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Another sad day. And yet, … 2

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Learning from dogs

However, there’s another choice – remember the sadness, acknowledging the hole left in our lives – but also remember all the happy times, the things they brought to our lives, and the things they brought and continue to bring to other people’s lives.  


Joel Osteen – “God uses people to push you to where you’re supposed to be.”

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Why the government can't save you

Yes – it sounds like I’m picking on Joel Osteen.  Sounds like I’m even judging him. … So I’m not picking on Joel Osteen. I’m reminding us – all of us – that God really did leave us to take care of things for Him.  Yes – with the Holy Spirit – but still with us as the physical beings allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us.  


The problem of “Fear of the Lord”

This entry is part 14 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

This confirms what I’ve often said here – when we get our English translations of the Bible, the words used just do not get across the intent of the authors – they don’t paint an appropriate picture of what was going on at the time – the emotions and feelings involved – and therefore, we don’t truly understand or appreciate what the Bible tries to tell us.


The problem of “fear the Lord”

This confirms what I’ve often said here – when we get our English translations of the Bible, the words used just do not get across the intent of the authors – they don’t paint an appropriate picture of what was going on at the time – the emotions and feelings involved – and therefore, we don’t truly understand or appreciate what the Bible tries to tell us.


The problem of FUD – Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt

This entry is part 12 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

When you’re knee deep in alligators, it’s hard to remember that your original task was to drain the swamp. When we’re up to our necks in suffer grief in all kinds of trials. – sometimes it’s hard to remember the original task was receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.


Our story will end well. (If we really want it to.)

I feel like the quote above is a bit “dangerous”.
There’s a condition built into the quote. But the conditional word is absent. It’s implied. And it’s too easy to think that it’s not even there.


Jesus, water, storms and …

Often, people think the Bible tells us that God will never give us more than we can bear.
Context – that’s not really what it says. Jesus’ own disciples, except one, died horrible deaths. …
No – what the Bible really teaches us is that with God, all things are possible.


God versus religion – why

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series God versus religion - why?

Sometimes we can know for sure that followers of God don’t all hear from Him – like when two sets of people who know for sure they “know God’s voice” are saying two very different things. Both insist they are right about whose voice they hear – and what that voice is saying. Neither will say the other is wrong. Both just insist they are “right”.


Sometimes you’re the Louisville Slugger …

… when you’re the batting practice ball. At least if you’re a ball in the big game – tied at the bottom of the ninth with two outs – you’ve got a chance for glory. But when you’re the batting practice ball – you just get hit over and over – with no chance for glory.


Wanting to be found – but hiding to not be found.

We do the same thing with God It’s “fun” to be a new Christian. There’s the excitement. Lot’s of people are happy for you. Even the Heavens rejoice.
But then, …


What’s the significance of people living to about 120 years?

You know how when you read those parts of the Bible you tend to skip over them? You probably just skipped it now. … if they are mentioned again, it probably says something about their heritage anyway. And failing that – if you really want to know who someone was, just Google them. What’s the big deal?


The problem of sanitized evil

This entry is part 4 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

Anyone who thinks otherwise – either they don’t know what evil really is, because they haven’t really looked at it – or they have looked at it and want even more of it.


Who cries for you?

So the next time we’re feeling bad about our lives, feeling like no one cares enough to cry for us, we just need to remember that someone did cry for us.
Jesus cried for us. No one loves us more than Jesus does. No one.