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Plenty of words out there for word lovers

I love words. Perhaps I’ve not fallen into epeolatry yet, but it’s always fun and interesting to meet a new word. (Like epeolatry, which is the worship of words.) One of the best places I’ve fou...

 

Grace is hard - and incomprehensibly wonderful

Grace is hard. It is almost incomprehensibly wonderful. It seems almost too good to be true because it actually is almost too good to be true. It is amazing. But it is hard. Grace is hard because...

 

God knows exactly what kind of Light we need

Are you considering trying to buy a light bulb? Good luck to you. A few evenings ago, my wife and I were in Amarillo baby-sitting (playing with, laughing with, snuggling with, rollicking and...

 

God didn't paint over us but washed us clean

Let’s talk about paint. My wife and I have been involved in an upstairs bathroom renovation. She was mostly involved in, uh, “reminding” me regularly for several years (or maybe a decade) that...

 

Good to have someone pointing out God in our ordinary lives

All honorable work is God’s work, a calling, and anyone serious about doing a good job in his/her work derives priceless benefit from the example of respected mentors. Surely teachers and doctors,...

 

May God sanctify, bless a beautiful place in your life

We had two Sundays this week at our little church. Two Sundays two days in a row. Well, not really. But it seemed like it. The first Sunday was Saturday as we held the funeral of a fine man and good...

 

After all this time, people can still surprise me

People can be maddening, frustrating, bull-headed, mean, dumb, astonishing, resilient, weak, strong, gentle, loving, perplexing, bitter, graceful, resentful, hateful, merciful, and ... pick any...

 

God's real grace a truly amazing gift

In his fine book “What’s So Amazing About Grace,” author Philip Yancey writes that at a British conference on comparative religions, scholars from around the world were discussing the most...

 

Faith: Eternally thankful for having the best Shepherd

You’ve heard, no doubt, of the legendary search for the holy grail. In everything from tales of medieval knights, legends of King Arthur, the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and even...

 

I believe betting life on Christ a good wager

“I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. ... I believe in the Holy Spirit ...” Yes, I do. With all of my heart,...

 

Be moderate even about moderation

“I’m in a twelve-step program for recovering ascetics,” I explained to my missionary nephew. I knew he’d get it. More than a little conversant in theology and church history, Ian had joined...

 

God's greatest miracle a single, perfect Word

Hey, friends, I’ve got a favor to ask. Like, if you, like, catch me using, like “like” in a sentence or, like, even in a phrase, like, I’ve thus far used “like” in this sentence five...

 

Jesus friend of sinners and common folks

Of all of the many astounding qualities of Jesus, one of the most amazing and winsome is that, as Philip Yancey has written, Jesus was “a sinless friend of sinners.” I keep being drawn back to thi...

 

Choose well between becoming colder or warmer with time

How’s this for the setting for a series of mystery novels? It’s 12th-century England. Following a long career as a soldier and later as a ship’s captain, a short but sturdy Welshman, who still...

 

Faith: I wonder what Jesus would say to Israel Folau

There’s a big problem brewing down under. Free speech. Religious liberty. Political correctness. Employees’ rights. Employers’ rights. Contract law. If those are just a few of the spokes on the...

 

Faith: Any generation should seek God's wisdom

My younger friend laughed after worship a few years ago. “Preaching with you in the congregation made me nervous,” he said. Completely surprised, I laughed back: “Are you kidding?” It was a...

 

Genuine freedom must be cherished - or lost

Freedom. It is not a gift any government benevolently bestows upon its citizens; freedom is the gift of God to everyone created in his image. It is the responsibility of governments to recognize and...

 

Riches of God's grace still absolutely free

I still miss Andy Rooney. Where’s the old curmudgeon when you need him? Rooney’s commentary at the end of “60 Minutes” was always the cream of the show. (Speaking of dairy, I still thank him...

 

Faith: Our children deserve better than world of selfishness

Believe me, I write this column as no sort of spiritual giant; I don’t know my own weakness as well as I should, but I surely know it enough to see warning signs pop up everywhere when I’m...

 

Faith: A world where the meek rule is better

To be truly meek is to be truly strong. The Bible says regarding one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known that the man Moses was the meekest of all the men on the earth. But in the Hall...

 

Remember God is in control and make sure to get sleep

Everybody dreams. Or so the sleep experts say. I feel most refreshed when I wake up with no memory of dreaming during the night. I feel most exhausted when I had a bad or intensely frustrating dream,...

 

Faith: We shouldn't wish to get 'what we deserve'

A strange story it is, and enough to make a math or accounting major bite nails. I’m talking about Jesus’ “Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard” (Matthew 20:1-16). Here’s the story in a nu...

 

Happiness isn't found in money, power or prestige

“Happiness is worth a lot to me,” a good friend, colleague, and mentor once told his boss as he made a decision that would lead to his leaving the company. “Well, so what? Isn’t happiness...

 

Moments of knowing God can't be captured, only savored

Some moments in life are golden. And some of the best of all are precious precisely because they must be savored immediately or forever lost. Oh, as long as God is our Father, and that’s forever,...

 
 By Curtis Shelburne    Voices    May 8, 2019

Faith: Thank you, Mom, for birth and love

Sunday is Mother’s Day. May I hasten to say that having a Mother’s Day is a good thing. I am sincerely pro-Mother’s Day and pro-moms. Good ones deserve far and away more honor than they...

 

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