Category Archives: inspirational

Dogs, Cats, or People — Which Are Smarter?

It’s time to bring to a close the age-old debate about whether dogs or cats — and the people who prefer one to the other — are smarter. Not because the general populace has accepted the final resolution of the issue … Continue reading

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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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Why Group Prayer Isn’t the Only, or Best Option

Although it’s been years since I’ve been in a regular church situation, I can still conjure up the feelings of dread I felt at “prayer time,” sitting around a circle (we’re told it’s “intimate”) and sharing details about our lives. The worst part was … Continue reading

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If We Don’t Forgive Others, Does God Ignore Us?

Too many Christians spend too much time trying to placate a God who will not be satisfied with anything they do, simply because He dislikes them so much. Despite this being an inaccurate understanding of the intimate relationship between a loving, … 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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Fox, Facebook, Fear and Freedom — Go For Door Number 4

Christians are some of the most fearful people I know. Well, let me rephrase that: people who call themselves Christians, judge their spirituality by church attendance, and rely upon Facebook postings and Fox News for keeping up on what’s happening … Continue reading

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Following Christ, not Human Figureheads

For no other reason than that I don’t want to be cranky and unhappy, I try to go through life not getting too exasperated by annoying issues, but the other day, I snapped. It was with extreme irritation that I … 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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