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Counting blessings requires careful thought

"The worst moment for an atheist," writes G. K. Chesterton, "is when he feels a profound sense of gratitude and has no one to thank." Though any season is a great time for gratitude, Thanksgiving...

 

Plenty of signs the season is changing

Well, it’s official. The holidays are on the way. The calendar says so, of course, but other clues abound. I just spent a day singing Christmas songs for folks at a great Christmas craft bazaar....

 

God's children don't have to live a fearful life

Author Philip Yancey writes that at a British conference, scholars from around the world were discussing the most basic beliefs that set Christianity apart from other world religions. As they debated...

 

Steeples still pointing us in the right direction

Wow. I wonder how much farther that old sagging column supporting the corner of this old sagging house can lean out southward before the corner of the house just collapses and wordlessly pleads, “He...

 

'Believe' is still the Redeemer's answer

“Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’” — John 6:35 Five little barley loaves and two...

 

Hymns don't need tinkering

It was none other than the venerable Charles Wesley, writer of hundreds of grand hymns, who in the preface (1779) to one of his hymnals pronounced a word of stern warning against anyone who would...

 

Twitter makes too easy a temptation

Twitter is for twits. That has been my opinion pretty much ever since I learned several years ago that birds tweeting sweetly in the sky had been joined by twits tweeting, sweetly or not, in...

 

Love people, be satisfied with your work

Surely everyone who spent much time growing up in the western world in the 20th century knows a universal law that is almost as time-tested as the law of gravity. It is this: Thou shalt not throw out...

 

'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...

 

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