Tag Archives: discipling others

Watch and Stumble

Have you ever heard it said, “The church is full of hypocrites. I want nothing to do with it,” when you invite someone to attend your church? How many people do you know who’ve walked away from a particular church because of something someone said or did? When was the last time you heard of […]

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Love for Enemies

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus set the bar pretty high. He knew that in our naturalness, our human-ness, the first thing we’d do when confronted by someone we consider an enemy, is to hurt them back, to remove them from our presence. We separate ourselves from an enemy, place great distance between us, […]

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Worth the Effort

Jesus Teaches on Loving Your Enemies A few years ago, I heard of a group of people who practiced the principle of “an eye for an eye”. If one person committed a crime against another, a similar offense would be perpetrated against that person, something that fit his crime as a form of punishment. Some […]

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Let Your Yes be Yes…

Jesus Teaches on Oaths Years ago, when my father-in-law had to go to court, he was asked to swear that he would tell the truth. He refused. His belief was that it was wrong for him to swear on a Bible so the judge allowed him to affirm that his ‘yes’ would be ‘yes’ and […]

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Potholes

Jesus Teaches on Divorce When my children were teenagers, almost all of their friends were from single parent homes. Busy moms left teens, with little or no guidelines, to fend for themselves. Morals were not taught in these homes, or at least most of them, and the results were girls and guys flitting about the […]

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A Mind Game

Jesus Teaches on Adultery Defined in Wikipedia, adultery is sexual relations outside of marriage, in one form or another. The definition varies in different states and countries, however. In the traditional English common law, adultery was a felony. In New York, an adulterer is a person who engages in sexual intercourse with another person at […]

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Words Don’t Hurt, or Do They?

Jesus Teaches on Murder These days, the airwaves are filled with articles about bullying, as if this is a new phenomenon. During his 3rd to 8th grade at a Catholic private school, our youngest son was bullied repeatedly and the more we tried to stop it, the worse it got. It seemed that no one […]

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Given For Enrichment

Years ago, I attended my first writer’s conference. There I learned what characterized good writing and what I needed to look for in order to make sure that people enjoyed reading my work and weren’t distracted by errors. I learned the rules. I was a writer before but now I had some parameters to guide […]

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Rules Provide Freedom

Steve trudged toward the kitchen door. “I can’t believe it.” He yanked the kitchen door open. “Stupid lawyers.” He grumbled and then slammed the door behind him. “We have rights, too.” He strode toward his motorcycle, placing each foot down so hard it looked as if he was stomping on the head of some government […]

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Boundaries, Our Security Blanket

Jesus Teaches about The Law Years ago, after the birth of a litter of Shih-Tzu puppies, I watched as they explored their limited environment. They lived, for the first couple of weeks, in a large cardboard box. I’d take them out several times a day, place them on a couple of sheets of newspaper for […]

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