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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...

 

Creator has the clout to end all storms

Quiet! Be still! Those words from Christ did the job that day in the midst of the raging storm on the Sea of Galilee (Mark 4). Jesus was sleeping peacefully in the stern of the boat when his...

 

What we say says a lot about what's in our hearts

If, like most folks, you deal with email and its accompanying blessings and cursings, you know that the first step after you open your inbox is to obliterate 90 percent of it by clearing out a ton of...

 

Distractions have a way of upending you

When I was a little lad, my family and I spent some evenings doing what families now almost never do: We rode bicycles together. I know it’s hard to believe, and it gets harder. We even on regular...

 

Children God's way of taking us back toward who we should be

Jesus told his disciples: “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” He said this as he “called a little child to him.” No doubt, one of...

 

Rules are rules, except when they need to be flipped

“For everything there is a season,” writes the wise man in Ecclesiastes 3. Not only is that smart fellow pointing us to a profound truth, his English translators are phrasing it beautifully. The...

 

Thank God for the beauty of all seasons

Well, rats. My fire is out. I just looked up across the room and, no flame in the fireplace. A sad sight. I confess, I laid the fire, lit the match, and quit paying attention. Instead of staring at th...

 

Grumbling can poison a loving heart

Grumbling is risky business. Of course, like any temptation, it feels good at the moment we fall to it. The act of grumbling stokes the fires of our sinful pride. It also stokes the fires of hell —...

 

We no longer have a need to justify ourselves

We all fall into that mode from time to time. We think we can just “get it right” and force (we’d say “encourage”) others (spouses, children, coworkers) to “get it right” by submitting...

 

Resolution to be more humble might not be out of order

No surprise, but the words of Scripture have just been validated yet again in my life. I promise, I’d not been tempted upon the arrival of February, which is a full two weeks past the time most...

 

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