Category Archives: Family

Taking a Sabbatical from Church

Within many Christian circles, church attendance is synonymous with one’s belief in Jesus, and for those who don’t attend, at all, or even deliberately skip a Sunday or two, the validity and value of their spirituality is called seriously into question. … Continue reading

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Living in Limbo-Land

Dreams are great things. They push us, prod us, exhilarate us, give us hope for a brighter future. They also frustrate us to no end, especially when we have a dream, a desire, a longing, an aching — for years and … Continue reading

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Little Angel Bright — The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting Little Angel Bright, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: Christmas, like snowfall, prompts different responses in people: some roll their eyes, upset by commercialism; others insist that Santa has nothing to do … Continue reading

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Is Christianity a Series of Laws?

In a recent conversation with a five-year-old, it came out that using a pen, in kindergarten, is a prohibited activity. Violation of this particular law results in the punishment of putting one’s head down on the desk. What strikes me most … Continue reading

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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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Fear God — Don’t Be Frightened by Him

Discipline is an ambiguous word, easily misunderstood because its two major applications are so at variance with one another. In a good sense, discipline is what athletes do — training their bodies to achieve top performance through practice, hard work, persistence, … 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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