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Christians: Bold for Jesus?

I became a Christian at 19. For the first 25 years, I diligently attended church services, which means that I came into regular contact with Christians comfortable in that setting, and for the last eight years, I have been transitioning … Continue reading

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Spirit of the Canyon: The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, Spirit of the Canyon, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: The human spirit is an indomitable one, and within all of us is the desire to create, to search, to explore, to … Continue reading

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Christians: The Extraordinary Voice of the Ordinary Person

Within Christianity, there are many many voices telling us all sorts of things: how to pray, how to not pray, how to read the Bible and with what study resource, how we should vote, whom we should hate or be … Continue reading

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It’s Easy to Doubt That God Hears Our Prayers

We’ve all had days when we wish that we were back in bed, before we even climb out of it. Not long ago, I faced a situation — not a major one, but not so minor that it wouldn’t add its weight of … Continue reading

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The Pataha: The Story of This Painting

The Story of the Painting The Pataha, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: We have friends, transplants from the Northwest, who live in the Southwest. And while the desert is beautiful, they say — filled with color … Continue reading

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Christians: If We Were More Honest With Ourselves, More People Would Listen

I have to be in a certain mood to read the book of Proverbs, which consists, primarily, of pithy — yet wise, and true — statements in couplet form. Part of me always thinks, “Most of these were written by Solomon, … Continue reading

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Are Negative Thoughts Necessarily Bad Ones?

A good lie is 95 percent true. After all, if it’s too obviously false, like, “Negative thoughts have a magnetic force that causes them to glow and pulsate. Attracted by the light, people gravitate toward the thoughts, physically run into them, … Continue reading

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Getting Rid of The Feeling That We’re Failures

Just outside our dining room window is an extremely pathetic nectarine tree. Actually, when it comes to producing nectarines, it’s phenomenally successful. With its lack of leaves, hollowed out inner section, and floppy branches, however, it projects a wretched state of … Continue reading

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The Incredible Importance of Individual Bible Study

“Why won’t you attend Bible study?” a man asked me once. “Do you hate studying the Bible?” Seriously, when you get a question framed like that, it’s best to just talk about the weather. The person asking will never understand … Continue reading

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The Christian Obsession with “Ministry”

Many Christians, especially in church settings, focus — obsess — about finding their ministry, and they pore through 1 Corinthians 12 searching for suggestions: “Do I have faith? or a message of wisdom? I’m pretty sure I don’t have the … Continue reading

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