Category Archives: Inspiration

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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Christmas is a time to love

One of my favorite Sunday school Christmas songs has such a powerful message, one especially apt for today’s current climate of hostility and easy offense. Perhaps if we all kept this little ditty in the forefront of our minds, we … 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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Giving thanks for what you don’t have

Do you ever deal with disappointment by saying, “Oh well, I can’t have everything?”  Do you forget to add a heartfelt, “Thank God?” When we moan about the things we hope for which don’t come our way, we sometimes forget … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on Justice, social and otherwise

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 (ESV) We hear a lot these … Continue reading

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Enjoy the sweetness

The beginning of the holiday season always brings to mind memories of popcorn balls, caramel apples, and old-fashioned homemade candies of all kinds.  Did you ever pull taffy as a child? Homemade pulled taffy was quite a production. Not only … Continue reading

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What’s your power source?

I live in Northern California, so I’m one of the thousands of people subjected to Pacific Gas and Electric’s rolling blackouts. We’ve just received notice of another planned electrical outage over this weekend. I’m not looking forward to another forty-eight … Continue reading

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Who do you say you are?

This morning I saw the results of another survey showing the steep decline in people identifying themselves as Christian. While I am skeptical about putting too much faith in polls and surveys in general, this is still a disappointing trend. … Continue reading

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The lost art of humility

[Originally Posted on November 3, 2017] I frequently hear the lament that in the age of cell phones and social media conversation is becoming a lost art. It’s common to see a group of people sitting together, eyes glued to their … Continue reading

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Delusions of Adequacy

When someone seems to think too much of themselves we sometimes say they must be suffering from delusions of grandeur. However, I think there’s an even more pernicious and wide-spread condition: delusions of adequacy. Adequate means “fully sufficient for the … Continue reading

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