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Kind Word

Our mind is continually whirling; spinning with all we must do today; working on conversations already completed; thinking about the future of today, of tomorrow, and for this year. It's easy to get anxious; to be paralyzed by thoughts of what ifs and if this, then that. Scenarios are run, crises are envisioned and outcomes are still uncertain. It's not only you that experiences this but everyone around you. So, what can relieve the anxious person? What can help share life with others? A kind word, one spoken in love and with confidence can change a day. You know how it feels when out of the blue you get a kind note from a friend. The sun breaks through the clouds, the rain stops for a moment and there is a peace that arrives in the heart. Solomon knew this even in his day about 1,000 years before Jesus came to earth. Things were slower then but still anxious thoughts plagued hearts. He said, "An anxious heart weights a man down, but a kind word cheers him up." (P…

Greed's End

There is an old story of a man who's land was very productive. He then made decisions based on this physical productiveness and ignored the spiritual. He said to himself, "I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I'll say to myself, you have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." (Luke 12:18-19) This man was greedy. He was into himself so deeply that he couldn't see the need of the world around him, teeming with those who were without. Why tear down to build again? Why not just add a new barn? There had to be ego involved. "I" and "my" are his life. There was a greed which came out of abundance. Jesus' rebuke of his new decisions was not a rebuke of his success and his honest gain. It was about what he did with what was given to him. There was a greed of possession; keeping it for himself rather than living as he had lived and g…

Simple and Basic

Making good passes, defending players well, talking to each other on the court, and following through on shots are basics in the game of basketball. So, when a team begins to reside in the "loss column" and they look like they have a bleak future, what do coaches do? They go back to these basics because when you ignore the basics you continue to slide. God gave to Moses ten simple instructions for the people. They are the Ten Commandments. He then explained them thoroughly over the pages of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. There should have been no doubt that these were as important to the people of Israel as they were to God. Moses said as he was writing the final chapters in Deuteronomy, "Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach." (Deut. 30:11) They did not have to go up into heaven to obtain them; neither did they have to cross seas to find them. They were simple, obvious and carried with them the stamp of …

Easter and Resurrection - Easter Series #6

Man takes on the image of the Creator in many different ways. The best of ways is in resurrection. There are lots of types of resurrections performed by man. In medicine, surgeons stand over a patient on the operating table with the desire to resurrect them to health by eliminating problem parts or correcting broken ones. Plagues and cures are linked by medical geniuses finding resurrection for those deathly ill. In sports, players as well as teams seek resurrection from the bottom of the standings. They change rosters and owners to arrive at success. In business, praise goes out to turned around companies, resurrected from a heap of outdated tools and antiquated methods. In every avenue of life, resurrections occur. But none of these compare to the resurrection of Jesus. It is totally unique, and for good reason. Flesh and blood made alive again without blood pumping through the heart and veins. Tissue once deprived of oxygen and blood now vibrant and vigorous without it. Quiet til…