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The War Less Travelled

Posted by admin in October 14th, 2008 | 3 comments 
Published in faith

It’s tough to write about war. My husband continually reminds me that I live in a free country with all its privileges because people were willing to give their lives in war for the sake of democracy. I am grateful. Truly I am. My father is a veteran; my grandfather was a veteran. I love my country, but as a follower of Christ I truly struggle with the whole idea of war. I think about Jesus’s words

“I say to you…Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Wow. How can I reconcile that with war? How can I DO Jesus’s words and FIGHT a war? It doesn’t match up for me. Then there’s the even harsher passage out of Luke 6:

“If you love those who love you, what credit is […] Continue Reading…

Living Intentionally

Posted by admin in October 13th, 2008 | 2 comments 
Published in faith, obedience

I travel a lot. Not just overseas, but here at home as well. I meet new people almost weekly and I love it. But something that has started to concern me over the past few years is that I don’t find people living intentionally. Most folks it seems are living by default, or worse yet,  by happenstance. This grieves me because I don’t think any of us were designed to live by default. I think we were designed specifically for this place and this time for a very specific purpose. This sounds so corny and maybe a bit “John Olsteenish” but I think each of us has a Divine destiny to fulfill and unless we find that destiny, that purpose, we feel empty and incomplete. Discontentment can manifest itself in many ways. For example, it can become boredom, depression, addictions like overeating or drugs. Discontentment can manifest itself as consumerism. If I can just buy enough stuff I won’t feel so empty. In my opinion some of the social ills we encounter as a culture are due to us not finding and fulfulling our Divine destinies.

A guy named Paul once wrote, “We are God’s own handiwork…His masterpiece, created in […] Continue Reading…

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