Category Archives: Encouragement

These Gifts Are Better Than Toys — The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, These Gifts Are Better Than Toys, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: For being a time of peace, goodwill and joy, Christmas generates a lot of controversy, not the least of which is … Continue reading

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God Is Never on the Evening News

Some unknown,  unnamed, presumably non-existent person, long ago, said that we should never talk about sex, religion, and politics. Aside from this eliminating pretty much everything interesting worth discussing — including the weather since, with the growing mantra of “Global … Continue reading

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Morning’s Glory: The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, Morning’s Glory, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: Flowers are a symbol of hope, beauty, joy, happiness, good wishes, and cheer. We give them to one another on birthdays and anniversaries as an … Continue reading

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Forgiveness Is Difficult

Forgiveness. We all know we’re supposed to do it, we feel bad when we don’t, and sometimes it’s easier to just not think about it. But forgiveness is such a crucial element to Christianity — because it’s a major factor … Continue reading

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I Really Did Learn Something in Algebra Class

Like many others who struggled through algebra and its highbrow cousins in school and wondered how they would ever be useful in my life, I have successfully lived that life without advanced mathematics. Not that it was totally useless — aside from being a mind-stretching exercise … Continue reading

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Tired of Worrying — about Everything?

The story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-41 is a familiar one to many, especially women. The other day, I even ran across the term, “Martha Syndrome,” which I’m sure I have, because of a pronounced tendency (according to every … Continue reading

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When Life Hurts, and We Feel Alone

Life is hard, and it frequently hurts — whether or not we are Christians. (We eclipse that fact, you know — many Christians act as if, because they know the story of Jesus and read about Him in the Bible, … Continue reading

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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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