Category Archives: Jesus

Cultural Pressure and Finding Freedom

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“What will people think?” We may not have that conscious thought when we communicate, post on social media, or decide what to wear, but let’s be honest, it is always in the back of our minds. A book, The Invention of … Continue reading

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Resurrection Life

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He is Risen! And one day believers in Jesus Christ will also be raised from the dead. So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, … Continue reading

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Lent: A Spiritual Reset

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I grew up in a mainline denomination, and there were aspects about it that I admired and other features that were not particularly helpful. One thing that I appreciated, and that I miss, is its emphasis on the church calendar. … Continue reading

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Hope: An Anchor

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A dropped anchor keeps a boat firmly in its location even when the water is churned up and weather conditions are on a rampage. Metaphorically it has come to signify stability and security. The word ‘anchor’ is used only five … Continue reading

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Blind Spots

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The Chicago Tribune has featured recent articles on cultural blind spots. “That is, everyone is missing a cultural puzzle piece – a movie, a TV show, a museum, a play, a record, etc..” I’m not too worried about missing a … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

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Happy New Year! 2017 is history, and 2018 is a blank page to be painted with another year of happenings. The happenings of 2017 have colored our year, like most other years, with family and friends, work, rest, and play, … Continue reading

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Celebrate Christmas

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Christmas is right around the corner, and our house will be full of our children, their spouses and our three grandsons. To say that I am looking forward to Christmas, to having the whole family together, is a whopper of … Continue reading

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A Life of Pondering

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December features stories of miracles. Angels appeared to Mary, Joseph and to the Bethlehem shepherds announcing the birth of the Son of God, Jesus, the Messiah. For Mary, right in the middle of it all, it must have been a … Continue reading

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Every Christmas is the Best Christmas

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Dan and I do not remember our first Christmas together. Still newlyweds, we were loving life and loving each other, working at challenging jobs, and our families were both out of the area. I was surprised to find the Christmas … Continue reading

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Advent Anticipation

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When I was a kid, Advent was always marked by an Advent Calendar. My siblings and I took turns opening the tiny door each day, and we appreciated the surprise inside. The real treat, however, was that Christmas was one … Continue reading

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