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November 12, 2019

Breaking out of the Sisyphean Nightmare

As I shared last week, Sisyphus from the Greek myth, is punished for his pride by being forced to roll a boulder up a hill, only to have it roll…
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November 5, 2019

The Sisyphean Nightmare

We are so driven to perform and succeed that we are driving ourselves literally insane with such a busy and crammed schedule. We are losing the purpose of our existence.…
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October 29, 2019

Godfather Kingdom?

We’ve confused Father God with the Godfather. Vito Corleone (Marlin Brando), is the legendary godfather, from the famous Francis Ford Coppola film, who said, “I’ll make him an offer he…
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October 22, 2019

The Ax, Fire and Fear

What is it about boys and sharp objects? Even lethal objects? Something comes out in a young boy’s heart when he is confronted with fear. Fearful things bring out courage…
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September 24, 2019

I Love the Real Church

I have this picture of Jesus and his disciples sitting around a blazing fire on the Judean countryside, with a full moon lighting up the sky and a crisp, cool…
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September 10, 2019

The Manifesto That Transforms: Happy Attitudes, Part 9

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10, NKJV, emphasis mine). I’m reading the fascinating book, “Amazing Grace,” by Eric Metaxas. The…
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September 6, 2019

The Manifesto That Transforms: Happy Attitudes, Part 8

Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9, NKJV) It’s quite interesting, from a historical perspective, that one of the chief statements in the Beatitudes…
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August 15, 2019

The Manifesto That Transforms: Happy Attitudes, Part 7

Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God (Matthew 5:8, NKJV). A pure heart is a heart full. Jesus is speaking of a heart full of God,…
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August 6, 2019

The Manifesto That Transforms: Happy Attitudes, Part 6

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. (Matthew 5:7, NKJV). Dietrich Bonhoeffer said of this verse, “As if their own needs and their own distress are not…
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July 30, 2019

The Manifesto That Transforms: The Happy Attitudes, Part 5

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. Being a God chaser is a happy state indeed. Jesus is sharing the fourth value of the Kingdom of…