Category Archives: Encouragement

Christianity’s Broken Promise — or Man’s?

This weekend I enjoyed the company of three out of four of my adult children. It is impossible for me to describe to you how much I love these four progeny of mine — whenever I talk to them, play … Continue reading

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Sleeping Christians

The Bible talks a lot about being awake, and all Christians like to think that they are so: “Oh, yes — I’m awake all right to the evils of the world around me!” Quite honestly, as much as we would like to … Continue reading

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Christians Are Not Citizens of Babylon

The 6th century, B.C., was a tumultuous one for the Hebrew people. Always beset and troubled by enemies, the Jewish state, barely holding out in the territory of Judah and its capitol city, Jerusalem, was finally and fully conquered by … Continue reading

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Queen Anne’s Lace — The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, Queen Anne’s Lace, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: Queen Anne’s Lace is essentially a wild carrot, and is so named because the tiny white flowers on the broad white head are … Continue reading

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Are You a Nobody?

Have you ever wondered why, in the Nativity story, a host of angels appeared to a bunch of shepherds, other than that, thousands of years later, shepherds would make a great addition to the figurine collection in a Nativity set? … Continue reading

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When Reading the Bible Bores You

Christianity is all about being honest, and if most of us were honest with one another — say, about reading the Bible — many of our conversations would look like this: “I know I should read the Bible, but I … Continue reading

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Leaving Church — Why Do People Do It?

Years ago, when we still attended weekly church services, a longtime acquaintance (that’s generally what we are in church situations — we’re rarely given time to freely mingle and get to know one another as friends) left. If you attend … Continue reading

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Money Isn’t the Only Blessing

Years ago, I spoke with a new mom about being lonely, and mentioned that I had experienced my share of that painful condition. “Oh, I’m not LONELY!” she shot back, as if we were discussing leprosy or something. You get the same reaction … Continue reading

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God Cares about Our Dreams

From the time we are schoolchildren, we are regularly assured, “You can be anything you want to be. Just dream it, and it will come true.” Do an Internet search on “following your dreams” and you’ll come up with everything … Continue reading

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Grazing in the Salmon River Mountains — The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, Grazing in the Salmon River Mountains, by Steve Henderson, at Start Your Week with Steve. The Pacific Northwest is a land of mountains and dreams, meadows and aspirations, hidden lakes and hard work. Recently, we visited a … Continue reading

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