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Apr 11

Just Jesus by Walter Wink

Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 in Reviews, Spiritual, Values

JustJesusAs a well-read person I knew embarrassingly little about Walter Wink before I read this book. He’s a fascinating man. I wish that I had known him personally.

Reading “Just Jesus”, the final book by Walter Wink, was an introduction to a fascinating man who made public his joys and sorrows, successes and “my struggle to become human.” This book is a quick read. There are stories and discourses in short chapters, poems, and prayers.

I loved reading several chapters; my favorites were:

Jan 14

Deep Desire

Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

prayer file5131258260195“Desire is not merely a simple wish; it is a deep seated craving; an intense longing … it’s so important that one might say, almost, that desire is an absolute essential of prayer.” 1

Desire precedes prayer, accompanies it, and is followed by it. Desire goes before prayer, and by it, it’s created and intensified.

Prayer is the expression of desire.

Prayer comes out into the open.
Desire is silent.
Prayer is heard; desire, unheard.

Prayer – listening to, learning from and expressing our longings to God – is throughout the Scriptures.

Nov 27

Black Friday? Don’t Add Debt! The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition By Dave Ramsey

Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 in Financial, How To, Reviews, Values

A-Ramsey“A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness.” Those words attract me, but also make me ask, “Really?”

In his Introduction Dave Ramsey explains, “Over all these years, The Total Money Makeover has given HOPE to millions of families. This book has given them hope to win, and that hope has caused them to take action and claim ultimate victory over their financial struggles and worries—and to actually win!”

Nov 26

Doctor Who Celebrating Hope

Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 in Relational, Reviews, Spiritual, Values

dayIf I see a movie in a theater, I almost never pay full price. Last night was different. Last night was special. We saw the Day of the Doctor.

I started watching the BBC program Doctor Who during the 1970s. I sat with a couple of friends more than thirty years ago watching my first Doctor Who episodes.

Last night I sat with those same old friends watching another “old friend.”

The Doctor traveled in his TARDIS. He used his favorite tool the Sonic Screwdriver. He faced his adversaries the Daleks and their fearsome threat, “Ex-ter-min-ate.” And as the audience expected, The Doctor saved the day with morality, wisdom and cleverness.

Oct 31

Listen, Don’t T.R.I.P.

Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

tripThis week I’m focusing on five listening moments.

Monday was Listening to Understand
Tuesday was Listen Deeply
Wednesday was Listen Beneath The Surface

Listen In

Too often I thought I knew what someone was going to say. Too often I’ve made wrong assumptions, flawed judgments and drawn the wrong conclusions. I’m well intentioned, but I unfortunately T.R.I.P. and stumble and hurt others.

The acronym T.R.I.P. is a warning to me to be a better listener; maybe it will help you too.

Live It

T – Listen Tenderly
R – Listen Respectfully
I – Listen to avoid Ignorance
P – Listen, be Patient

Oct 21

Proof

Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013 in Values

Genuine beliefs are made obvious by what people do. We always live up to our beliefs–or down to them, as the case may be.

~ Dallas Williard

Oct 2

Honestly Corrupted

Posted on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 in Emotional, Relational, Values

Corruption Challenged

Why do people feel compelled to tell their friends that they like their ugly shirt? That “their hair is so cute”? That they enjoy a song that they’ve never heard? Or, watched a movie they’ve never seen?

Why?

I believe that it’s all boils down to a fear of rejection. Too often we are held in bondage by fear; that if we are honest that people will reject us.

I have found that people like and trust me more since I chose to always be honest than when I tried to say what I thought that they wanted me to say.

Oct 1

Beware The Snare

Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 in Relational

The advice of the wise is like a life-giving fountain; those who accept it avoid the snares of death.” 1

 

1 – Proverbs 13:14, NLT

Sep 30

Worry Weighs A Lot

Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 in Emotional, Relational, Spiritual

Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.” 1

1 – Proverbs 12:25, NLT

Aug 20

Comic Book Failure

Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

Justice League106Yesterday I explained that I began reading comic books when I was ten years old. Then for more than twenty years I didn’t read a single issue.

So when I resumed reading comic books initially it was to both revisit some special childhood memories and then to complete some stories with unresolved cliffhangers.

Little did I know that as I read I’d find meaningful lessons. For example, the comic book depicted here.

We’re Not Alone

Justice League was a team-based comic book series that faced only the biggest most challenging challenges. Their membership combined some of the greatest heroes in the DC Comic universe.