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How to Have a Merry COVID Christmas

Honestly? Like all the Whos in Whoville, my wife and I were pretty depressed when we first started talking about Christmas this year. It seemed Grinch-19 had stolen it right out from under us! For the first time in her … Continue reading

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Redeeming Our World

“Then the LORD God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to cultivate and watch over it.” ~Genesis 2:15 As we return, post-lockdown, to the world around us, so does the pollution we create. If it … Continue reading

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My Rock

“When you’re drowning and someone reaches down from a rock and says, ‘Grab my hand!” you do it! That’s when it’s all right to use someone, Alec. Because that’s how they got there That’s how I did. That’s how my … Continue reading

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Only One Life

I avoid “Christianese” like the plague. I can speak it fluently, but it’s not my native language. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a bona fide Jesus follower. It’s just that those who speak in code seldom reach anyone but themselves. … Continue reading

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Heaven?

Many will say: Those who do this and steer clear of that clearly have God tucked under their hat. And those who’ve insured themselves against fire by naming the cross and defaming desire are certain their names must appear on … Continue reading

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Can Anyone Who is “Un-Saved” be Redeemed?

Not everyone uses the term un-saved. But Jesus said, and our own eyes tell us, that there are people who are on paths of self-destruction, whose choices are toxic to themselves and to others. I know, because I was one … Continue reading

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In Our Father’s House

My dear cousin Ellen passed away yesterday. Ellen responded to an altar call many years back, after a performance by my old Christian comedy act Isaac Air Freight. And so did our mutual grandmother, by the way (Grandma died a … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Epiphany

Dictionaries define epiphany as a sudden or divine revelation. The annual celebration called Epiphany, traditionally on January 6th, commemorates the ultimate epiphany: the revelation that Yeshua Ha’Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah) came to save not only the people of Israel, but … Continue reading

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He Made a Way

Part Two (to read Part One, click here) Having “my own religion” was a bit of a bust. But I pressed on, determined like Adam and Eve to discern good and evil for myself. I was currently pondering the Eightfold Path … Continue reading

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My Mother’s Death: An Irrational Joy

My mother died on Thanksgiving Day and I have never felt more joy in my life. Am I mad or merely cold-hearted? Neither. I was raised believing in Me and Mom and Dad. And that was pretty much it. God … Continue reading

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