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'I might need that' my guiding philosophy

“I might need that.” Step into my garage, my office, my shed, or my closet, and you’ll quickly discover that those four simple words are the guiding philosophy of most of my life and all of the...

 

Tech is smart these days, but lacks wisdom

I wish my phones were a little smarter — both the smart phone that lives in my pocket and is too often screwed into my ear, and the landline phone whose cordless babies are strewn all over our...

 

Good hearts have room for lots of songs

I keep thinking that the folks up, way up, at the Red River Community House (Red River, New Mexico, elevation 8,650 feet) will one day wise up and get tired of us, but they haven’t yet. So last...

 

Mountain trip reaffirms love and wonder of God

My wife and I were in Colorado recently. Living on the aptly named High Plains of Texas, at a tad over 3,800 feet in our particular part of those plains, we’ve got a pretty good start on altitude...

 

Jesus angled for unity, not division

“Teacher,” John the Apostle said to Jesus, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.” (see Mark 9:38). The disciples were royally...

 

Short words, old words, best words: God is love

Winston Churchill asserted, “Short words are best, and the old words when short are best of all.” So may I suggest three — very short and very old; when lined up and strung together, they are...

 

I love to 'lift up my eyes to the hills'

Something about the mountains my soul needs regularly and loves always. There’s just something about gaining altitude, heading up! “I will lift up my eyes to the hills,” writes the psalmist as...

 

Only God can meet perfection's standard

Twisted pride is one of perfectionism’s pernicious symptoms. Perfectionists like to think they are a cut above ordinary folks. We have, we think, higher standards, work with more diligence, and see...

 

God's signature on new covenant a wonder

How long do you have to live to learn to be really careful before you sign anything on that famous “dotted line?” It seemed so easy at the time. That new ride was cool. But we were just a few...

 

Jesus loves too much to leave you broken

“You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” said the servant girl. Peter, standing near the fire, startled, began backtracking. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said, and...

 

God suffers to one day end all suffering

It is no proof of superior intelligence, but even as a young man I was theoretically sure that I would not always be a young man. As I (rarely) contemplated middle or old age, though they seemed light...

 

As long as we choose unselfish love, our nation is free

Until my family and I moved to Muleshoe 32 years ago, and I discovered the largest and best part of America, the “small town” part, I had never experienced Independence Day as it really ought to...

 

God's recipe one of the best

“My kingdom for a real recipe!” I finally boiled over. I’d Googled it, YouTubed it, searched it, researched it, boggled my mind about it — a process I’ve often used with moderate success....

 

Real goodness centered in God's genuine joy

God loves ordinary people, and that is one of the most amazing and hope-filled truths of the Christian faith. It is a truth no other world religion is strong enough to handle. What kind of God would...

 

Good dads hard to come by in scripture

Christians are commanded to confess their sins “one to another.” So, here goes. I hereby confess that I have at times succumbed to the temptation to be a kind of Father’s Day answer to...

 

Always good to check your own motives

Being suspicious of our own motives is wise. Not only are we not qualified to judge others, as we easily evaluate them too harshly, we often do a poor job of judging even ourselves, tending to give...

 

God's commandments as real as gravity

The list of what we know as “The Seven Deadly Sins” dates back to the fourth century and, of course, has its basis in the teaching of the Bible. One of the seven was sloth. A one-word paraphrase...

 

Pray for the unhappy, but make sure you're not one of them

One In C. S. Lewis’ account of his early life, “Surprised by Joy,” Lewis begins by writing about the two family strains that had come together to give him life. On his father’s side — By...

 

No genuine beauty is ever wasted or lost in God

Well, here we go again. I’m talking about firing up the lawn machines, mowing, trimming, fertilizing, weed-spraying, weed-eating, weed-picking, and the whole nine yards of yard and lawn care....

 

My mother gave me many precious gifts

One of the most important leaders, and one of the finest men, in the early days of the Christian church was a man named Barnabas. This good man’s name meant “son of encouragement,” and he...

 
 By Curtis Shelburne    Voices    May 5, 2017

God's plan only one that matters

I still remember the movie, even though I’ve forgotten its name. It’s been several years now since I watched it. I know this because it was a Netflix flick that actually came in the mail. Part of...

 

Might be a good idea to cut back on technological fix

Face it. More than a few of us are addicts. For all addicts, the first step toward recovery is summed up in one word: honesty. That means admitting we have a problem. And we do. Nomophobia. That’s...

 

It's OK to ask questions, deal with honest doubt

One Easter years ago (almost two decades), I got to play the Apostle Peter in a community Easter cantata. I enjoyed it. For one thing, the music was really good; for another, I like Peter. I think...

 

Better a rock than a man with nothing to praise

Last Sunday was Palm Sunday, and for centuries many Christians have let that Sunday before Easter carry their minds back to the amazing scene of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the Sunday...

 

Little-read Habakkuk made choice of real faith

So, tell me, have you read Habakkuk lately? You know, in the Bible. The Old Testament. One of the prophets. The English major part of me has paid attention to this prophet only rarely and then only...

 

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