Category Archives: Life

When I Don’t Get What I Want

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Sometimes, even fairly often, God doesn’t do what I ask him to do.  Circumstances do not always play out like I had prayed they would.  Shocking, I know. Then what?  As I see it, I have two choices: Whine and … Continue reading

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Questions about God and Evil

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If God is loving and all powerful, why does he allow evil?  Where is God when bad things happen to good people? Fair questions. For many people, suffering, especially that of innocents, is grounds for doubting the love, power or even the existence of … Continue reading

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Sadness and Joy

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Do you resist feeling sad?  When you’re feeling a little blue, do you feel sad about being sad?  Sometimes feeling sad is the only way to feel.  When facing the loss of a loved one or serious personal upheaval it is impossible to resist feeling sad.  Other … Continue reading

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When is it OK to Argue?

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This blog has never carried a controversial tone.  I have intentionally stayed away from topics that might generate a nasty comment thread and not because I am afraid of vigorous debate.  (Ok, I admit I’m not terribly thick-skinned, but I do have … Continue reading

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Overcoming Opposition – Part 2

How does one overcome opposition?  The book of Nehemiah is a study in pursuing a goal and conquering every challenge in the way.  We can learn from him.  Last time we saw that Nehemiah overcame emotional and physical opposition.  Today … Continue reading

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Overcoming Opposition

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Wouldn’t you like to overcome all opposition to your work?  Not that you wouldn’t have any – make no mistake we’ll always have opposition – but that you would be able to get past it and complete the job. Nehemiah is a … Continue reading

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Christians Should Confound Expectations

What would happen if someone began to publicly speak and act according to genuine reality; Kingdom of God reality?  I think that person would completely mess with cultural expectations. Jesus did exactly that. Jesus did not directly confront religious or political … Continue reading

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Is it Possible to Have It All?

A young woman in her twenties recently asked me and several other women of my generation, Is it possible for a woman to have it all? I wish I had asked her to clarify what having it all means to her today. Back in … Continue reading

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Stand in Awe of God’s Yes

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In the three weeks between Memorial Day and June 8th we celebrated a college graduation, an important medical school milestone, the birth of a baby, and a wedding. The busy days surrounding this convergence of major life events featured a vehicle clogged driveway, re-inhabited bedrooms, and a large and lively crowd … Continue reading

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Four Constructive Questions to Ask Yourself in January

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Did you set goals for yourself at the beginning of 2013?  If so, did you meet them?  What are your resolutions for 2014?  Ho-hum.  Same old questions. Keep reading for four genuinely constructive questions to ask yourself this January. 2013 was a fruitful and enjoyable year in … Continue reading

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