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Master Your Own State (and Rule with Jesus as King)

You can be the master of your own state! I’m talking about your inner state, of course, not some banana republic with you playing dictator. That kind of mastery never works in the real world anyway. (However, to see a comic version of the attempt, check out “The Man Who Would Be King.”) We don’t even get to rule over our inner state with the iron fist of a tyrant. We can try, but bullying our inner self never produces…

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Treasure In Heaven

Treasure in Heaven: What Can You Take with You?

Can we store up treasure for heaven? Are there things we can take with us?  At first glance, it would seem impossible. There is nothing we can do to leap from earth to heaven and, even if we could, what could we possibly take along? An old Spanish proverb has it that there are no pockets in a shroud. And, yes, the Preacher did say that “we all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty-handed as…

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What Am I: Crazy?

What Am I, Crazy? The Surrender Blues

Am I going crazy? I must be. I keep singing “the surrender blues.” What do I mean by that? Quite simply, that I shoot myself in the foot by not stepping completely into the grace of a yielded heart. I could be the happiest person alive (and so could you), if only I would trust more and fret less. Oh, how faith and grace smooth out the bumps in the road! My spiritual body gets black and blue from banging…

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Scared By Scripture

Scared by Scripture? A “Text of Terror” Befriended

Have you ever been scared by a scripture? I have. Maybe you’ve been there, too. Let’s face it, there are lots of “texts of terror” in the Good Book. How do you shake hands with a Bible passage that ordinarily gives you the willies? I’m thinking of Hebrews 10:35-39 which terrorized my Christian youth. This scary scripture begins with “don’t cast away your confidence” and ends with “if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” 35 Therefore…

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