Sayings, songs and sundry speeches have long and overarching reaches.
I’ll explain this bit of verse after setting the stage.
People often put stock in wise-sounding sayings. But does everyone examine each saying closely before jumping on its bandwagon? Having said this, I realize anything I say—particularly on this subject—should have its feet held to the fire as well.
Continue reading “Some Sayings Are Just Sayings”
We take our first as a newborn baby and our last just before we die. But where does it come from? I’m not asking for the scientific explanation of how the human lungs work with oxygen to keep us breathing. I’m asking where the first breath came from when the first human breathed for the first time.
Continue reading “Are You Sweetening God’s Breath?”
Birthdays aren’t just another way to mark time! Continue reading Why I Say “Happy Birthday!”
This past Easter I was reminded of something I’d heard of most of my life but hadn’t spent much time observing—some people only attend church worship services at Easter and Christmas. This year I really watched for it. Sure enough, there was an influx of unfamiliar faces from somewhere. While I don’t have an official count, I could tell our pews had much fewer empty seats than non-holiday Sundays.
Continue reading “Why Attend Church at All?”
“Thank God it’s Friday!” Ever wonder where that phrase came from? I haven’t “googled” it or read a Wikipedia entry. I’m going to do my own digging for the idiomatic origins of this well-used blessing. Actually, all I’m going to say is that it must have started when somebody learned about or was reminded of “Good Friday” from the Christian tradition.
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Have you ever felt overly drawn to the things of this world? Do you ever get drained by an attraction to undertakings that are at best fleeting pleasures but at worst leeching parasites on your soul? I know I get drained, and fairly often. Is enough ever enough?
Continue reading “Lust, Flesh, Eyes and Pride”
Imagine an audio equalizer as an analogy for comparing humans to God. This tool—sometimes referred to as a “soundboard” or “audio mixer”—has physical sliders that move between a minimum and maximum value. Now imagine this equalizer has dozens of columns lined up, each with its own slider that ranges from zero to 10. Each column represents a different personal attribute like patience or love.
Continue reading “We Have, but God Is”