Posts Tagged ‘acceptance’

What can we do about the culture of hate?

The first thing we need to do is be sure we do not join it. Jesus talked about removing the plank from our eye before trying to remove the speck in someone else’s eye.  The deeper understanding of this proverb is that the plank and the speck are made from the same substance. In modern…

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Imperfect Resolutions

Military leaders and athletic coaches know that it is necessary to plan carefully and be fully prepared.  They also know that once the action starts the plans will have to be changed.  No plan will ever work to perfection. Somehow when we make our resolutions we expect a different reality than leaders and coaches experience. …

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What does the Bible have to say about tattoos?

When I saw this question I was dismayed. It meant that somewhere there was a preacher or “Bible-believer” that was making tattoos a sin. People are suffering because of human arrogance, greed, rage and apathy. People are suffering because of violence, natural disasters, diseases and unjust institutions. Yet someone chooses to heap guilt and shame…

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What Can We Do When Our Leaders Let Us Down?

What comes to mind immediately is the Bible verse “Don’t put your trust in princes.” (Psalm 146:3) To me that verse reminds us that we are all human. Having wealth and power does not change that humanity which will never be perfect in the use of power or in wisdom. It is unrealistic on our…

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Progress Report

It isn’t as big a deal here in the central valley of California as it is in the great plains, but when you set your goal to reach the mountains seen in the distance, it seems like it takes forever to reach them.  You could become discouraged at an apparent lack of progress if you…

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Why do we witness for Christ?

Possible reasons for witnessing for Christ (if we are willing to admit to them) are: • We believe that we are the only ones who have true saving faith and everyone who is not in our group of believers is going to hell eternally. • We believe we will have a higher place in heaven if…

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