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Insights From Mortality

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So here I sit… my mother-in-law, Karla, fighting for life.

We haven’t always gotten along, but somehow over these 33 years of sharing family, we have learned to love each other. I have learned much.

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Pleasure Sorrow Poem

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Yesterday I was thinking about my entry on yesterday’s blog. My mind drifted to a poem I read recently by William Barkley, the great Bible commentary writer. He was discussing the Beatitudes, and specifically Matthew 5:4. As you recall, this is the reference to, “ Blessed are those who mourn…”

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Towers

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In this morning’s huffingtonpost.com, I read eight inspiring stories of survivors of the
World Trade Center attack of 9-11. I also happen to have read Genesis 11, the story of
the Tower of Babel. As I pondered whether there was any connection between the two
stories, several parallels came to mind.

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Signed Up to Suffer?

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“They signed up to suffer.”  I never really thought about it this way.  My studies of the first century church have included the thought that Paul, Peter and their buddies endured hardships.

Hardships are normally unpredictable, so, according my former thinking, they blindly followed Jesus, and the resulting hardships caught them by surprise.

 

 

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Gratitude

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Let’s talk about gratitude… an attitude of gratitude.

We have all heard talks through years about God’s will for our lives. We often ponder God’s will for us in the years ahead, expecting that we will be able to prophesy about our future.

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Discipleship

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We live in a world teeming with wannabe leaders. In previous generations, working up the corporate ladder, or being satisfied with a current career, was the status quo.

Nowadays, newly graduated twenty-something’s are obsessed with the idea of being their own boss, forging their own way. A recent survey found that 91% of their millennial respondents wanted to be a leader. Why work for someone else when you can have your own start-up, app, business, etc.?

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Peace

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We often think of peace as a circumstantial tool, something to strive for but not something that is always present and available to us. Instead, maybe we should look at peace as a defensive tool; something that will guard our hearts and minds, like the above passage indicates.

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The Ways of God

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If you want to do what God wants you to do, do the opposite of what seems natural and you will probably be closer to what God wants you to do.  Jesus makes trouble. He thinks different than we do.  His ways are higher than ours.

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Moving Mountains

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The Scriptures quote Jesus as saying that if you have the faith of a mustard seed, you should be able to tell a mountain to throw itself into the sea — and it would happen.

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Our Identity

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How we behave in life stems primarily from our view of ourselves. This spiritual “selfie” goes through gyrations as we are bounced and bruised through life. Throughout this process, we develop our personal identity. It tends to be the sum total of all judgments made about ourselves, whether they originate in our own minds, or in the minds of others. We choose to believe some and disbelieve others.

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A Thought On Intimacy

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In order to have a truly full life, you have to have intimacy in your relationships. Most people are afraid of intimacy because there is so much hurt and damage in their lives. They don’t want to feel it, and they certainly don’t want others to see or know that it’s there. But to me, letting people into that pain, and going with others into their hurt, is the essence of the cross.
 

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The Gift of Pain

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Recently while was speaking with a person whom I highly respect, I confessed that I was feeling weighed down by certain pains in my life. I mentioned I just needed to find some hope to get past it. Her response stuck with me: “Don’t jump to hope until pain has its full way in your life. Pain is what causes us to grow and become closer to the Lord.” This response wasn’t quite what I wanted to hear, but I knew it was true.’ 

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California Coast

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Just this weekend I was reminded of one of my favorite metaphors. We are all guilty of coveting. I, like any number of my brothers and sisters, tend to covet spiritual maturity. We look at someone, and we say to ourselves, "I think he/she really has it together."

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Thoughts on Perfection

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Perfection is like a prison. We start out laboring to achieve it, but end up in bondage. The perfection we seek is an illusion. But when the TRUE perfect comes, the partial things will fade away. I have strived for perfection my whole life. I know personally how much of a prison this pursuit can become. Unfortunately, I’ve also expected the same of my wife and kids. In doing so, I inevitably set them up for failure because perfection is an unattainable goal. Instead of doing good, this expectation ends up hurting my relationship with them. I’m grateful to the Lord that He has helped them mostly recover from my mistakes.

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