Monthly Archive: October 2014

Oct 30

Offering Comfort: 4 Ways to Show Genuine Empathy

There are many times when someone we know is struggling with pain, loss, or grief, and we want to show some kind of comfort or support. But good intentions don’t always become helpful outcomes, and at times a well-meaning word can actually be quite painful. For several years I was dealing with the symptoms and …

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Oct 27

Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

I just read in the news that between 1990 and 2014 the percentage of people going hungry in this world has dropped from 18.7% of the total population to 11.3%. An incredible global effort has been reaching out to those who hunger and thirst, because of the fundamental nature of these needs. While this pattern …

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Oct 27

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

We’ve been exploring what it means to be part of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, starting with Jesus’ descriptions of its citizens, including those who are “poor in spirit.” He goes on to say: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” This one hits close to home for the many who …

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Oct 21

Blessed are the Meek

As we read through the Beatitudes (so far covering the poor in spirit and those who mourn), we encounter a word I don’t hear very often in daily conversation: Meek. Jesus used this word, also translated at gentle or humble, to draw a fairly strong conclusion: “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the …

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Oct 21

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

  We’ve started talking about the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus begins his longest recorded sermon by diving right in to descriptions of people found in that kingdom (poor in spirit, mourning, meek, merciful, etc.), which sound much more like people on this earth than those experiencing eternal bliss. Yet, his statements of how such individuals …

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Oct 19

Ebola: Responses and Reactions

As I observe the variety of posts and articles about the Ebola epidemic, I realize I’m starting to get a bit frustrated. I’d like to offer a perspective slightly different from most of the Western world, but please forgive me if I am sounding judgmental. I was in Nigeria while it was fighting Ebola. A …

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Oct 16

Freedom to Surrender: Poster

Oct 13

A Taste of Heaven

Oct 13

The Kingdom of Heaven… on Earth?

When you hear the word “heaven,” what comes to mind? It seems in today’s culture we have created a general association with dazzling light above the clouds, perhaps with a stairway leading to it, a gate at its entrance, and/or some angels playing harps. While some of these ideas are based on biblical references to …

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Oct 11

Death Cannot Stop True Love

My favorite movie is “Princess Bride.” [Spoiler alert! If you haven’t seen the movie, skip this paragraph!]  Westley, the humble farm boy becomes the valiant rescuer of Buttercup, all in the name of “true love.” Even after being brutally killed by the corrupt prince, at least to the point of being “mostly dead” (according to …

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