A Hardened Heart

Hard-hearted.  That’s definitely not a way that you would want someone to describe you.  Ebenezer Scrooge comes to my mind as a hard-hearted person.  Most of us would like to think that we are not hard hearted.  As a Christian pastor I would like to think that my heart is always soft and tender, that

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You Don’t Have a Sin Nature, part 2

This is the second in a series of articles on the notion that Christians do not have a sin problem, they have a thinking problem. You can read the first article here. The second area of thinking that we must start from is that we are no longer of this world. We are now citizens

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The Struggle is Real!

This is a saying that has become popular over the last couple of years. I imagine that most of us have heard, or even said, “the struggle is real.”  Some people say it in jest.  Others are quite serious about it.  We have all struggled with something in our lives more than once. But what

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Who You See is Who You Receive

We come in contact with people every day.  Some we know, most we don’t.  Immediately upon meeting someone for the first time, we form an impression. As human beings, we tend to make quick judgments about people when we first meet them.  We tend to “size them up.” Unfortunately, we all tend to be a

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The Magic of a New Year

January seems so magical.  It feels fresh.  It feels rejuvenating as one looks at a brand new calendar with nothing on it, ready to receive new input, see new adventures and dream new dreams.  If you had a bad year, then January 1st is a way of saying goodbye to the old year and believe

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Worrying is Like Carrying Rocks

All of us worry.  Worry is when we spend a lot of time thinking about things that are beyond our control.  We worry about our kids, our jobs, our finances, our situations, our future, our health….anything that affects us or those that we love we tend to worry about. I worry about a lot of

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Overcoming Bad Choices and Their Consequences

Choices are something that we make on a daily basis.  Of course, the objective is to make wise and good choices.  Unfortunately, at times, we make bad choices.  The thing about choices is that they all have consequences. Every choice you make will have a positive or negative effect on your life.  It is true

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Don’t Sacrifice Your Present on an Altar of Your Past

An altar is a place of sacrifice and worship.  In the Old Testament, people would bring offerings to sacrifice upon the altar for various reasons.  In modern times, many churches have an altar at the front of the church, not for sacrifices, but for prayer.  I remember the church I grew up in had an

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All Lives Do Not Matter

We’ve all seen the Facebook posts and the pictures flooding social media:  Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter.  All Lives Matter started after Black Lives Matter.  It was, in my opinion, a way of saying that black lives do matter but not more so than any other life. The question remains, though,

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There is no us vs. them…..it’s just US!

In light of all the recent shootings that have taken place in Minnesota, Louisiana, and Dallas, Texas, our country is in an uproar. And, rightly so.  My heart aches for my country and specifically for all those involved in these situations.  Facebook is full of opposing commentary of these events. Blue Lives Matter! Black Lives

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