Monthly Archives: December 2009

Messy Spirituality

The book Messy Spirituality by Michael Yaconelli calls Christians to come out of hiding and stop pretending that they’re flawless.  We should refuse to lie, or to allow others to believe that we are something that we are not.  If … Continue reading

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What If A Pastor Doesn’t Feed His Flock? (Ezekiel 34:8-10)

The Bible often uses the analogy of a shepherd tending his flock in order to demonstrate how a pastor should tend the congregation that God has placed under his care.  Ezekiel 34:8-10 sends a stern warning to our pastors: “… … Continue reading

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How I Learned to Live With Failure

I hate to fail.  Failure seems to reflect poorly on me as a person.  It says that I was incapable and / or incompetent.  It seems to imply that I wasn’t smart enough, although it’s often just the result of … Continue reading

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The Path of Least Resistance – Matthew 10:14

Matthew 10:14 says, “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town.”  I think this teaches us something about taking the path of least resistance.  … Continue reading

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Have We Gone Pet Crazy?

I’ve had pets for most of my life, and I understand the value of their companionship.  However, I think that we’ve gone a little pet crazy in recent days, and I’m aware that my opinions will infuriate some pet lovers.  … Continue reading

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Cost-Benefit Analysis on Iraq and Afghanistan

Is it time to withdraw from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?  Let’s step back for a moment and consider the current status of both wars: Cost The cost of lives for the U.S. is about 6,000:  5,200 from our … Continue reading

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Stale Prayer Lists

Why have my last couple of posts been about our ineffectiveness of prayer and confession in our spiritual lives?  Well, I’m a little frustrated by what I call our “stale prayer lists.”  Isn’t something wrong if our prayer list remains … Continue reading

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Guilt and Repentance – Often Misunderstood

I believe that the most important verse in the Bible for believers is 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” This is … Continue reading

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