“God, Use Me”

I’ve been fretting about what to do with my life lately.  I feel like most things I try turn into chores and I lose whatever passion I may have had that led me to them in the first place.  This has actually […]

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“It Never Hurts to Try”

I sometimes catch myself saying this to myself to encourage myself to do something hard or unpleasant or that I fear I’ll fail at.   Submitting pieces of my writing to a prestigious publishing house, signing up for a class to learn […]

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“It is for freedom we’re set free!”

When I first started intentionally following Christ – or trying to, at least – one of the first things my best friend taught me about the Christian life was, “If it doesn’t bring freedom, it’s not from the Lord.”  This sounded too […]

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“This is My Body”

While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it, gave it to his disciples and said, “Take, eat, this is My body” (Matthew 26:26).  This is My body.  Not being Catholic, I’m not one for transubstantiation, but this […]

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“God Helps Those Who Help Themselves”

A while ago, I wrote about my difficulty with the advice, “Let Go and Let God” and similar.  When the pendulum doesn’t swing towards abdicating responsibility for our own lives in the name of God, it can swing too far in the […]

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“Forgive and Forget”

9/11 was already 13 years ago; Columbine was 15, the SPU shooting, just a little over a month.  My grapplings with forgiving the perpetrators of these attacks have been delayed and are not nearly as in my face as they certainly are […]

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“It is Hard to Heal,” Part 2

There’s a story in the Gospel of Mark (9:14-29) that demonstrates that healing is not always easy or instant.  The “healing of the boy with a spirit” begins with arguing.  A crowd is gathered around a father who has brought his son […]

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“It is Hard to Heal,” Part 1

I believe in healing, but I’ve really struggled with how quickly it seems to happen in Scripture.  Generally, though not always, all Jesus has to do is poke His finger in someone’s ear or make mud with His spit and rub it […]

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“Follow Your Passion,” Part 2

All of the Ted Talks I watched incorporate helping others and all of the presenters’ passions involved service.  This is a good thing to see as one who is very wary of how things like “follow your passion” can really look like […]

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“Follow Your Passion,” Part 1

I spent about four hours a few weekends ago – instead of studying and writing a paper about that (in)famous verse in the letter of James, “faith without works is dead” – watching Ted talks about passion.  I have spent many years in […]

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