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Words Have Meaning: Love

“Love.” What connotations come to you as you read that word? I imagine that they are almost all positive. That’s normal; love is, in general, a good thing. The problem is that love is not always a good thing, but that is how it is usually portrayed. Think about Jeremiah 2: 25. “. . . but thou saidst, There is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers, and after them will I…

Words Have Meaning: Introduction

Have you noticed how easily the meaning of words change? One hundred years ago, “radical” probably meant something along the lines of “revolutionary,” and it was a negative. Thirty years ago, “radical” meant something along the lines of what “cool” means today (I’m told – I didn’t experience “30 years ago” personally), and it was a positive. Today, “radical” probably…

Be Honest: The Church is Full of Hypocrites

The following is a hypothetical conversation between a Christian and his friend who has already seen too much of Christianity. “No, I have no interest in Jesus. The church is full of hypocrites.” “Yes, it is.” “Wait, you agree that the church is full of hypocrites?” “Yes I do. I’d be willfully closing my eyes to reality if I thought any different.” “Well, then, what does…

Hear the Bells

Just now, I was practicing my (Christmas!) songs that we will sing on Sunday, and as I was singing, I was looking out the windows watching beautiful sheets of (Christmas!) snow fall to the ground. I could not keep physically still. I was bouncing up and down on the piano bench for excitement. Yes, I’m still talking about Christmas, but why are you surprised? People have…

Simple

2 Peter 1:3 “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:” Pastor preached on this verse last Sunday night, and I found myself thinking about it after the service ended. There is a simple teaching of the Holy Ghost in this verse that carries a lot of…

Christian Christmas

There is a lot of discussion among Christians about Christmas. How do we avoid the commercialism of the season? How can we keep Christ in our Christmas and remember it’s true meaning? Ironically, we debate about whether we should celebrate Christmas at all. I am not going to criticize you if you don’t celebrate Christmas. There is enough Christian criticism to go around…

Turn that Frown Upside Down

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. This is a thing you knew, right? If not, you’d better stop reading right now and hope the stores haven’t sold out of turkeys yet. On Thanksgiving, we are supposed to be thankful for the good things we have. This is also a thing you knew, right? I mean, it’s pretty self-explanatory. Don’t you wish all special occasions had their significance…

Happy Birthday Abby!

There is no doubt in my mind, you are the best and most important thing that has ever happened to me in this old world. I’ve never known anyone who can be around me so much and be annoyed by me so little. It’s hard for me to remember how I even lived life without you in it. You are a hard worker. You are easily the most selfless, self-sacrificing person I have ever known.…

Spiritually Obligated to be Criticized?

I was pacing around my office as I read the little book. I don’t get enough exercise. Not that walking around in a circle in my office is exercise, but at least it is motion. But then I read a phrase that literally brought me to a standstill. I am still working on Who Moved My Pulpit by Thom S. Rainer, the very same Who Moved My Pulpit that I referenced in one of my…