The Paradox of Serving

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One of the most important lessons I learned about being great came at the end of a day of work, and it was taught by a co-worker who never called herself Christian. She had a handle on being a servant, and she modeled it. In doing so, she became great. It had been one of those days, and I couldn’t wait to sign off and go home so I could sit and prop up my … Read more

Doing the Next Thing

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Mark 16:5-7 ESV: And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed.  And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.  But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see … Read more

Why the Curtain is Open!

I wonder how it felt to be able to walk right past that veil that had been torn in two and enter into that most sacred place: the Holy of Holies?!  Before the ripping, only the High Priest was allowed to go into the Holy of Holies – because God said that was how it was to be. The high priest was symbolic for the people: he represented them to God. The high priest was … Read more

How Playing as a Team Makes You a Winner

“It sure was fun having you on my team,” I told my daughter as we headed back to the house. We had just finished a Sunday afternoon football game in the front yard. “Yes, Mama,”my five-year-old replied. “It was good I was on your team, because if I wasn’t, a couple of times you would have been dead meat.” I smiled at  her response. She knew she was a valuable member of our team. We’d … Read more

Do I Have to Pray for My Enemy?

  The lawsuit against Dave’s father had made front page headlines in the small-town newspaper. A man of integrity and exceptional work, he was going to be taken to court by a disgruntled former client. Dave and I didn’t mind that the news hit the papers because all court information was public. What hurt was that some people actually believed the article and charged him as guilty before it ever went to court. They assumed … Read more