Category Archives: self-improvement

Worshiping God, Outside of the Group

If you’re a Christian, and you’ve attended church, then you probably recognize the term: “Worship Service.” This is the time, just after the announcements and immediately before the sermon, when the congregation corporately sings — from the hymnal or off the … Continue reading

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Christian Meditation

Meditation is one of those words with multiple meanings, and some Christians are frightened by the concept because they think that meditating involves emptying their minds completely and allowing outside spiritual forces to fill the vacuum. (Interestingly, this is a good description … Continue reading

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Christians: Here Are Three Sentences That Really Help People

Words are powerful, but not in the way prosperity preachers or New Age advocates claim. While words themselves do not convey any ability to create reality, simply because we utter them (e.g., “I CLAIM this blessing!”), they affect those around us because … Continue reading

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Gathering Thoughts — The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, Gathering Thoughts, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: The ocean is a place of peace and tranquility, interspersed with motion, movement, and the endless sound of the surf. The first response of … Continue reading

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Human Suffering, and Wondering What God Is Doing about It

On one of the Christian Google communities I follow, a perfidious little troll regularly posts photos of starving children, highlighting his point with accompanying commentary like, “Where is the good and gracious God?” Actually, he’s more verbally adroit than that — quite shrewd, actually — and … Continue reading

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Into the Surf: The Story of This Painting

The story of Into the Surf, the original oil painting by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: Children are the world’s best imitators. Naturally observant (until we educate it out of them), they learn by watching, reflecting and doing, … Continue reading

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You’re Not Too Dumb to Read the Bible Yourself

How much education does the average Christian need in order to be qualified to study the Bible? Within conventional, establishment Christianity — the kind overwhelmingly and depressingly practiced in countries like the one in which I was born and live, … Continue reading

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Spiritual Abuse

Years ago in my little town, there was a restaurant that was known not for the quality of its food (above average), the ambiance of its surroundings (cheap chic), or the professionalism of its staff (non-existent). It was famous, and wildly … Continue reading

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Recipe: Save Money Pork Stew

Theoretically, stew is supposed to be a cheap meal, because it’s a conglomeration of inexpensive ingredients — namely vegetables — with a little bit of meat. The idea is to stretch out that little bit of meat to feed more … Continue reading

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Recipe: Hot Chocolate — the Real Thing, Not the Powder

Those of us who grew up in the 1970s know that it was not an era of of high taste — be it in food, fashion, or home decor. The latter brought us avocado green appliances and brown and orange … Continue reading

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