Monthly Archive for: ‘August, 2012’

  • Is there an “art” to being a good neighbor?

    Mostly our neighbors are good to us. They’ve watched our house when we’re gone. They’ve mowed our yard. Taken out our garbage. Fed our dog and cat. Sprayed our weeds (mostly so they don’t invade their yards). Got our mail. And that’s all in the last month.

    Most of them know our garage code. Our girls have babysat all their kids. Held neighborhood art classes. They’ve all ate at our house. We share eggs and milk. They’re just good people. So….what’s the secret? Ready? Here it is – we’re nice to them. They’re nice to us because we’re nice to them. Or is it the other way around? I don’t even know who was nice to who first. Doesn’t matter. We all like each other.

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  • Choose Compromise!

    When was the last time someone of faith said to you – “You really need to compromise more often brother.” It’s probably never happened.

    I am sometimes accused of “compromising.” Usually the person means that I didn’t speak or act in a manner that upheld their standard of what i should have said or done. Fair enough. For sure there are things we should never waiver on. But those things have become less and less for me as I grow older and (I think) closer to God. Jesus said in John 6:29 that the “work of God is to believe in the one he has sent.” God’s work is believing in Jesus. I won’t compromise on that. But….believe what? How? And where?

    Paul said in First Corinthians 2:2 that he has “resolved to know nothing but the crucified Christ.” Imagine if we knew NOTHING but Christ. Just Jesus. That’s either not very much, or everything, depends how you look at it.

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  • What’s Going on in Syria – Behind the Scenes

    Have you wondered what the REAL story is in Syria? What’s motivating things behind the scenes? No one knows for sure, but here’s my opinion.

    It’s about Iran and Israel. Here’s why.

    The country of Iran is not an imminent or direct threat to Israel’s security. President Ahmadinejad likes to threaten Israel, but it’s for show. The Hamas are also not a threat – they are contained and have no real weapons. They are more of a thorn in the flesh than an actual threat. The only real threat to Israel is the Hezbollah of Lebanon.

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  • My Plan to Become Like Jesus: Part Two

    If you remember, I started to form a personal plan to become more like Jesus. I did this by recording (on Facebook) all the ways I am NOT like Jesus – thought that might be a good place to start. I mentioned 30 things that Jesus does or thinks that I don’t. I stopped there as I realized I could probably go on forever. But they were the first 30 that came to mind.

    I should say this – when I say “be more like Jesus” here’s what I mean. I want to be more like Jesus. There. Now that that’s cleared up…..

    My next step is to take the things Jesus said more seriously than I have before. Believe me, I take him seriously. I take what he says seriously. But I want to do more of that. That would include being playful, funny, sarcastic and irreligious in the ways he was.

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