When Life Becomes a Spiritual Obstacle Course

Have you ever found yourself faced with a huge obstacle? Sometimes, it’s hard to see Jesus at work when life becomes a spiritual obstacle course. Nevertheless, we know He’s there, and often Jesus will use a simple story to bring great truth.      I recently read the familiar passage about Zacchaeus, the tax collector, in Luke 19: 1-10. You

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Fan or Follower

If Jesus walked the earth today, would He have an online presence on Facebook or Twitter? I don’t think so, but the thought made me consider, am I a fan, or a follower, of Jesus? In social media the words fan and follower often are interchangeable. They represent a community linked by a common interest.     As Christians, it’s hard

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Who’s Leading Whom?

Charly is my eight-year old dog. We’ve been together since he was five weeks old, and I invested months of training. He’s a big boy and almost equals my weight. But despite his size, he’s easy to walk—well, until recently. Bad weather interfered with our morning walks, but with spring’s warmer weather, we resumed our schedule. To my surprise, Charly’s

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How to Keep Your Spiritual Fruit Fresh

  My orange tree had produced picture-perfect oranges, but to my disappointment, they were flavorless and dry. At that moment, conviction sobered my thoughts about my own spiritual fruit.   But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law (New International Version, Galatians 5:22-23). Like the tree, my “Christian” appearance

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Obedience versus Perfection

Recently, someone asked me to explain what gives me joy–a question that could go many directions. I answered with the first word that came to mind, obedience in Christ. I knew it sounded cliché and pious but that’s where my heart finds peace. Perhaps not as often as I would like, but it’s a place of comfort and joy. As

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Time and Energy: How to Find Your Healthy Rhythm

When we think about health, we think of proper diet, exercise and plenty of rest—often followed by a deep sigh. Time becomes the impending enemy. Can we harness time for spiritual and physical health? Merriam-Webster defines time as a “measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists.” Perhaps our struggle isn’t with time but with choice.     According to John

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