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How Can I Inspire Like Jesus?

Inspiration elevates people. Everyone loves inspiration and wants to inspire others. We love to hear or watch stories that make us feel good, and we will go back to those stories again and again to refuel. Even more than going back to those stories, we would love to inspire others – we would love to […]

How Can Resentment Lead to Death?

Resentment! How dangerous is it? Is there a way to prevent it within us? Resentment is a potentially lethal evil that can cause great harm inwardly and toward others. It has the power to enslave us to the past. When we resent people, we give them power over us. Resentment is based on a way […]

Should We Be Our Brother’s Keeper?

The whole idea of being our brother’s keeper comes up very early in the Bible, and it comes up under some really bad circumstances – the murder of Able by his brother Cain. God had watched the circumstances develop that would lead to Cain’s growing rage and God actually intervened with a potential solution. The […]

Did Jesus Support Wage Discrimination?

Equal pay for equal work. When you hear that statement, you think – who wouldn’t think that is a good idea? Who in their right mind would argue against such a thing? Did Jesus teach us a contrary lesson to this principle of equality? When we read the parable of the workers in the vineyard, […]

Why Should We Love Our Enemies?

We live in a time of great contradiction. There are voices that shout, rant and insist for all in our society to embrace and accept everyone no matter what their choices in life are and no matter what their actions in life may be. Their message in many ways is framed as one of love […]

How Do You Know What God Wants You To Do?

I think that God is telling me to look for another job.” “God wants me to buy this house instead of that one.”  “It’s God’s will that I be happy.”  As Christians, we may have made statements like this.  We assume anyone making these types of statements has some way to know what God wants […]

What Does Courage Look Like?

Courage. It is an attribute we all can envision somehow or other. Courage is digging deep within to do what others won’t. It is acting in spite of fear, it is standing up when no one else will, it is joining with others against the odds, it is facing an enemy when you are overmatched. […]

Will My Regrets Ever Leave Me Alone? (Part II)

Regret stinks.  And it stinks for so many reasons.  Think about it – you do something and the result for whatever reason is just not good, so you end up deeply regretting that action.  Now, it’s not enough to just look back over what happened and feel that twinge of pain just once – no, […]

Did the Prophet Daniel See the Future?

Daniel was a prophet in the Bible who lived many many years before Jesus and he was given glimpses into the future that were extraordinary. The odd thing about his future glimpses was that he was told that he would not understand them and to “seal them up in the book until the time of […]

Will My Regrets Ever Leave Me Alone? (Part I)

(Click here for Part 2) Regret is one of those things that takes up residence in our heads and always seems to have a long term lease – it just does not want to go away.  You know the drill – you do or say or think something that should not have been and then […]