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Why I’m Not Skinny Yet

Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 12:24 For the last several years, I’ve been about 20 pounds overweight. I used to be a lot heavier, and I’ve lost considerable weight, but I’ve not quite been able to get…
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Do Not Read This

Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. John 12:25 As Christians, we believe that we have some responsibility to share our faith with those around us. In our desire that others come to faith, we’re tempted to become salesman for God. In…
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The Alcoholic Bartender

So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” John 12:13 In treatment for chemical dependency, the addict is surrounded by those who encourage him in his sobriety. With the distractions of…
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When the Rules Don’t Apply to Me

So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus. John 12:10 By the time the coronavirus quarantine began, I’d bought into the belief that we should try to slow the spread of the virus by…
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What Addiction Looks Like

He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. John 12:6 Addiction isn’t just about drugs or alcohol. Whenever I talk to those who struggle with gambling or those who overeat…
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Your Way is Stupid

Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor? John 12:5 Over the years, we’ve spent countless hours on Rook, our family card game. Though we all know how to play, we don’t all hold our cards the same. Some of us hold our cards counting from left to…
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The Bare Minimum

Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. John 12:3 My visit to inpatient chemical dependency treatment (2014) was not my first attempt at recovery. I’d completed out-patient treatment twice prior to that. Both times, I applied the…
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Disaster and Redemption

It is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish. John 11:51 In my recovery, I’ve felt tremendous guilt over the things I’ve done to hurt myself and others. I’ve found peace in knowing I’m forgiven by God and in working at living differently every…
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Covid-19 and My Paycheck

If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation. John 11:48 At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, I was dubious regarding the need for radical change. As the numbers grew exponentially in Italy and New York…
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The Tattletale Christian

Many . . . believed in him, but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. John 11:45-46 In Sunday School, as a child, I was told that we needed to keep our eyes closed during the prayer. When I discovered that a classmate wasn’t following the rules, I…
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