Friendships’ Benefits

"Welcome [Epaphroditus] in the Lord's love and with great joy, and give him the honor that people like him deserve." (Philippians 2:29 NLT)Both were named Mike, both were good friends, and both had vastly different influences on me.I met the first Mike when I was 15....

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Measure of a Man

"The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7 NIV)My oldest son, JJ is 32 years old right now.   When he was born we named him Joseph John after me, a slight bit of egotism...

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Charging Your Batteries

"And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith." (Matthew 21:22 ESV)We require power to do anything. Sometimes, the power comes from within, but often we need external power.In many cases, this external power is supplied by electricity, and we...

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Ambassadors

"Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us." (2 Corinthians 5:20a ESV) Wikipedia describes an ambassador as a person who represents an entity and does so in a positive manner. Almost half a century ago, I was a senior financial officer...

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What are We Communicating?

Everything that we say or do communicates what we want others to know about us. Sometimes, we do this by the clothes that we wear. When I wear a bright green shirt, the comments that I receive indicate that I am bringing happiness to my friends with an Irish...

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Jesus Freaks

As a young teenager, I took music lessons at a local music school. My teacher, a nice young man and very patient instructor, surprised me one day by venting against Jesus Freaks.  Not being committed to my faith and questioning Christian teaching, I was afraid to...

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