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It’s Summertime…Got Fruit?

Last week, while watering the plants in the garden, I took a look at our fig. I found lots of figs, each at different levels of ripeness. I picked two ripe ones and popped one into my mouth. The fruit burst open, sweet and juicy, with its distinctive flavor. I immediately thought of paradise, of the bliss of having such a luscious fruit available to pick and eat right at my home. Then my mind went to Jesus, approximately a week before his crucifixion, as he and the disciples were heading from Bethany to Jerusalem to check out the temple about a week before Passover.

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If Jesus Came to Your House Today

What if you ran into Jesus in town today and he said he wanted to drop by your house for lunch? What would be your first thoughts? That you need to clean your house first? Or what do I have in the fridge that would be a suitable lunch for the Son of God? Probably most of us would prefer to take him to a nice restaurant or schedule lunch for a later date when we could be properly prepared.

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Sharing the Vibe

When people speak of a place giving off a good vibe, what do they mean? According the internet’s Free Dictionary: “A vibe is a distinctive emotional quality or atmosphere that is sensed or experience by someone.” If something gave us a good vibe, it means that something associated with an encounter resonated with us and made us feel somehow connected with the mood, event, or environment. If we don’t pick up good vibes, then we will have a bland reaction, or worse—a negative one. I must clarify that the whole discussion of “vibes” is a very subjective thing, and it’s hard to identify.  

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Some Said it Was Thunder

I am reading an interesting book by Judson Edwards entitled “Quiet Faith: An Introvert’s Guide to Spiritual Survival.” In his book he drew my attention to an interesting event in the life of Jesus that reveals how some people are tuned to God’s voice and recognize God speaking in life’s events. At the same event, there were two other groups which didn’t really understand what was happening.The verses are found in John 12. Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead in chapter 11, then in chapter 12 we discover that some Greeks, who were in Jerusalem for the Passover, came to Phillip seeking Jesus. Upon hearing this, Jesus said that the time had come for him to be glorified. He meant it was time to reveal the presence and manifested goodness of God through himself and his work.

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The Cat in the Shed

Over a month ago, one of the three feral cats that hang around our house went missing, after we heard a vicious midnight fight in the woods. We grieved the loss because “Booties,” with his clean white paws, was the friendliest of the three.  But one morning last week, my wife noticed movement in the window of the shed about 60 feet from the house. She went closer and saw the face of a cat staring out at her through the window, and she could hear faint mewling. Long story short: we rejoiced as eventually Booties crept out to meet us!

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From Broken to Golden

This week I discovered an interesting art form which in Japanese is called “Kintsugi,” which has become a process of repairing broken porcelain with a particular lacquer laced with gold dust, or liquefied gold.

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From Chaos to Collaboration: An Ant’s Story

Have you ever watched ants when they find food? Within a short period of time, one ant becomes an army of ants. They look really erratic—almost frantic and chaotic. They crisscross here and there, going one way and then changing directions. They move very quickly, sometimes doubling back on their path.

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Sharing Your Treasures

Do you realize that your life is a treasure chest?Many of us spend our whole lives dreaming of someday acquiring treasure. Why do we do this? Because treasures are valuable, they endure, and because with them we can make life better for us and those we love.

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The Best Book Ever

They say that familiarity breeds contempt; the more we are around someone or something, the more we fail to notice the value of that person or thing. We take many of the people and things that we have become familiar with for granted.One of the things we take for granted is the existence of the Bible, which God has given and preserved, so we can understand God, life, death, salvation, and wisdom through its contents.   

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Treasure Hunt

Most of us dream of gaining an improbable treasure, which is why so many people buy lottery tickets. How might our lives change if we were suddenly richer than we ever imagined?     

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You Are What You Choose

I recently attended a seminar led by futurist Matt Thornhill of the Institute of Tomorrow. One of the things he shared which captured my attention was a premise that tomorrow is made up of today’s choices; therefore, we shape tomorrow by the choices we make today.By way of illustration, think of a person’s transformation from being out of shape and overweight into getting back in shape and near to healthy weight. The idea or dream is perhaps the starting point to a new “you,” but many days and many consistent, purposeful, and disciplined decisions are required to get from here to there.

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Those Pesky Weeds!

Do you realize that just like there are literally competitive and aggressive weeds that grow in our gardens, our spiritual lives also get infested with spiritual weeds too? Spiritual weeds must be dealt with quickly, lest they choke out our spiritual lives.

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Choosing Wisdom or Folly

It seems like our world is becoming more and more polarized, yet life is always full of decisions which require us to choose to walk down one path or the other.  Some of these poles include good or evil, love or hatred, and wisdom or foolishness. These choices occur in many different spheres, or areas, of our lives. One area is in our character development, another is in building or tearing down our personal well-being or the contents of our lives.  

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Is Your Faith a Dead or Living Faith?

I want to ask two questions: Do you have a faith from which you live? And is that faith a dead faith or a living faith? There are many who have an intellectual understanding of some kind of faith, but it is a dead faith which does not animate or exert influence in their daily lives. There are also many who have a living faith, which daily supplies their lives with power and direction.

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Always Land on Your Feet!

I want to give some consideration to the thought of being able to always land on our feet in our decision-making processes. How do we keep our life from imploding? How do we avoid catastrophic outcomes to a decision? Is it possible? Can we develop a character or spiritual “righting reflex” so that such decisions can be made in a timely manner?

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