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Stumbling Blocks

should catch our attention. This is not to say that just because a good Christian person makes a mistake and causes somebody else to sin that he or she will end up in hell. Even Christians stumble and make mistakes (. The message for unbelievers, however, should be more than clear. The relevance of this passage for believers, in addition to taking sin seriously in our lives, is to be…

Submit to the Elephant!
I don't really like the phrase "Keep your eyes on Jesus." I have always gotten a mental picture of some meek individual staring up at a picture of a frail malnourished white man gently pinned to a thin cross with a single drop of blood running down his brow. I can't respect that image. That image goes against everything I have known Jesus to be. I can't keep my eyes on that. The man I am supposed…
Suicide Is Never the Answer

Suicide is a heavy topic but a very real issue. Life can come at us so quickly and furiously that hopelessness can invade our hearts. Life can also get just downright boring and depressing and give us time to turn our focus upon ourselves such that we find it not worth it to live any longer. Anger at others, at God, at the world, at family, at friends, at coworkers, or just about anybody can make…

Summer Intentions

Everywhere I look there are people offering advice on how to make my home more beautiful, my career more fulfilling, my money stretch farther, my children happier and healthier, and my body sleeker and thinner. If I had time to follow all this advice and it actually produced the promised results, I would be the richest, most beautiful, coolest mom with a house capable of almost running itself while…

Superstitious Prayer

Aaron Harang, pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, had to know that his start was going to be a rocky one as he faced the St. Louis Cardinals. Standing on the pitching mound for the Reds, he was clearly shown wearing a baseball jersey that said he played for a team in "CNCINNATI." Somehow the company that made the jerseys for the Reds misspelled the city on the front of Harang's away jersey leaving…

Surviving Christmas

The craziness and stress began for some well before Thanksgiving. For others it will not culminate until a frenzied shopping spree has been completed the Saturday before Christmas, which, by the way, this year is on the 23rd!) Many Christians are sucked into this holiday whirlwind with the rest of the world. Throw in a freak ice storm which cuts off the power to thousands (as I am working around…

Swept Clean

(Due to birthday parties, Scouts and life in its usual general chaos, this week has been hectic and this week's column is a rerun of one of my favorites. Hope you enjoy it whether it's old or new to you!)

As you may already know from previous writings, I am a fan of home makeover shows. My favorite is "Clean Sweep". The main reason I like this show is because they go into homes that are…

Swing Away

Tuesday morning I officiated at the funeral service of Della Jane Roberts of Bellville, Ohio. Della was such a great lady in that she never saw limitations, only possibilities. She loved God, loved people and loved golf. One of the reasons she loved golf was the distance she could get out of a golf ball. Let me explain for those of you who don't know golf that well. I used to play football.…

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