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Be Great at Who You Are | Learning to Accept Yourself

Be Great at Who You Are | Learning to Accept Yourself

What kind of person do you want to be? That is a question I ask myself a lot. The answer is interesting. The answer to this can be a little elusive. The world around us constantly temps us to think wrongly about ourselves. For example, whenever I begin to hammer in my username and password into the login form of My LinkedIn, there staring back at me are the words, “Be great at what you do.” We all want to…

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Redeeming the Emotions

Redeeming the Emotions

The emotions are an oddity of our human makeup. They play so much a part of our daily lives, often without us knowing it. The are constantly changing, swinging our mood with the moment, and more often than not, we are quite unaware of it. We know things are changing but not with the sense of “wow” my emotions just did XYZ. How Emotions Hijack Our Best Thinking The reason this is important is because of the role emotions make…

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3 Steps to Overcoming Anger and Anxiety | RE-POST

3 Steps to Overcoming Anger and Anxiety | RE-POST

There on the cool lime stone floor sat a man with a crippled hand. He probably did not have high expectations or hope of healing that day. He was probably just coming to participate in the run of the mill synagogue service as he had been raised to do. But that day Jesus took notice . . .

Is Bitterness Ruining Your Marriage and Relationships?

Is Bitterness Ruining Your Marriage and Relationships?

Are you secretly damaging your relationships? It is easy to do if you are harboring bitterness. It can come out of nowhere. Hebrews 12:15 says, “See to it that no one fail to obtain the grace of God; that no ‘root of bitterness’ spring up and cause trouble, and by it many become defiled.” The consequences of unresolved anger and bitterness are costly. It destroys marriages, families, and even organizations. It destroys lives too. We cannot just “let it go.”…

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“Acceptable Sins” and Why The Church Needs the Gospel

“Acceptable Sins” and Why The Church Needs the Gospel

Recently I had the privilege of hearing a preacher bring the word of God to a congregation. He challenged me in some ways. However coming away from the sermon, I was a bit disturbed. I generally do not like to assume a posture of critique toward a preacher or sermon, it is not healthy because both lose, but especially the listener.   Nevertheless as the church engages the culture, which includes the Church itself, how we articulate ourselves is something we…

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How the Gospel Speaks to the Environment?

How the Gospel Speaks to the Environment?

Just this last week, just after entering office, President Donald J. Trump made some sweeping executive orders, not the least controversial being a clamp-down on the EPA communications. This sent shock-waves through an ever growing public concern over climate change. Badlands national park issued some alarming statistics on their twitter account and then deleted them. I am  a free market, limited government, economic personalist kind of guy. Nevertheless, I sit here now in a suburb of Providence Rhode Island nestled in the midst of  the…

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The Church and Political Change | How Should we Respond?

The Church and Political Change | How Should we Respond?

This last week marked the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States. In general we do not like political or social change. For some Trump is being hailed as a political Savior as Obama was eight years ago. For others, a Trump presidency marks the apocalyptic end of our Republic. Of course, neither are true. What is different this election is how the Church, in all its forms seems so much more divided. Hardcore Republicans and many Christians dissociated with Trump….

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