Category Archives: religion

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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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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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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Christians: If We Were More Honest With Ourselves, More People Would Listen

I have to be in a certain mood to read the book of Proverbs, which consists, primarily, of pithy — yet wise, and true — statements in couplet form. Part of me always thinks, “Most of these were written by Solomon, … Continue reading

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Are Negative Thoughts Necessarily Bad Ones?

A good lie is 95 percent true. After all, if it’s too obviously false, like, “Negative thoughts have a magnetic force that causes them to glow and pulsate. Attracted by the light, people gravitate toward the thoughts, physically run into them, … Continue reading

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Getting Rid of The Feeling That We’re Failures

Just outside our dining room window is an extremely pathetic nectarine tree. Actually, when it comes to producing nectarines, it’s phenomenally successful. With its lack of leaves, hollowed out inner section, and floppy branches, however, it projects a wretched state of … Continue reading

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