Category Archives: Encouragement

When We Believe Everything We’re Told, We’re Turkeys to Be Plucked

Recently, at an online social media site, I saw a photo of a man, gruesomely disfigured, with the statement: “Stop! Don’t just ignore this! Pray for this man, and Share (1 Share equals 100 prayers).” Various people had written prayers underneath … Continue reading

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I Want to Be a Kind Christian, Not a Nasty One

I saw an old photo the other day of a man I never knew. What leapt out from the faded ink and crumpled paper was kindness, a sense of humor, and generosity of spirit. He looked like someone I would … Continue reading

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It’s Work — Trusting God

For many years of my young middle adulthood, life was smooth. Not perfect, obviously — when you raise a family of six on one ridiculously modest income, there’s always the stress of making the mandated property tax, insurance payments, and assorted … Continue reading

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Dumbed Down Bible Studies — Give ‘Em a Pass

Flattery is a remarkable weapon. Though I’m not a Bible Study Group girl, someone almost caught me years ago by commenting, “You’re smart.” Got my attention, that did. “I think you’d do great in our Bible Study for Intelligent People … Continue reading

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Christians: Stop Being So Obedient

Just how obedient are Christians expected to be — and who expects them to be this way? In recent posts, I’ve been discussing Christian submission toward leadership (Must We Obey Church Authorities? and Is It So Bad to Be a Lone … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Staying Asleep

At my house, if you walk away from the toaster, your breakfast will burn. In the same way that people in my household who want decent toast do not leave the room or drink tea, dreamily incognizant  of the evil appliance … Continue reading

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Autumn Dance: The Story of This Painting

Autumn Dance: The Story of this Painting by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve – Autumn is a season of transition, and one of its best aspects is also its worst: one day, it can be bone-chilling cold, … Continue reading

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Love without Fear — Want That?

“Jesus is love.” How often do we hear this? If we’re around Christians, or within Christian circles, then we’ve probably heard it a lot. At the same time, however, it wouldn’t be unusual if we were confused, because, though people talk about Jesus, and … Continue reading

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Christians: Do It Your Way, Not Tradition’s

One of the problems of formal, prescriptive Bible studies is that, frequently, they mooooooooooove soooooooooooo slooooooooooowly through the Scriptures, focusing on one or two verses at a time and haranguing the poor words until they collapse, exhausted, and pant out, … Continue reading

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Autumn Sail — The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, Autumn Sail, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: Anyone who spends any time at all outside knows that not all days are sunny and warm — what we term “perfect.” And while … Continue reading

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