Forgive in Advance

This section about “forgive in advance” is from Chapter 3: Forgive of Food in God’s Place. (Currently out of publication) “As you grow, I want you to embrace a way of thinking about yourself and others that enables you to jump over and go beyond much of what we have been talking about. Forgive in advance. If you forgive in …

Jesus What Do I Do? – Correct Question

Jesus What Do I Do? Jesus what do I do is the correct question not what would Jesus do? I’ve never been fond of religious jewelry and trinkets, except for an occasional classic cross. When WWJD became popular, I conceived some value in the phrase as a reminder of what we are to be about, but I didn’t run out …

All Have Sinned and Fall Short

All Have Sinned and Fall Short, an Unpopular Message I don’t like to hear ‘all have sinned and fall short.’ I prefer clear cut good guys and bad guys. Since Das Boot and Cross of Iron hit the cinemas in the 80s, the movie industry occasionally makes an effort to give the German perspective of World War II. Recently Valkyrie …

How to be Happy as a Materialist

To be happy as a materialist is possible. Dave Peard once said to me that money couldn’t buy happiness, but you could buy a Porsche and drive up real close to it. I’ve given it some thought, and I think I’ve figured out how you can be happy as a materialist. First, carefully guard your base of friends and make …

Worship or Sunday Sacrifice: Is Your Religion Classic Greek?

Worship or the Sunday Sacrifice In early Western history, morality and religion lacked the link many people accept and expect today. In contrast, a classic Greek separated ethics from religion. Usually Greeks and Romans participated in worship so that the gods would leave them alone and stay out of their lives. On occasion, a Greek or Roman worshiped by sacrifice to …

Assurance: Defeating Fear Daily

  Assurance: Defeating Fear Daily: Bible Verses Fear interweaves and creates the original infection of most negative emotions and reactions. For assurance, defeating fear daily, I read over these passages three or four times each, out loud at least once, when I feel down. Before beginning, I pray, “Lord, I am discouraged and down. Lift me up in your time. …

Remember Christ, A Poem by Paul Ray

. REMEMBER CHRIST Since storms will come and winds will blow Since people die and conflicts grow Since plans will fail and leaves turn brown And friends will sometimes let you down Remember who gives life and death And loved us with his dying breath. * Since stocks will crash and chairmen lie Since cancer kills and crime’s too high …

Christian Meditation for Panic and Fear

Christian meditation serves as an extension of prayer and assists me in keeping my mind focussed on God. More relaxed concentration benefits all areas of my life. Many distractions hit me daily and cause me to lose focus on God and the best of life. This practice of Christian meditation enables me to concentrate more easily and deeply on my …