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“Jesus Wasn’t a Christian”

I hear that statement a lot these days. First, let’s clear something up: the term “Christian” originally denoted* “Christ-like.” And so, in the truest sense, Jesus not only was a Christian, but was the first and only perfect Christian who … Continue reading

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Shine Bright

“Let your light so shine before others, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” ~Matthew 5:16 My Featured Blogger this week is Gina Cash of On Scripture. Gina, who shares this site with her … Continue reading

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Commitment Takes Courage

Photo by Andre Gaulin “Have you ever committed yourself to something without realizing it would permanently alter the course of your life?” ~The Wishing Map Thought for the Week Planning is making a list of ‘Things to do at the … Continue reading

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Mourning Becomes Elective

Photo by Yousef Alfuhigi When I was a young man, I began searching for the meaning of life. Along the way, I wrote a travel journal, a mix of prose and poetry, and labelled it Fool’s Odyssey. Having failed to find … Continue reading

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Two Things in Life You Can’t Fake

Photo by Paul Duncan Thought for the Week There are two things in life you can’t fake: singing and sincerity. People may not tell you, but they know instantly when you’re off-key. So, before you go out on stage, make … Continue reading

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Childlike, Not Childish

Childishness is fine for children. But Jesus calls us to grow spiritually. And yet at the same time to become more childlike. Isn’t that a contradiction? No, because being childish is trusting in something limited and flawed, like ourselves. But being … Continue reading

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Learn…and Move On

I’m on location shooting a film this week, so my posts will be short but (hopefully) sweet. Thought for the Week If we are wise (and if we are not, no advice will help us) we will learn not to … Continue reading

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Tips for Writers: Always Tell the Truth, Even When You’re Lying

Photo by Thom Milkovic Most of us are familiar with the Blind Men and the Elephant story. Its point is twofold: No one has a complete picture, even if they were “there in person,” but… Everyone knows what they think … Continue reading

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Everythingism

Photo by Shashank Sahay (unsplash.com) Thought for the Week Many people say that all religions are equally valid, and that it’s unfair or that it’s infringing on other people’s rights to say otherwise. When did everythingism replace tolerance? The U.S. … Continue reading

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Have You Ever Wrestled With God?

Thought for the Week “Have you ever wrestled with God or your conscience over a choice you were afraid to make? For what it’s worth–and it’s worth a lot–God gets that. He’s been there (Matthew 26:39). And yet that single … Continue reading

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