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Another Take on 70 X 7

What do I mean by another take on 70 x 7? Forgiving, in theory, is not overly complicated. Forgiving in practice is not overly simplistic. It seems the Old Testament encouraged the practice of forgiving someone up to three times or maybe four. Fast forward to the New Testament, and Peter, remembering Jesus teaching the…

M A G A

For the past few years, we have seen this acronym (MAGA) in various places. I’m sure you all have an idea of what it means. Or, at least you think you do. M A G A = Mad At God Again All anger inevitably makes its way back to God. It is an uncomfortable thought, but true. Historically, God…

What is Porn Addiction?

What is Porn Addiction? There is some difference of opinion on what addiction is, including pornography addiction. The determining factor is often whether you are the primary figure in the addiction or if it is someone else under consideration. It is a whole lot easier to diagnose addiction in others than in ourselves. Anything that…

Get Wisdom—Get Understanding!

Get Wisdom—Get Understanding! People recognize the value of pursuing wisdom. Some propagate the benefit of receiving a degree from a college, university, or seminary. Others prefer obtaining a specialized certification from a trade school. Some refer to themselves as self-taught, spending countless hours poring over information designed to help them hone their craft or interest.…

Responding to False Accusations

Responding to False Accusations Have you ever been accused incorrectly? Of course, you have. It started early on in life when your parents accused you of making a mess. In reality, it was your sibling, a neighborhood friend, or the family pet. But you were accused, and you had to clean it up. Do you…

Perfect Hatred!

Perfect Hatred Is perfect hatred possible? The Psalmist, David, spends most of the 139th Psalm declaring the beautiful works of God on a personal level. If it’s been a while since you have read Psalm 139, I encourage you to do so. Then, David gets to the 19th verse and does an about-face. David clearly…

Love Thyself!

Love Thyself! I understand this will make some folks uncomfortable. I can see the gears in your mind working through this, “What does he mean, Love Thyself!” We’re not supposed to do that. Wrong. We know the first greatest commandment is to ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart, all you soul, and…

Needy People!

Who is needy? People don’t like being needy or being considered needy. Many shy away from those they think are needy. As we reflect on this idea of needy people, it is essential to determine who is needy. So, here are my thoughts on the matter. I am needy! You are needy! All of humanity…

To Be Known by God

To Be Known by God. We live in a world exploding with information. People trip over themselves trying to gain knowledge, whether it is accurate or not. But knowing does not guarantee us anything. Knowledge alone does not satisfy the soul. What does satisfy is being known. Curt Thompson, MD, says, “The process of being…

Apostolic Moral Purity

Apostolic Moral Purity “I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;” (1 Timothy 2:8). Paul gives men three requirements to be a godly man: Lift up holy hands in prayer. (Having a body free from sin.) Worship without anger. (Have a spirit free from anger.) Worship without…

I Love You Too!

I Love You Too! Within most relationships, one person is the primary initiator, and the other is the responder. For example, in the area of affection, one spouse says, “I love you,” and the other spouse responds by saying, “I love you, too.” The initiating spouse will reach out their hand first, and the other…

Perfect Love

Perfect Love What is perfect love? It seems reasonable for the beloved disciple to be the only one to write about perfect love (1 John 4:18). I have been curious about this descriptive term for much of my life. Perfect love is not where a relationship starts. As a teenager, I remember my mother brushing…