Monthly Archives: October 2009

When All Else Fails, Read the Instructions

Imagine for a moment, the stereotypical young father-to-be attempting to assemble the new crib. Certain how easy it will be, he tosses the instructions aside and begins connecting the pieces. His expectant wife looks on with growing concern for her baby’s safety. As she observes his growing frustration, she tactfully […]

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Persistent Faith

Bartimaeus was blind and a beggar in Jericho. He had little hope at a time when blindness was considered a punishment – either for his own sin or for the sin of his parents (John 9:2). It may have been true (Deut. 5:9), or may have been superstition based on […]

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Authority and Submission

We can all imagine how we might feel when our friends “call shotgun” – outwitted, taken advantage of, even indignant. You may resent those, who by means you see as unfair, obtain a place ‘above’ you – in social standing, in wealth, in authority. But such thinking reflects only our […]

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Calling Shotgun

When I was a kid, before I had a driver’s license, I would compete with my friends to be first to call shotgun – to get to sit in front – with whoever was giving us a ride that day. No one wanted to sit in the back seat – […]

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