The biblical Jacob was known as a schemer who bought his brother’s birthright with a cup of stew, and stole His father’s blessing by pretending to be his brother, Esau.  The account of his life is a continual demonstration of self-sufficiency where not only did he succeed through deception, but he was also the brunt…

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stop button

Technology is so much a part of our lives today that we don’t give it much thought until the computer crashes, the server goes down, or the smart phone malfunctions. Then we feel cut off from everyone and everything, without direction to continue functioning, and helpless to resolve the issue (unless we’re techies). When the…

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christmas-feast

I’ve often wondered how it felt to be one of the shepherds that witnessed thousands of angels igniting the dark night sky in glorious, celebratory praise to our Savior being born. Those men had no pre-announcement or warning of any kind: the routine stillness of the evening punctuated by insect sounds and the crackle of…

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man looking

It is no accident that mankind everywhere is searching for love. But as Johnny Lee sang in 1980: “I was lookin’ for love in all the wrong places Lookin’ for love in too many faces Searchin’ their eyes Lookin’ for traces of what I’m dreaming of Hopin’ to find a friend and lover I’ll bless…

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glue drip

We have an 18 month old grandson who is not yet verbal, but is very busy with discovery and exploring how things work. He has learned how to get on and off his scooter, and can motor with his feet, but has not figured out how to turn. So when the scooter doesn’t cooperate with…

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God created man in His own image, with the main difference being that God is Spirit and man is flesh and blood.  More accurately, God created man as triune being; spirit, soul, and body; allowing for connection from the Spirit of God to man’s spirit.  Man’s soul, composed of mind, will, and emotions, permits the…

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ant working

Years ago in a performance review, an employee said to me, “There are givers and takers in this world.  It makes you Christians feel good to give.  So, I am here to take.”  I was so shocked that I had no comeback.  But since then, those words have caused me to ponder why I try…

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The Ziggy comics featuring the “Complaint Department” are so funny because they are snapshots of real life.  In our culture, complaining is so commonplace that were an alarm to sound every time we had a complaint or an attitude of complaining, the noise would be constant.  Often it starts with having to get out of…

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