Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Blessing of a Father

Today is Father’s Day in America so many of us are thinking about our earthly father.  In church today the minister invited us to think about all the good lessons our fathers taught us.  What about those of us who … Continue reading

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The World Has Been Crucified to Me

My wife and I were reading from Paul’s letter to the Galatians this morning and this phrase struck me as odd:  “May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has … Continue reading

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My Soul Longs for the Courts of the Lord

How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.  (Psalm 84:1-2 NRSV) In his book … Continue reading

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Out of the Depths I Cry to You, O Lord

Try to imagine you are the one who wrote these words: Psalm 130 NRSV 1   Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD. 2       Lord, hear my voice!      Let your ears be attentive           to the voice of my supplications! It … Continue reading

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The Only Thing that Counts is Faith Working Through Love

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that counts is faith working through love.  (Galatians 5:6 NRSV) I have had pride over some of my accomplishments in the past.  I was in the … Continue reading

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An Oracle Within My Heart

“An oracle is within my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked…” (Psalm 36:1 NIV) The term “oracle” takes us back to ancient times and temples.  Then an oracle was a person or place which was thought to have wisdom … Continue reading

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My Life is Passing Like a Shadow

“For who knows what is good for mortals while they live the few days of their vain life, which they pass like a shadow? For who can tell them what will be after them under the sun?” Ecclesiastes 6:12 (NRSV) … Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning of the Heart

I know I have to do it each year, but sometimes I don’t.  I know I should do a more thorough cleaning than normal each Spring to get ready for summer.  Either with open windows or the ac running, the … Continue reading

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Stress Relief in God

I met with a friend of mine for breakfast this morning.  When I asked “how are you doing?” his answer was “I’m under a lot of stress lately.”  He and I then talked about some unhealthy ways people use to … Continue reading

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True Confessions of a Closet Perfectionist

“For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the … Continue reading

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