ‘what now’.

We’ve all been there when our situation seems hopeless. What do we…

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Spring Cleaning

Spring is such a wonderful time. It is that time of the year where the world starts waking up again from its winter long slumber. The weather turns warmer, and the sun shines brightly. Birds start chirping again and rebuilding their homes for the little ones to hatch. Flowers start to bloom and trees start to blossom.

Spring is beautiful and it is the perfect time ...

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The Intuitive Mind And The Rational Mind

Since learning how to tap into my intuition and hear the voice from my soul over the past year, I have often thought about how listening to our intuition is not something that the world puts much emphasis on. This quote in the image above illustrates this perfectly. We live an existence where the utmost importance is placed on seemingly rational, planful actions. As ch…

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In a Short Time, This Will be a Long time Ago

In a Short Time, This Will be a Long Time Ago

 

If you’re married with children, it may seem such a short time ago that you were feeding your child with a bottle. But, it may have been five, 10, or even 20 years back. It seems such a short time in our minds to when we were married, or graduated from high school or college, or got our first job, or any number o…

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OMG! Did I Offend God?

Is the God of the Universe personally offended when somebody texts “OMG!”?  Does the Author of All Creation cower if you mutter “Oh my god…” when you see your credit card bill?  How about “Oh gosh!”?  Golly?  Goldurnit?  We have managed to distill one of the Ten Commandments to little more than a colloquial phrase.  God is bigger than “OMG”.  What do you suppose He meant…

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Jews vs the World – What’s Wrong with Us?

Jews vs the World – What’s Wrong with Us?

 

It seems as if America has been transported backwards, into extremely prejudiced times. We need to remember that God made all of us in His image. It is us, the created, who made a racial or religious distinction.

 

The following story is in Elmer Bendiner’s book, “The Fall of Fortresses…

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When I practiced religion

Excerpt from When Religion Isn’t Enough:

When I practiced religion I was trying, on my own power, to be good by following the rules. I was afraid of what would happen to me if I didn’t follow the rules. I was chronically scared and unsure of myself, always feeling like I could not measure up, that I hadn’t done enough. I did not understand the difference …

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GOD Loves Old People

GOD

 Loves Old People

 

This small article was forwarded to me after numerous people had read and forwarded to their friends. Therefore, the author is not known. However, kudos to whomever.

 

Most seniors never get enough exerc...

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Who am I?

For Proust it was the taste of a small cake that unleashed a torrent of memories that took seven volumes to exhaust. For me it was a simple phone call on an average day.

“Are you Burt Kempner?” she asked.

Instantaneously every decision I made, every friendship I formed, every lover I left, every dream I harbored, every lie I told, every song I ...

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How Do You Measure Your Life?

How are you measuring your life? Is it by the number of “toys” you have or the business successes you have experienced or the achievements of your family? What about you yourself? What measure do you have for true happiness? I learned long ago when I was a corporate executive that it wasn’t the cars or houses or dinner parties that brought me joy, …

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Five Things You Can Do to Change the World

G-d expects of everyone to be kind and charitable all the time not just on Purim or holidays. As such, kindness is a daily requirement. Kindness spans the entire gamut of virtues including charity, compassion, respect, and love. Integrating kindness into one’s own personality requires a more sensitive heart. So what are some ways you can emulate G-d on a day-to-day basis? …

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My So-Called Spiritual Path

“We may doubt anything, except that we are struck with amazement… Doubts may be resolved, radical amazement can never be erased.”

                                                           Abraham Joshua Heschel

 I have to smile when people tell me they’re following their spiritual path. It all sounds so neat and tidy. A quaint country lane. Perhaps some nice…

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Missing Something Big

The foolish adherence of mainstream science to the false dogma of materialism is now more than a century old. And materialism has brought us so much pain! It has forced brilliant scientists to waste their careers in pursuing baseless dead-end theories while it continues to keep humankind in unnecessary ignorance and fear.

The damage c...

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Like Gold

“One day we took the children to see a goldsmith refine gold after the ancient manner of the East. He was sitting beside his little charcoal fire. (‘He shall sit as a refiner’; the gold- or silversmith never leaves his crucible once it is on the fire.) In the red glow lay a common curved roof tile; another tile covered it like a lid. This was the crucible. In it was the…

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Self Reflection and Lasting Change

It’s finally March and we begin to see the light at the end of the long winter tunnel. January and February always feel like such bitter months. However, as a Christian, March also carries it’s own weight as I enter the 40 days of Lent. Almost everyone is familiar with the concept of Lent. It’s the time of year when friends suddenly stop drinking alcohol and churches a…

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God’s Gift – Your Plan – Free Will

         God’s Plan

               Your Gifts

                      Free Will

 

You may not know the plan God has for your life. No problem – He does! God has known since before you were born just what plan He has for you, what gifts He would give you, and h...

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Editing the Bible

Quill Cloud

In the wake of recent terrorist attacks that seem to have been inspired by

holy writ, certain helpful folks have suggested that the Koran may need editing. Well, a certain other book could use…

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Spiritual Lessons

Once you get started, you can never turn back.

I’ll never forget Milda’s words. Her warning tone sounded ominous. What might lie ahead?

Was I up for the challenge? This client was warning me about taking a spiritual journey. I wanted to know, “Why am I here?” “Where was I before this life?” “What do I need to lea...

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Which is Easier?

The heat of the day was finally beginning to fade.  Your shoulder leaned against an unoccupied market stall.  You were positioned so that the lengthening shadows would provide growing relief from the sun.  Where was everybody? The market traffic was languid.  You knew it should pick up for a final hour before sunset.  Shopkeepers sipped afternoon wine while they brushed …

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Then and Now and Love Forever

Then and Now and Love Forever

 

As a young adult, she was continually complaining to her family about the state of affairs in America. There had been, and continued to be, protests against the government. Some of these protests turned violent, becoming uncontrollable riots. In some cases, these riots resulted …

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Old Faithful

Every year thousands of people visit Yellowstone National Park and see Old Faithful. Picture a visitor walking out to the geyser and not seeing anything happening. She lingers for a while and still nothing changes. Doubt begins to form and she comes to the conclusion nothing is going to take place. She tells the park ranger, “Old Faithful is not so faithful after all.” W…

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Just One Glance

Today I woke up at 5:58.

I thought to myself, “Yes! An hour and two minutes all to myself! An hour and two minutes to sip the flavor and heat of fresh coffee. An hour and two minutes to focus—zero in on—embrace, the person of Jesus…”

And then the clock struck 6:00. And my newborn began to wail. Like clock wor…

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Just. One. Glance.

Today I woke up at 5:58. I thought to myself, “Yes! An hour and two minutes all to myself! An hour and two minutes to sip the flavor and heat of fresh coffee. An hour and two minutes to focus—zero in on—embrace, the person of Jesus…”

And then the clock struck 6:00. And my newborn began to wail. Like clock work…

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Life Is A Series Of Choices

Have you ever heard the statement “Life is a series of choices?” To some, that’s too simple, but when you think about it- this is one of the truest statements. Your decisions really do determine your destiny. You make decisions every day that move you closer to your God-designed destiny-or move you further away from it. There is no such thing as just sitting still or putt…

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The Leap of Faith

As I think back upon my journey to attain lasting happiness and success in life I am reminded of the many setbacks and failures I have endured over time. I am also reminded of a particular inspiring and motivating insight provided by Steve Harvey, who is a popular comedian, actor, speaker but maybe most remembered as the host of Family Feud and it was in a…

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YOU Have a SUPER POWER

Did you know that you have a ‘super power’? YOU DO! and not just because you are special (well, you are..) but it’s something everyone has. Their INTUITION. It’s a ‘gut’ feeling, a ‘sixth sense’ , a “knowing” without knowing how.

What keeps many people from being able to tap into their own innate ‘Super Power’ is their EGO.

The “Ego” is the image we have...

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Living from the Inside Out

What are we looking for in our lives when things aren’t going exactly the way we want? We are looking for solid answers. The doctors, your boss, your spouse, your family or your friends – do they have the answers? They may have some guidance but we have the answers – INSIDE. The “inside” is where our intuition lives – d…

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When I Dreamt You…

Sometimes it’s  difficult to see past circumstances that are the true of our reality.  

Sometimes these things speak shadows over our  identities and it becomes challenging to see the light of  the truth of who and what we are.  

Sometimes there is no sense or comprehension of the thought, love, tenderness, care and  intentio...

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What is love?

The true meaning of love, as defined in the Bible, has been corrupted in the common usage of our English language and society. Most often, love is confused with infatuation – that elated, “high” feeling we get when we “fall in love.” This kind of “love” is something that lasts typically less than a year, and unless replaced by true love, results in broken relationships…

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Spirituality – My Journey

Spirituality – My Journey

I know what you are thinking! Here we go again, another person who is going to tell me that they are spiritual. That would have been me 3 years ago. I was brought up a Catholic but honestly was not a practicing one. I would pray at night. Church was not a place I enjoyed as it was in Arabic and didn’t really understand or enjoy the service….

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The Truth Beyond Our Grief.

The loss of a child is one like no other, I only know a taste of it, we conceived our first baby, whom we named Elia Grace, which means “God has answered”, on Valentines Day- and as that day approaches bittersweet memories come with it. We conceived Elia via Intrauterine Insemination (better known as an IUI done through the process of going through infertility treatments…

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Who’s Really in Charge?

Who’s Really in Charge?

 

Ever wonder how some dictator could grab control of his or her country. How did India select their leader, or South Korea, or Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Israel, South Africa, Brazil, and so on? Some countries have good leaders, some not so good. But what about the USA?

We select a leader every four years. It has been don…

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The Rock Eternal

“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.” –Psalm 62:5-6

A rock…a fortress. This is a term used for God again and again throughout the Bible. Consider the implications of this analogy.

In the desert, a rock is the source of shade from the heat.  ...

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Lessons And How They Arrive When We Need Them

Five years ago this fall I visited a magical place called Grail Springs which is located in Bancroft, Ontario. Unbeknownst to me at the time, my visit lit a spark inside of me. One that I now suspect had been waiting to be lit for a long time. This visit was what started the first few whispers in my soul that something wasn’t right with how I was living my life. Looking …

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My Only Son

My Only Son

In January 1991, my son was in an automobile accident and had to be cut from his car and then airlifted to the hospital. With numerous injuries, he was taken into the emergency room as he had massive internal bleeding. The doctors made an incision across and down his back as the doctors feared his aorta had been severed…

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The Great Unknown

What is your name? Or a better question may be, who are you? Joel Gheen wrote an article last week on this very subject titled “What’s Your Name?”, and I recommend you rea…

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America Verses World Countries

 Comparing our past with today and looking at our future

By Kenneth Shores, Rockwall, Texas

This article is my opinion as provided by my research

We have celebrated America’s 240 years of Independence and freedom that no other country in the world has accomplished. During those years, what has made America different from all other countries? Why do …

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Abraham Lincoln’s Faith

Abraham Lincoln’s Faith

 

Image from 2014 National Bible Celebration Week

                                     

 

For a more detailed and in depth study of Lincoln’s faith read Gordon Leidner’s “Lincoln’s Faith in God” on the Great American History (dot) net

 

Lincoln’s faith has been the subject of debate both durin…

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What’s Your Name?

Sometimes we are confronted with something so mysterious that our conscious minds take an automatic shortcut to avoid wrestling the new idea into our existing paradigm.  For the next few minutes, let’s not take that shortcut.  Rather, let your paradigm be shaken, even shattered.  We have an opportunity to peer into truths so big that we might find ourselves reduced to tears…

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What can we learn from life’s challenges?

What is The Law of Attraction? This law is the ancient basis of all human growth. We attract what we think of. So, what are you thinking just at this moment? Is it positive or negative for you? Positivity is the concept that we can build a fantasticly exciting and healthy life if we “pour” healthy thoughts into our cell membranes. Our cells then continue to replicate that …

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Child Like Wonder

     I love kids. They inspire me every day. One day I went to pick up my friends daughter at youth group and she exclaims, “Jesus loves me!” I smile and ask her “How do you know that?” Well knowing the answer. She sang the answer, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the bible tells me so…” I love it. In fact I’m a bit envious of her faith. …

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The Hard Problem

As a follow up to last week’s post about the wonderful Rupert Sheldrake and his pioneering work in studying aspects of consciousness, I’m going to offer you another great TED talk that was delivered by Australian philosopher and cognitive scientist David Chalmers in 2014. Chalmers shares with us here some extraordinary insights about consciousness….

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MY STORY IS A GIFT

Life is a story and gift in itself. However, when your life with its challenges becomes the gift of hope you give to others, that’s a different story (no pun intended). Never could I imagine my story being a gift. It is one that is not uncommon because my experiences are not ones that I can claim alone. However, the journey it has placed me on, is unique to me and on…

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To Heal the World, We Must First Heal Ourselves

It begins with us, ferociously doing our own work. Raising our vibration, choosing from our highest selves. Forgiving ourselves when we falter. Vowing to choose better next time. Breathing deeply. 

It begins with us. Befriending all of our pieces. Inviting them toward wholeness. Uncovering the parts that have been hidden for fear of losing someone’s love.

It…

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5 Life Lessons from Vineyards

There’s an ancient metaphor in which we are compared to grapevines.  Of all the analogies in the Bible, the vine is one of the most consistent.  But why vines?  Why not olive trees or thistles or pomegranates?  Vines are unique.  The beauty of the vine metaphor is lost on those of us who have not spent much time in vineyards.  There is a deep level of comfort and encourag…

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Does God have a Sense of Humor?

Excerpts from When the Glass Ceiling is Stained, Who’s the Architect?:

I have often wondered why God would choose to give the spiritual gift of leadership to a woman who was raised in the suburbs of New York City in a liberal Irish Catholic Democratic family and then plant her in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (one of the most, if not …

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To Tithe or Not to Tithe, That is the Question

 

If you are a Christian, then the answer to this question is simple. If you are not, then tithing is the least of your problems.

 

From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. But you say, How shall we return? Will man…

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Miracle of Faith Changing People’s Lives

In the year 2007, my wife and I joined our daughter and her husband in Temple, Texas, so we could enjoy Thanksgiving together. It was not unusual for Marge and I to enjoy a cruise together, and this year we would be leaving on a five-day excursion after Thanksgiving.

Our ship, The Ecstasy, would leave from Galveston, Texas, and my wife was especially looking forw…

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2016: The End of a Cycle

Leading up to 2017, I saw a lot of posts on the Internet and social media about how people were so anxious to leave 2016 behind. Many people said that they ‘hated’ what 2016 brought. There were also more than a few posts about 2016 being a ‘cursed’ year.

While reading about people’s thoughts and reactions to 2016, I started to reflect on what the year meant for me....

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CHRISTMAS CAN LAST 365 DAYS A YEAR

It’s the 3rd of January. The Christmas season is over and it’s time to take down the Christmas decorations and pack them away till next year. Mixed emotions accompany this for me. Taking them out and putting them up at the beginning of December is fun, exciting and full of anticipation. Putting them away brings some sadness. There is, however, also some relief mixed …

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80-98-100

 

80-98-100

Years past, my pastor was starting a sermon series on Revelation and the end times. I had always avoided this subject as it was just too difficult for my understanding. So, I decided to research the subject to better understand the sermons. As I read more, I got the idea to write a book to try and make the…

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The Power of Revision

Recently, I attended an awards ceremony honoring author Michelle Stimpson for her literary work and involvement in the community. During her presentation, she joked about being a former educator, and the need instilled in her to have a “Show and Tell” moment when she had a captive audience.

She proceeded to explain that the finished product, seen by so many as the onl…

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God Is On Your Side!

“It is imperative that you understand that, as it is recorded in Isaiah 55:11, God’s Word will not come back fruitless.  When you or I agree with God concerning any issue, you have the faith needed to see your needs met.  Speaking God’s Word causes you to see what you desire from God as you trust Him.  God’s Word will not come back void. You may wonder how to start the pro…

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relationship, NOT religion

Excerpts from When Religion Isn’t Enough:

From the beginning of time, God invited the human beings he created to be in relationship with him. His intention was never to give religion to the human race. His intention was to offer human beings a relationship with himself that was personal and intimate. God wants a relationship with us. God is love, and he wants to showe…

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Joy to the World

Joy to the world! The Lord is come; Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare him room, And heaven and nature sing

Joy is often connected with happiness and our circumstances but this is not the joy God gives. Joy comes from an open heart ready to receive our King. As we receive God’s love and allow it to penetrate our soul, the delight of giv…

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Perspectives On Faith

Once Jesus is received as savior, his ways must be adopted to ensure that you, as a believer, walk like Him.  In essence, before you can expect God to move on your behalf, you must abandon your own personal ways and your thoughts.  Until you are able to abandon your thoughts and ways, you will be hindered regarding your needs being supplied.  Time must be spent empty…

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Wait?! Are you kidding me?!!!!

Excerpts from When Doing Isn’t Enough:

Waiting is not popular in our modern society. Immediate gratification is popular. We want what we want now, and we do everything possible to get whatever it is we want now and avoid waiting. Sometimes waiting is unavoidable though and we have no choice but to wait.

We have all experienced times of waiting i...

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Joy to the World

Joy to the world! The Lord is come; Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare him room, And heaven and nature sing

Joy is often connected with happiness and our circumstances but this is not the joy God gives. Joy comes from an open heart ready to receive our King. As we receive God’s love and allow it to penetrate our soul, the d…

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Joy to the World

Joy to the world! The Lord is come; Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare him room, And heaven and nature sing

Joy is often connected with happiness and our circumstances but this is not the joy God gives. Joy comes from an open heart ready to receive our King. As we receive God’s love and allow it to penetrate our soul, the d…

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The Silence Delusion

One of the few trained scientists making a career in studying the greater reality is Rupert Sheldrake. His curiosity about all the many phenomena that 

spring from the fact that reality is based in consciousness has greatly enhanced our understanding of oddities ranging from the sense of being stared at and the fact that dogs can anticipat…

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Believe

I love Christmastime. Especially around children; it is magical, exciting, and fun. One of my family’s favorite traditions is riding the local Polar Express Train. The great theme of the night, “Believe,” is a great way to start our holiday celebrations. Our six children are still all young enough that none have yet even questioned the validity of Santa. They also love …

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WHAT DOES LOVE LOOK LIKE

I Corinthians 13:4-8 says “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perse…

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Cosmic Fly on Heaven’s Wall

You were there even before the Genesis.  You saw, and most of it was too big to comprehend.  Events, beings, rising, falling.  Millennia upon millennia.  But always He was there.  He always had been, and He was always acting with intent.  Then, as if so much had been leading up to this point, there was a moment of pause.  In that moment, it was known that something import…

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How to Fast with Hunger as Your Wise Mentor

Fasting is perhaps the most elusive spiritual discipline. Suggest a weekend of fasting to your friends and you’re not likely to get an enthusiastic response. However, the diverse benefits of fasting are universally appreciated and you don’t have to miss out on them. So, if …

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The Oldest Lie in the Book

What are some of the old scams that have been so overplayed that everybody knows not to fall for them?  A few ideas come to mind.  How about the Nigerian prince who keeps emailing you?  Let’s not forget the guy on Craigslist who wants to buy your listed item, but he’s out of town and needs you to jump through PayPal hoops.  Those are recent scams.  Maybe your parents or gra…

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Suppose there is a God…

Let’s talk about the big, beautiful “what if”.  In this case, “what if there is a God?”  If you are a thoughtful person who is predisposed to life’s big questions, you may already be forming a deep-seated position, preparing your answers, your structured proofs, your life experiences… so many of your spiritual suppositions bubbling up as a result of my simply posing the …