A Slippery Slope…

A Slippery Slope… The great deceiver is a master of confusion and planting seeds that need to be continually pulled up by the roots. The problem is, the fallen one, creates slippery slopes that we don’t see so we have no idea they exist. In my daily life, for example, it is not uncommon for a seed of “jealousy” to planted that turns out be “gluttony” or the enemies favorite weapon – fear. When I was just getting sober my sponsor told me over and over there are only two…

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Community In Christ

Community In Christ God truly moves in mysterious ways. Three years ago when the news of the day, which is the work that I do, became overwhelming and I turned back to Jesus Christ I had no idea that I would find myself on this path. I wanted relief from some of the stories that I was consuming about organ harvesting, human trafficking and other extremely evil acts perpetrated by humans. I was not searching for these stories, but the enemy kept putting them in my path. I found myself…

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Struggling…

Struggling… This parable is really creating a lot of confusion and questions. Judgement, inequality and classes seem to be showing up. If someone could please help me to understand these two verses it would be greatly appreciated. Matthew 25 NKJV 14 For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately…

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Trusting Money Changers?

Trusting Money Changers? If you follow my work at all you have an idea that I’m not a fan of the bankers. As we learned in 1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. The bankers certainly have a love of money. Maybe the only time during the stories of the New Covenant in the Bible we see Jesus Christ get violent is when…

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What Do You Like / DisLike?

What Do You Like / DisLike? After spending a week with the parable of the prodigal son it is clear Jesus wants our undivided attention and He wanted to leave us with a story that most every person on the planet could relate. Not sure how many people don’t have one, or all, of these characters in their own family. If you’re a human and on this planet, the story of the prodigal son should touch some aspect of your life. The picture painted in this story is such a…

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False Pride vs

False Pride vs When I was drunk all the time or whacked on this drug or combination of alcohol and any assortment of drugs you couldn’t tell me anything – I knew it all. It was like that time in our lives between about age 16-17 through approximately 30 years of age – you remember, you knew everything and your parents were, well, let’s say nowhere near as wise as you. Then you woke one morning,  you were past age 30 to realize that maybe, perhaps your parents were maybe,…

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Losing It All To Gain Everything

Losing It All To Gain Everything At age 17 I lost my dad to an accident. He had not been in my life for a number of years and when he died I was in the throes of my addiction. My dad was an addict and when he died, as a hero fireman, one his brothers-in-arms found the bottle with Seconal and Valium. I feel confident at least one was in his system. When the dust settled there was a sizable inheritance that was left for me and my two…

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Rejoicing In Our Brokenness

Rejoicing In Our Brokenness Are we hardwired to celebrate the victorious underdog? If you’re football fan you probably have heard about the Tennessee Titans and their two implausible victories over what were suppose to be superior teams. Well, turns out, having a big heart and working as a Team can do a lot to get a whole group of people up a very steep hill. Isn’t “climbing a hill” another view of redemption? What we find in Luke 15 are several parables in which we see a variety of ways…

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Bringing The New Testament to Life

Bringing The New Testament to Life After a short period of time of sobriety and finding myself reading more than I have ever read in my life it became quiet clear that I really liked to read. I loved how the stories would paint pictures in my minds eye and take me places that I will probably never see. Because of the nature of some of what I was reading the stories would take me to places I pray I never see or experience. What happened is it became clear…

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Secular vs Biblical World

Secular vs Biblical World What kind of world do you live in – secular or biblical? Do we get to decide or is the decision made for us? Does the fact that I live in the world, as you and I accept it, does that mean I have to live in this world or can I create the world in which God rules and the Lamb is the Light? Only going to Christian retail outlets, spending time with Christians attempting to get closer to God or spreading the Gospel and…

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