The Lost Art of Loving

Jesus loves the ones the world just loves to hate. - Reliant K

What If? I have a friend who houses Muslim students in her home while they attend college nearby. She welcomed them before and after September 11. She continued after the Boston Marathon bombing. She still welcomes them in her home now, during the ISIS era. She does what she can to help them feel at […]

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Who is My Neighbor?

Who is my neighbor?

Too Much Bible Study? I am beginning to think that some Christians spend too much time studying the Bible. Please don’t stop reading at this point. Puzzling People People watching is one of my favorite hobbies. Some people intrigue me. Others puzzle me. My people, people who are part of my American Christian tribe sometimes […]

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Negotiating with a Tight-Fisted God: When God Holds Out On You

Negotiating with a Tight Fisted God

Seeing God through the lens of bad circumstances Last week I posted about viewing God as an open-handed God. This week I am thinking about the consequences of holding the contrasting view. Many people, even Christians, go through life negotiating with a tight-fisted God. “If I’m good, will you, God, agree to fix that painful part of my life?” Without even […]

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How to Have a Good Life

God's hand

Quick! Picture God’s hand. Is it pointing? Closed? Open with the palm up? In a fist? Holding your hand? The answer is important. It will determine whether you have a good life or not. Open-Handed God Some Christians go through life with an open-handed God. They believe God is always moving, always working, always doing […]

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One Way to be Happy

learn to be happy

Do you wake up with a smile on your face? Eagerly anticipate your day? Look at the world with childlike glee? It is possible to learn to be happy or at least to learn to be happier. Chances are you already have everything you need.   God provides us with everything to enjoy. One Key to Being Happy: Choose to […]

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Do I Measure Up? The Deadly Comparison Game

The comparison game and self image

My name is Beth and I am a comparison addict. My given name is Beth, not abbreviated from Elizabeth, so I have often introduced myself as “just plain Beth”. Without even thinking about it I tend to rank myself against everyone I meet. Who is the most beautiful woman here? Clearly that woman with the gorgeous voice singing up on the […]

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