A Closer Walk: Information Age

I don’t suppose there has ever been a time like the one we are living in, where there is so much information being disseminated from so many sources. Movies, television, internet, books, newspapers, magazines, even our phones are now in on the act! Hundreds of thousands of voices, all vying for our attention in the…

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A Closer Walk: Jar of Clay With Cross of Christ

Ever wonder why God gave us something as awesome as a new heart, the power of Himself in the form of the Holy Spirit, and then stuck all that great mightiness in this flawed and flimsy jar of clay? Why’d He do that? I mean, God could have fixed it so we’d never struggle again,…

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A Closer Walk: Can I Hear The People Say “Amen?”

I was told that my grandfather used to say, “The most difficult thing in his Christian life was waiting for God.” Can I hear an amen? Waiting is not my best thing. I’ve said this before but it bears repeating. Waiting for stuff in our instant I-can-have-it-now society is a real struggle for me. Waiting…

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A Closer Walk: Too Soon Old ~ Too Late Smart

You know that old saying? Too soon old. Too late smart. (Yeah, that one.) Well, I don’t want to be that guy. I don’t want to be the guy that still, even with a head full of silver, isn’t… learning, growing, maturing, and getting wisdom. Yeah, all that good stuff! Since we all have only a…

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A Closer Walk: Royally Ticked Off

Everywhere you go these days it’s hard not to run into someone who is royally ticked off about something. Whether it’s the guy sitting next to you in a waiting room, those constant talking-heads on the tube, or even the people in your own house… ANGER is everywhere.   I grew up in the sixties.…

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A Closer Walk: The Excellence of Grace

No one is as hard on me as I am—and I do realize that some of that—is the way I was raised. My parents preached excellence to their kids. I remember constantly hearing as I was growing up,”That everything I do, should be done with a spirit of excellence.”   Always my folks would tell…

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A Closer Walk: Leaning Into Freedom

It has taken me almost a lifetime to value weakness; to learn the strength of leaning and the freedom in surrender. (I’m not comfortable with leaning but not for the obvious reasons.) I have been accused of the sin of pride and in some cases it was true. (Don’t we all sometimes struggle with pride?)…

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A Closer Walk: The Kingdom Business of ABIDING

I wonder if I am in the church’s majority, or minority, when it comes to this Kingdom business of “abiding.” Does anyone else struggle with this as much as I do? I mean, I am really lousy at it. It doesn’t seem like it should be that tough, but if you’re a recovering (and I…

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A Closer Walk: Tranquility Much Preferred

We all like those times of tranquility in life don’t we? When our lives are peaceful and all systems are “go.” I confess, l love those times. I’m not fond of trouble or chaos. (Nope, not my thing.) I’d prefer a life of lush green meadows and quiet still waters. It sounds so nice. I…

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