Category Archives: honesty

Christianity goes beyond privacy

There’s nowhere to hideWhen you resideAnd continually abideIn Christ.The rising tideOf His presenceReveals all secrets. A heart exposedTo the lightOf ChristOften complainsThat His lightIs too bightAnd thus retreatsBack into the nightTo keep its secretsOut of sight. Awe causes the human … Continue reading

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God’s everywhere. (It’s silly to try to hide.)

I know thatGod knows meAnd focusesOn me withAttentive awarenessThere’s nothingI can hideFrom Him.Even if I triedEverything’s outIn the open.He even knowsMy secret pride.Nothing can be denied.He knows what I decideBefore I choose it.He knows my every strideBefore I take it.He … Continue reading

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Being real matters! (Being fake {like a tin man} won’t make it.)

People weren’t madeTo be like a tin guy.You know why?We have hearts to feelAnd tears to cry.Be real! When we’re hollow like a tin man, we feel empty. Be real! Jesus denounced role players and called them hypocrites. His Beatitudes … Continue reading

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Priests & other church leaders

Being hurt by religion is sometimes the first step toward learning to listen to and follow the risen Jesus. It helps us look beyond religious leaders to Christ. The body of Christ should be an environment of radical humility, honesty, … Continue reading

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A few things not said (like this) before . . .

The world has enough crude, mean, vulgar, profane, and disrespectful words and images. Why not say, write, or post something uplifting instead? My two favorite electronic devices are my mind and my heart. I’m addicted to scrolling through them both … Continue reading

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Ekklesia, like a support group, helped me heal

(I first wrote this for ONE Body Life’s blog @ this link.) Too many people feel like Alejandro Jodorowsky, a Chilean-French filmmaker. He said: “I am not a normal person. I am living in a normal body, but my mind … Continue reading

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Church without community is like spaghetti without sauce.

Church without community is like spaghetti without sauce. Church without unity is like unconnected chain links. You can’t organize or hype-up genuine Christian unity. It comes through surrendering our agendas to the Holy Spirit. If church meets around a prearranged program, … Continue reading

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What the world needs now is truth & love . . .

Truth without love is unkind. Love without truth is unreal. Our growth, both as individuals and as an expression of Christ’s body depends on our being both truthful and loving at the same time. Paul of Tarsus wrote: “Speaking the … Continue reading

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Avoid fake news about greatness

Genuine greatness doesn’t put a nation first. “The nations are like a drop in a bucket.” Real greatness is built on faithfulness to the living God and to His eternal principles. True greatness holds all nations (even your own) accountable to … Continue reading

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The separation of church and hate

The separation of church and hate (and/or political-correctness-warriors and hate) requires speaking the truth in love.  Hate is not based on truth. It is built on deception, denial, disappointment, dishonesty, misunderstanding, pride, prejudice, anger, hurt, impulse, irrationality, and/or insecurity. Speaking … Continue reading

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