The Compartmentalizer

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“If you follow a universal principle, it positively impacts all areas of your life. Universal principles don’t compartmentalize.” -Steve Pavlina   Year after year, I hear wives agonize over the choices their husbands made. “What was he thinking?” they’ll cry, “and how could he do a thing like that if he loved me?”

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When ‘My Bad’ Really Is Bad

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“Keep in mind that when sin is viewed superficially, it is dealt with superficially.”  -Erwin W. Lutzer When something gets me really mad, or really scared, I do something about it. When something seems technically wrong but excusable, I shrug it off. So what I deal with seriously, combining decision and action, tells you a lot about […]

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The Confident Heart

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For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. (I John 3:20-21)   John says, in the verse quoted above, that if my heart does not condemn me, then I have confidence towards God. Sounds […]

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When Consciences Collide: Making Sense of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act

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“It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others.” -Thomas Jefferson Been There, Done That Had That Done to Me Amidst all of today’s clamor over discrimination based on religious or moral standards, I’m remembering an incident when I was on the receiving […]

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The Unscheduled Appointment

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I love what I do for a living, and count myself hugely blessed when I remember how rare it is for your work and your first love to be the same.

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Of Fruits and Factories

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Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. -John 15:8  There’s what I do, then there’s what I am.

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Wondering What She Thinks I’m Worth

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I once dreamed that my wife Renee was auctioning me off on e-Bay. Without the courtesy of any notice, mind you, so I had the double indignity of learning that I was on the market, and that my seller hadn’t even bothered to tell me.

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Bad Past? Bad Excuse

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A couple years back a notorious kidnapping rapist, about to be sentenced, tried explaining his horrendous actions away by pulling out his abusive childhood. When asked to rise before sentencing, he began explaining that he’d been sexually abused as a child when the judge cut him off.

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Newsong Church: In Tune or Off Key?

In the screwball comedy classic Bringing Up Baby, Cary Grant, dressed in a woman’s bathrobe, jumps up and down shouting, “I’ve suddenly gone gay!” He could have been speaking for a growing number of congregations today.

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Brattitude

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  We can not change the fact that people act in a certain way. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. -Charles Swindoll  Everyone agrees that brats are unattractive, but few of us seem to recognize our own Brattitude when it erupts. Brattitude (my term; […]

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