Category Archives: simple living

Blind Obedience

Years ago, a woman proudly described to me what her husband had said about her: “He said I was very strong-willed,” she commented, “and that I needed to be more obedient.” After figuring out that she wasn’t referring to the … Continue reading

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Looking for Things That Are Worth Finding

The story of the painting, Eyrie, by Steve Henderson, at Start Your Week with Steve: We live in a world that little appreciates the value and worth of solitude. Our days consist of the busyness of commerce, and while one … Continue reading

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Don’t Give up Your Saturdays

The story of the painting, Saturday by Steve Henderson, at Start Your Week with Steve: Especially in today’s world, not everyone’s weekend falls on Saturday. But the concept of Saturday — a day, or at least a portion of it, that … Continue reading

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The False Promotion — and Real Demotion — of the Family

It’s so easy to fall into the trap of wholeheartedly believing two opposite statements, cleverly presented, simultaneously. Take the concept of family, for example. For years, the government and mass media systems have been promoting the message that “family is dysfunctional,” … Continue reading

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If He’s Famous, and He Says It, Do We Believe It?

We are a culture saturated in celebrity worship. This isn’t surprising, given that mass media — through TV, movies, social media, newspapers, magazines, advertising, and incessant digital nagging from our “smart” phones — infects every moment of our lives. (We … Continue reading

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God Just Called Himself a Chicken!

When someone calls us a chicken, most of us don’t take it as a compliment. But when God describes Himself as a chicken, as He does in Luke 14:34-35, it’s worth pausing over the passage and meditating: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, … Continue reading

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All Wrapped Up in Christmas? Do It Right.

The story of the painting, All Wrapped Up, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: All Wrapped Up catches Santa in the midst of a frenzy of paper and ribbons, to the point that he is one with … Continue reading

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Leaving Church

Leaving church — whether a specific fellowship or the industrial model altogether — is not a decision people make lightly. Nor is it one that others take well, and if you are in the process of dropping out of a … 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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Forgiveness Is Difficult

Forgiveness. We all know we’re supposed to do it, we feel bad when we don’t, and sometimes it’s easier to just not think about it. But forgiveness is such a crucial element to Christianity — because it’s a major factor … Continue reading

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