Category Archives: pride

The Art of Offending Jesus

Our actions can bless God, and others immensely. We really have no idea that we have such power in our grasp. But we do say and do things that do alter the realities of those who are trying desperately to … Continue reading

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Suffering: Finding Some Reasons

“Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.” Hebrews 2:18, (NLT) “Whenever you meet someone who has really suffered; been limited, gone through things for the Lord, willing … Continue reading

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Harmless Doves, [Opting Out of Cynicism]

cynical, (a definition) sinikəl/adjective 1.  believing that people are motivated by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity. Contemptuous; mocking.         “her cynical attitude”         “he gave a cynical laugh” 2. concerned only with one’s … Continue reading

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Seeing the Real Thing, [Heroes]

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, … Continue reading

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The God-Players, [Death Wish]

1 The Problem Is Myself,   by Earl Jabay   About twenty-five years ago, in a small Midwestern city, a group of young boys were playing baseball. It was a team tryout. Every boy was doing his best to impress the … Continue reading

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Delusions of the First Person Variety

I need to briefly share what delusions are like.  I’m going to flip the switch and flood the room with light, and watch the “critters” scuttle to find a hiding place.  I’m doing this to help heal myself, and for … Continue reading

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Riding the Underground, [with Jesus]

“And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.’ Mark 6:31, ESV Our Savior would never drive us … Continue reading

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