You Should Know Better

Ouch! That hurt! It wouldn’t have hurt anymore if he’d actually hit me with his fists. He had confronted me with the reality that my words had so offended his friend that that friend didn’t want anything to do with God anymore. Oh No! I was young and foolish (of...

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What’s The Opposite of Love?

What do you think is the opposite of love? The easy answer is hate but that isn’t even close. Because hate takes attention and focus and (usually) preoccupation with the object of your hate. And the truth is love takes the same. To love something or someone takes attention, focus,...

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A Reviling Judgement

One of the questions I get often from parents trying to raise children in a society and culture that seems to have been reduced to sand. This reduction has occurred as we moderns have allowed the deconstruction of timeless wisdom preserved for centuries, all in the name of being relevant...

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We Are All Called

The dictionary defines the word “obligation” as “an act or course of action to which a person is morally or legally bound; a duty or commitment.” When I was growing up, my mother taught me that I wasn’t free to do what I wanted until I did what I must....

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Being Filled with The Spirit

Hey, we were kids! And it was Christmas morning AND our parents were still asleep AND it was a snow cone maker AND there were sugary syrup packets! What did you expect was going to happen? Well, let’s just say that after THAT Christmas morning a general rule was firmly...

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You Should Have Listened to Me!

She just rolled her eyes. I’m getting that more and more from my 12 year old lately! Sure, I had just used one of my old, worn out Dad sayings, one of my favorites when I say that everyone would be happier if they would all just do as I...

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Paul Says He’s Alive!

Jesus gave us many promises as he preached and taught during His ministry. The problem is we want to pay attention to the “happy” promises like “ask, and it shall be given to you.” We have a bit more trouble hearing this promise to us from Jesus: “If the persecuted...

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Take Courage

When I am at peace with the direction of my life I find that restfulness spills over onto those around me. But that makes perfect sense. After all, we constantly pray in the liturgy “For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger, and necessity, let us pray to the Lord....

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Full of the Holy Spirit

This famous conversation between St. Seraphim of Sarov and a young, Russian nobleman is a true treasure for us today: Movilof asked: “What does it mean, acquiring the Holy Spirit?” Abba Seraphim replied: “When you acquire something you own it, like owning money. The Holy Spirit is your heavenly capital....

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The Gift of Prophecy

There are real and debilitating consequences to living life asleep. Wow, what a way to begin a devotional! But seriously, the ancient saying “the unexamined life is not worth living” hits home precisely because most of my troubles in my life are self-inflicted AND result from not taking the time...

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