Spiritual

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Roads Less Traveled

Life is rarely an “easy” journey. Yes, we can all look around us and identify people that seemingly have it made. As in, the nice house, the stress free career, the perfect kids, and the perpetual smile. These people, from all outward appearances, seem to have it all together. And then there’s you and I….

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HELL

Sometimes I struggle with the concept of hell. As in, a place of eternal suffering with a lake of fire and demons tormenting you, pitchforks and the whole shooting match. It’s beyond horrifying, and I can’t quite understand why it exists. Created by a loving God that died for me?  Huh? Many scholars have determined…

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Finding God

Oftentimes, the concept of “church” is imposing for some people. They don’t like the formality, the culture, the politics, nor the pretention that can accompany this group of people. This idea that church is just not for them might have been forged while they were younger, or something they latched onto later in life, but…

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I’m Angry

I’m flat on my face spiritually, and I suppose I have been for a while. I still talk with my Christian friends, and over a lunch will explain that I’m doing ok and am “just fighting the good fight.” I still go to church, and even pray…but if I were real honest, I would have…

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I’m a Hypocrite

I’m mad at the church. By “the church”, I mean the literal building that I attend locally. I’m mad at people that attend the church, I’m a little miffed at some of the staff, and some of the leaders of the church have frustrated me. No, I’m not going to tell you where I attend…

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Spiritual

There are about a million murder mystery shows on TV.  Not of the “Matlock” kind, but of the true life mystery shows take the viewer through the entire experience of murder, trial, and ultimately verdict.  They’re on the ID channel, Lifetime, the OWN network, etc.  And of course, if it’s on a murder mystery show,…

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Spiritual

ALL OF HELL KNOWS YOUR NAME I have a dear friend named Johnny. We like to get together for lunches frequently and just spend some time catching up, sharing stories, and encouraging one another. He’s got of a different Christian, as he is tattooed from toes to his nose, wears clothes that would make you…

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Spiritual

Have you ever gotten one of those forwarded emails from your grandparents? You know the ones – something about how Obama is trying to steal from the elderly to start a new world order of drones set out to steal our weapons, dismantle Social Security, and put us all into concentration camps.  Jokes, slide shows,…

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Spiritual

Great and Beyond Sometimes I think that God simply must have a great sense of humor. Because, we humans, are a pretty hysterical bunch to observe. A few years ago, some NASA guys sent a satellite to space. It flew through space with precision on its route to the moon. Once there, it orbited the…

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Baggage

  There are countless jokes made about the women in our lives and their inability to “pack light.” We could be going on an overnight trip to the coast, and sure enough, I’m somehow lugging three different duffel bags to the truck, and shaking my head the entire time. Wives, what do you think we’ll…

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Groan

I’ve been going through a lot lately in my own personal life, none of which is really good. Over lunch, a friend and I spoke at length about my troubles, and while there is no conclusion to my troubles on the horizon, we both tried to be as positive as possible, even if I only…

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I’m Perfect

People will eternally fail you. No matter how much faith you may put in them, they will invariably fumble the ball. Parents, friends, siblings, spouses…no matter how strong your relationship is with them, at some point, you will be left with mud all over you due to their behavior. People are people, and as such,…

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Worry Not

We all tend to worry a lot.  We all do it – we worry about our jobs and our kids and our relationships and our money. We worry about war, and politics, and even the weather. Whatever it is – somebody, somewhere is actively stressed and worrying about something. It could be something global: “Man,…

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