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Posts by Deane

Good Deeds

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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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High Stakes

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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Standing

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The prophet Isaiah lived at a critical time in Israelite history where the people were divided into two separate kingdoms: Israel, which had gone the way of idolatry and sin, and Judah, which was not quite as bereft as Israel only because they had rulers who would occasionally obey God. King Ahaz was one. So…

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Who’s Behind the Curtain?

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In the story of “The Wizard of Oz,” everyone feared the great and powerful Oz who appeared as a giant disembodied head with a thundering voice, encased in flame and smoke. Because of his superior knowledge and wizardry, a city was built around him, even though its citizens avoided his intimidating presence. It took the…

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What’s the Payoff?

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Most of us will not undertake something difficult or distasteful to us unless we have a really good reason. The threat of a diabetic coma or anaphylactic shock is usually a good motivator to avoid certain tasty foods and take otherwise unwanted medications. Likewise, losing a driver’s license and serving jail time could keep us…

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When Bad Things Happen

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Bad things happen to all of us, but some seem to get more than their share. If we stop to contemplate it at all, we likely look first for something the person did to contribute to their condition. What about them keeps them from receiving God’s blessing, favor, and/or protection? This question from a human…

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Trapped in the Storm

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On his journey to Rome, the Apostle Paul did not have the advantage of air travel, so he went by sea, switching ships at various ports. Without modern storm detection equipment, Paul’s ship became swamped by an unexpected northeaster that rendered them helpless to navigate. The storm was so violent that the crew ran ropes…

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What’s in a Name?

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Most expectant parents dedicate much thought (if not prayer) to naming their baby. For good or bad, that name becomes an identity element, which means that changing it is a big deal. All of us probably know someone who has changed their name because they felt it didn’t properly reflect who they are. But in…

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