Stumbling over the Kingdom of Heaven

Listen to Audio “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”  (Matthew 4:17) That’s what Jesus says.  Over and over.  In various ways.  Here and there he develops different implications.  But it all comes back to the Kingdom. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”   God reigns with love, and he brings…

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What Are You Looking For?

Listen to Audio Sometimes you don’t realize what you’re getting into.  Now I don’t have bad things in mind.  In fact, I’m thinking about good things like marriage or parenting.   It’s not that we knew nothing at all about these kinds of relationships before we got hitched or before our first child graduated from…

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What Are Friends For?

“What are friends for?” You’ve probably said this to somebody or heard it said by somebody else to you.  It’s a rhetorical question that means roughly, “You’re welcome.  I did this for you because of what we are to one another.” Nobody expects you to answer the question.  Well, at least, not until now.  Answering…

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Being Yourself is Not All About You

Listen to Audio Meeting new people used to terrify me.  Born with a cleft palate that went mostly uncorrected until I reached my twenties, I had a profound speech impediment.  Pronouncing “s” and “j” correctly was physically impossible for me.   Just think a minute about all the words with “s” in their spelling.  You…

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What You Find at the End of Your Rope

Listen to Audio In a few weeks we will be watching the Winter Olympics.  This year they will take place in Sochi, Russia.  For a few weeks Olympic news coverage centered on the political tensions surrounding the Games.  More recently terrorist attacks in Russia have stirred media speculation about violence possibly marring the Games. By contrast,…

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