Category Archives: Personal Musings

Guard your thoughts

I remember the time when one character on a favorite TV detective show advised another to, “close your eyes and think of all the good things,” whenever he was feeling lost and alone. Although he didn’t cite chapter and verse, … Continue reading

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Overwhelmed? Feeling helpless?

Fires, floods, massacres, and tragedies of all sorts abound. Like many of you, I find the constant onslaught of bad news overwhelming. How should I respond? How can I help? It’s tempting to crawl into bed and pull the covers … Continue reading

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God's Word: never changing, ever new

I love the Bible. I love it for all the usual reasons Christians love the Word of God, but I also love it because it always shows me something new. In the Harry Potter books and movies, the people in … Continue reading

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Who do you trust?

Constantly bombarded with shocking revelations and accusations, misinformation and half-truths, targeted by scammers and schemers, it is hard to know who we can trust. When even the people considered to be paragons of virtue can be revealed to have committed … Continue reading

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What does meekness get you?

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 (NIV) Once, when a coworker reported the answer to a knotty problem our team had been wrestling with, I laughed and said, “Oh good… I was right!” The … Continue reading

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Trust God: find peace

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled… —John 14:27 When a dear friend expressed her distress at the current world … Continue reading

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Warning: God will not be mocked

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or set foot on the path of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers. Psalm 1:1 In recent decades Christians have gotten used to being portrayed in entertainment … Continue reading

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Casting the "Name-it-and-claim-it" Spell

A recent tragic episode in the news where a church family attempted to reverse the sudden death of a beloved child illustrates a fundamental misapprehension among some Christians. Non-believers frequently refer to religion as mere superstition. They see it as … Continue reading

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Was Jesus an ugly baby?

He had no stately form or majesty to attract us, no beauty that we should desire Him.  He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief. Like one from whom men hide their faces, He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.  Isaiah 3:2-3 (Berean Study … Continue reading

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Fridays, black and good

While lolling on the sofa in a turkey and pumpkin pie induced stupor, my thoughts turned to Black Friday. Most of us are aware that Black Friday is called that because it is traditionally the date when merchants were finally … Continue reading

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