Eager, yet meager

"For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them. 'Why have we fasted,' they …

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Planning that prevails

If there's one thing most of us share, it's the desire to be in control. For some, it breeds the scheduling and planning that consumes our time, ensuring every hour is accounted for and the tasks of the day are all accomplished. Even the other folks, who appear to be lackadaisical and hyper-flexible with their …

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He loves me, He loves me not

Remember that little flower petal picking game back in the day? Pick a daisy and, one by one, pull off each white petal until the last one is reached and the decision is set in adolescent stone; does the one who's captured your young heart love you, or not? I lead with flowers and their …

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It is all about you

Although I'm almost embarrassed to admit it, I read The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren back in 2002 when it first came out. The only part of the book I still remember was the very first line, "It's not all about you." Many years, and books, later, I would have to disagree, in part. …

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Fatherly fear

Growing up, I feared my dad. He was a force to be reckoned with in our household: always decisive, always clear in his expectations, and always honest, mostly what some would consider brutally honest. However, on the very same token, with the one emotion of fear I had of him, not once did I fear …

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Failure isn’t an option

So often, we're consumed by what it looks like to love God. Are we sacrificing enough of our fleshly desires to please Him? Do we persist in showing Him our gratitude by earnestly seeking to know, and follow, Him with each day? Will we ever figure out how to rightly love others, with consistency? After …

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Is our fruit ripening or rotting?

Fruit is always doing one or the other: ripening or rotting. As often as the fruit of the Spirit is brought to the surface when deciphering the walk of another professing Christian, allow me to add a twist of flavor to this infamous litmus test. To refresh, "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, …

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