42018Dec
Everyday Repentance and Forgiveness in Relationships

Everyday Repentance and Forgiveness in Relationships

We (Neil and Melissa) will be doing a joint post today. The first part will be written from Neil’s perspective, and the second part will be from Melissa’s. We will conclude with some joint thoughts.   From Neil’s perspective:  Mornings have become a hectic time for me. With age, I’ve had to add a couple…

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202018Nov
What Do You See?

What Do You See?

In the picture attached to this post, there are actually three very different things one might notice when looking at it. What do you see? In life, we encounter situations in which we believe very strongly that we know all we need to know about what’s going on. We are surprised when others have a…

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232018Oct
One Thing after Another

One Thing after Another

Sometimes in life we experience a series of events that feel like a beating. We are hit with one difficult circumstance, and before we can recover we are hit with another. It feels like one thing after another. Often, a sense of hopelessness sets in. We become angry. Anxiety increases as we anticipate the next…

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22018Oct
The Matrix

The Matrix

A couple of years ago, I was watching a video in which Bruce McNicol (of Trueface) discussed what he called “The Matrix”. His words hit me like a ton of bricks. I realized I often live in a matrix when it comes to the concept of God’s grace. I do not think I am alone. Too…

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252018Sep
Hiding in Plain View

Hiding in Plain View

I’ve written quite a bit about hiding our true selves from others. I do it for several reasons. One of those reasons is how hiddenness prevents us from enjoying and getting close to each other. A sinister thing about hiding is that you can do it in plain view of others. We can go to…

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112018Sep
When God Doesn’t Stop the Lightning

When God Doesn’t Stop the Lightning

A few weeks ago, while engaged in conversation that included a close friend of ours (my wife and I), this friend told a brief story that has stuck with me ever since. She, a mother of two, told about how her daughter often runs to her room during the night when there is a thunderstorm….

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282018Aug
Have Your Way

Have Your Way

“For ‘All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.’ And this word is the good news that was preached to you.” (1 Peter 1:24, ESV) Grass and flowers eventually die. Even the most beautiful…

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142018Aug
Ready to Be Wrong

Ready to Be Wrong

The other day I was in a funk. I had been for a few days. The frustration and feelings of hopelessness were taking over. It was like a snow ball going downhill, growing and growing. Then, all of a sudden I was confronted by someone, and I didn’t like it. Being ready to be wrong…

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312018Jul
Take a Look at Yourself

Take a Look at Yourself

This morning, I got ready for work and then went to where Melissa was to ask her a question. I was in a good mood. Well, I was trying to be. After getting a response, she asked me for my insight on another subject. She was struggling with a task she was working on. She…

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172018Jul
Imitating God

Imitating God

It is a fact that children learn a great deal of important things from their parents. We imitate them, or strive not to imitate them, depending on our experience growing up. Either way, we are strongly affected by what we see our mothers and fathers do and not do. The way a parent handles their…

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