Jesus Is…

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God (John 1:1). And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth (John 1:14). He is eternal (John 8:58 NLT): “Jesus said, I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am.” He is unchangeable (immutable): Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He is creator: Through Him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16 NLT). Read more…

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Looking Back, Moving Forward

There are a lot of famous people from the past that I admire, but they like all of us, are a mixed bag. Not ‘all’ their qualities were admirable, not all the decisions they made were perfect. We have the tendency to examine their lives and decide we would not have made the same mistakes. Psychologists call that hindsight bias; it’s how we as humans have the tendency to overestimate our ability to predict an outcome. Read more…


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The View From Here

When I was a little child, a neighborhood friend a few houses up the street, lived in a home with a steep driveway. It was the delight of each of us to ride our bikes down that ‘very high mountain’. I remember having to work up my courage the first time or two down. Once I realized I wouldn’t die, it was all the more fun. Many years later we drove through the old neighborhood. While surveying old landmarks, I laughed at myself when I saw the ‘steep driveway’ for it was nothing more than a slight incline. It was hardly a ‘very high mountain’. That’s perspective.  Read more…


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Perfect like me?

I have a sweet little book on our nightstand. I picked it up at an antique mall. On its front cover is a quote from Jane Austen (1775-1817), “Perhaps it is our imperfections that make us so perfect for each other.” I love that thought, a great reminder for a marriage…that whatever faults I find in my spouse are also found in me.
 
No relationship, whether spouse to spouse, parent to child, friend to friend or supervisor to employee is devoid of the need for a healthy dose of humility. Right?
 
How humbling it is to admit fault…that original sin thing–pride–has divided many families, churches and friendships. The apostle Paul said it like this: “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful for me, but not all things edify…Let no one seek his own good but each one the other’s well-being.” I Corinthians 10:23,24
 
You know, I could do this if only my tongue was under complete control 24/7, but sometimes I fail and out comes something that doesn’t build up but, instead tears down. I like to think that you are like me.
 
Let’s remember we are all imperfect, each striving to grow in our faith and faithfulness…no judging here ’cause I am too acutely aware of my own imperfections.
 
 

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