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November 5, 2019

“So what do you need to do to feel good about you?  To feel good about life?”

There were many answers that were offered to these questions.  Some of them sounded very biblical and right.

“I need to live in my place of purpose.” 

“I need to recognize who God has called me...

October 17, 2019

Just about everyone has been there.  Where did that come from?  Anger.  Rage.  Words … and maybe actions beyond anything chosen.  A flash point.

When we “lose it,” where does it come from?  Why do we have such elevated responses at times?  In my book...

July 17, 2019

I live it way too often.  My mind won’t shut off.  I can’t rest.  I almost can’t think because the thoughts are coming so fast that I can’t tell truth from foolishness.

Ephesians 4:23 says to “Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.”  When my mind is racing, wh...

June 21, 2019

“What have you done to try to overcome your depression?”

“I haven’t really tried.”

In John 7:38, Jesus speaks of a river of life that can and should flow out from us as believers.  The more basic fact is that there is a river that flows out from us—whether it is a river...

June 5, 2019

Addicts frequently live on a razor thin edge … and not just addicts.  Many of us live stretched to a br

eaking point.  When we live that way, it takes very little to throw us off the cliff.  Life moves from very good to very bad in milliseconds.

I believe that all t...

May 15, 2019

When it comes to living out forgiveness, I find much confusion.  There are two terms that help make sense of how to live out forgiveness in real time: an open heart and current reality.  Forgiveness is not forgiveness until there is an open heart.  Forgive and forget d...

April 17, 2019

My biggest enemy to freedom is me.  Being a person who sees things in great detail is a blessing and a curse.  It gives me a high degree of accuracy in many situations.  But more often than not, it turns inward.  It is the log and the speck in reverse, producing a kind...

April 10, 2019

I second guess myself a lot.  Doing a rather harsh self search is second nature for me.  Guilt has not been my friend.  Most of the time, it rules with an iron fist, dominating my senses to the point where it is all but impossible to hear from God. 

Yes,...

April 1, 2019

Surrender is not easy or fun.  It goes against every instinct of our being.  Add anger to the mix and  surrender becomes that much more difficult.  So how do we get things handed over to God?

Trying to tamp anger down is a futile effort.  The more you squ...

March 20, 2019

It was like popcorn.  One kernel, then the next, then more.  After the first person spoke up, it seemed to encourage honesty on the part of others.  It obviously had not been a good day for the members of the group.

I finally stopped the flow of the group to t...

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