Out of Options

  [418 words] l don’t know about you, but l have a hard time being told what to do. l feel as though, being an adult and overall responsible and trustworthy, l should not have to be forced to comply to any command or request of anyone walking the face of this earth. If and when l comply or fulfill any request, it is because l have chosen to do so of my own free will. I believe that can be said of most people. We are not forced to love who we love. We make that choice. We are...

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Don’t Be So Irrational

We have two dogs at home, both a breed of terrier. To say that they are high strung can, at times, be somewhat of an understatement. For example, the other day, after putting away the groceries. l wadded up the plastic bags and tossed them onto the trash. Notice I said, “onto,” and not “into,“ because the trash was already full. Of course the dogs were busy nosing about the kitchen in hopes that what l just brought in would somehow become food. l suppose the wind produced from my scampering about blew the hoard of plastic bags off of...

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We Need Each Other!

[264 words] There is an indelible and universal truth as it pertains to the church. We need each other. In fact, the Bible is adamantly clear that without the contribution of each member, the church does not properly function. Thus is the substance of Paul’s discussion in 1 Corinthians 12. The church in Corinth struggled with supremacy. There were those who possessed the most coveted and thereby most respected spiritual gifts, and to those they bestowed greater honor. Within the church, they were considered the most important. To dispel such a divisive notion and to promote unity, Paul makes some...

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Wasting Time

I have heard others say, myself included, “This is a waste of time?” How do you define wasted time? By what standard or what measure do you utilize to determine if the use of your time has been worth it or wasted? For example, I have a friend who thinks he is funny. He always has a joke to tell. Every time he begins with, “Have you heard this one?” I always and immediately conclude that what proceeds out of his mouth will by no means be funny; nor in any capacity will it be beneficial. It is, in the...

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No More Excuses!

  [391 words] We all know the common excuses people make at times when it pertains to the work of the church. If we were to list them in order of their most frequent use they would fall as follows: 1. l don’t have the time. 2. I don’t have the talent. 3. l don’t have the opportunity. I would like to address one that l have heard more often than l would like: I don’t have the talent. Notice what the Bible says in 1 Peter 4:10-11, “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another,...

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Look Back And You Lose!

I didn’t run many races when I was a kid. I was too fat for that. In fact, if I ever actually participated with the skinny folk, there was no doubt l would lose. That is, unless I was racing my friend Darrell. He was a bit chunky in the midsection, and had an affinity for Doritos and Dr. Pepper, like myself. So, from time to time, when all of our skinny friends went home, or were busy, we would occasionally, for kicks, race each other. It was the only time I stood a chance. Not much of one, mind...

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We Need Each Other!

  [264 words] There is an indelible and universal truth as it pertains to the church. We need each other. In fact, the Bible is adamantly clear that without the contribution of each member, the church does not properly function. Thus is the substance of Paul’s discussion in 1 Corinthians 12. The church in Corinth struggled with supremacy. There were those who possessed the most coveted and thereby most respected spiritual gifts, and to those they bestowed greater honor. Within the church, they were considered the most important. To dispel such a divisive notion and to promote unity, Paul makes...

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