Tag Archives: Christian Living

“We Will Not Quit!”

The parable of Jesus in Luke 18:1-8 has been titled “The Unjust Judge” and “The Persistent Widow. Which is it? Is the parable about an unjust judge or is it about a persistent widow? It’s about both and if we … Continue reading

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Time-Out!

I played basketball in high school.  I remember the conditioning we went through, including stair-laps around the gym and the infamous “killers,” which were sprints that began and ended with jumping.  I remember our coach timing those and making us continue … Continue reading

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Follow Me

“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters–yes, even his own life–he cannot be My disciple. . . . Every one of you who does not say good-bye … Continue reading

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It’s Time for “New” Again

It’s the time of year for new beginnings and new starts.  The need for such newness is highlighted by the glut of advertisements that are targeted at overweight, balding, skin-blemished, and in-debt people.  It’s the promise of something better dangled … Continue reading

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Waiting

My daughter desperately wants an iPod but doesn’t have enough money to buy one.  She’s been trying every angle with her parents and brothers to see if she can beg, borrow, or steal enough to purchase one.  She’s offered to … Continue reading

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Strength

Held in its unyielding clutch he released himself from death, and a horrible death at that.  To make sure eyewitnesses would see that the his formerly occupied burial niche was empty, he tossed aside the two-ton stone sealing off the opening allowing … Continue reading

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The Season of Advent

A front page story in last Saturday’s The Plain Dealer read, “Black Friday brings ‘riot’ in Strongsville, pepper spray in LA.”  Now there’s a great way to begin the Christmas season — consumers gone wild!  As appalling as it is for … Continue reading

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Spiritual Disciplines and Legalism

This month we start up our small discipleship groups at my church.  One of the things we emphasize and hold group members accountable to is their commitment to spiritual disciplines like consistent time in God’s Word, prayer, and Scripture memorization.  Also, … Continue reading

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Rules for Repairing a Toilet

“You’re not supposed to have to use a hacksaw to repair a toilet!”  That’s what I said fuming in frustration the other evening as I was trying to complete a repair on a toilet.  It was supposed to be a simple repair … Continue reading

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Shall We Dance?

I grew up in a “no dancing” context so it would be accurate to conclude that I am no expert on dancing.  The closest I’ve come to any experience is doing the “Hokey-Pokey” and that “shake it all about” still makes … Continue reading

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