Month: December 2017

Intoxicated by Anger

James 1:19 Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Under the influence of chemicals, my thinking became warped. Not only did I justify my toxic behavior, but my interpersonal relationships were poisoned as well. I was not…
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Drink the Rain

Hebrews 6:7 Land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. A man once told me that he had been trying (and failing) too hard to grow spiritually. He realized that he could not do…
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Horror Story

Hebrew 6:4-6 It is impossible, in the case of those who have . . . shared in the Holy Spirit . . . then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance . . . When I was seven or eight, my older cousins visited. The adults went out for supper with strict instructions…
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Arrested Development

Hebrews 5:12-14 You need milk, not solid food . . . But solid food is for the mature . . . With my kids in high school, I am frequently reminded that their time under my roof is drawing short. Though this saddens me, I am happy they will someday leave, not because I want…
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The Stuff in My Purse

Hebrews 4:16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace . . . My family recently attended a professional sporting event where we were required to pass through security before entering. Purses were not allowed into the venue, so at the gate, there…
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Falling on My Own Sword

Hebrews 4:12 The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit . . . It is not uncommon in Christian circles to hear mournful stories about the secularization of society. At Christmas, we object to the change from Merry Christmas, to Happy…
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My father kindly pointed out to me this morning that Paul did not write the book of Hebrews as I credited him in today’s blog. If you received it by email, you got the incorrect version. I’ve now corrected the entry at the blog’s website. I hate it when I do that.

Peace on Earth

Hebrews 3:18,19 To whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.  I broke a bike chain last summer. I did not know how to fix it, but the guy on the internet video made…
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Using My Struggle

Hebrews 2:18 Because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. When teaching in church, I used to feel like a fraud. I believed what I was saying, I was just not living it very well. It was not until after my own life disaster of addiction…
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The Donut in My Eye

Hebrews 1:10,11 The heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain . . . It is the week before Christmas, and to celebrate Jesus birth, I have piles of candy sitting around work and home. Though I would like to wake up January first and step on the scale, not having…
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