Today’s Contrarian

rock concert

Several weeks ago, our son attended a heavy metal concert with some friends.  As adults with respectable careers, they decided to relive their wild days by dressing like the band in Goth clothing and make-up.  Their preconcert photo featured two friends as Goths, flanking our son in the middle, who…

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Crossing the Great Divide

mountain-pass

Great divides show up everywhere from schools of thought to geological terrains, but when a great divide occurs between friends, it can be very painful.  Most of us have experienced this unfortunate circumstance.  The well-intended friends who comforted Job by sitting with him in silence for seven days while he…

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400:1 Ratio

chemist

When Israel was divided into two kingdoms, Jehoshaphat, a king who faithfully followed the Lord, ruled Judah, while Ahab, a king who worshipped Baal, ruled over Israel.  The two Israelite nations had previously warred against each other, but now were allied through a royal marriage.  So when Ahab wanted to…

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Where is the Starting Line?

starting line

“The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,a stronghold in times of trouble. 10Those who know Your name trust in You,for You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You. 12For He who avenges blood remembers;He does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.” —Psalm 9:9-10, 12 This is a…

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On to the Next Thing

I admire people who seem to be able to get things done without a “to-do” list.  I am not one of those.  In fact, I often have separate lists for the major items on my master “to-do” list.  Not only do my lists keep me organized and on track, but…

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Look Deeper

mans reflection in shard of glass

The longer most of us live, the more aware we are that what appears correct at first glance is not always so.  It’s almost comical to remember how certain we were of “facts” in our youth that we presently know as false or at least “spin.”  That is probably why…

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So Hard, Yet So Good

Wife begging and angry husband

Few things commanded by God confound us as much as the issue of forgiveness.  Jesus specifically taught on the subject many times, highlighting it in His instruction to His disciples on how to pray; what we call The Lord’s Prayer.  With a paralytic, He elevated the act of forgiving above…

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Challenged To Listen

girl with fingers in ears

Many of us empathize with Martha who felt dumped upon when Jesus and 12 disciples visited her home at mealtime, and her sister, Mary, did nothing to help.  From Martha’s perspective, Mary seemed to ignore the obvious and chose to allow Martha to shoulder the responsibility of all the preparations,…

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