Real Stuff My Dad Says 57: Real Stuff My Papa Would Say

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[display_podcast]I’ve got to be real honest.  This week’s podcast is just a bit too much for me to dictate and write down, so do me a solid:  just push play and listen.In lieu of a full blog entry, I offer this podcast preview:  It’s been a tough month: one of my dogs was killed, I had to put the other one down and in the midst of all that, my brother and I got the call no grandson wants to receive – my Papa passed away.Papa always had something to say about everything, and while he m … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 36: Becoming Spiritually Healthy, part 3: Leaders Who Follow Jesus

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[display_podcast]What can we do as leaders to follow in the gentle footsteps of Jesus? What do you want to look for when it comes to our church organizations?1.  False reverence replaces Jesus.As if we think that we can be Christians but not in love with God.Question:  Is loving Jesus the thing that is given the most pulpit time?  Are most of the people in love with Jesus or worried who is smoking or swearing or going with girls who do?2.  Knowing about God substitutes for kno … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Closet Christian: Why Is It Hard to Call Sin What It Is?

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[display_podcast]When I hear the word “sin”, I think of something dark and crusty, like liquid that dried and caked on a beating heart.If we believe that Jesus died for us, then our sins are washed from our hearts.  We’re clean.But still, we continue to sin.Those sins are forgiven, but we do still sin.Sometimes I think that I treat sin like an ostrich would.  I earnestly plant my head in the sand with the hopes that maybe – just maybe – if I don’t see it, it may not actually b … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On 2: Raider Nation

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In 1966, I was drafted by the Oakland Raiders.  I went up to training camp in Santa Rosa, CA and immediately, I was hit with the fact that every single player there was really, really good.  So, to make the team, I had to fight every minute, every day on the field and off.This started pretty much minute one, when I walked into my room, where they had assigned me two veteran players for roommates.  Now, this was about a year-and-a-half after I had received Christ and I was very solid as a Ch … [Read more...]

Ouxano 53: Fathers, Read To Your Kids!

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[display_podcast]Guys – it’s incredibly important that you read, out loud to your kids.I have six kids from age five to twenty – four girls and two boys and my wife and I developed reading as a family tradition almost by accident.  I say “almost” because we both had the desire that our children would read well and enjoy good literature, but didn’t know at the time the HUGE benefits that have been proven out when fathers read to their kids.Studies have overwhelmingly shown that, especi … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 33: Walking in the Spirit – Goodness

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[display_podcast]Paul listed nine godly virtues that constitute the fruit of God's Spirit—the inward and outward effect of having the gift of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. They are "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control"(Galatians 5:22-23)The spiritual fruit of goodness enables man to do good and to be good—good in the truest sense of the word. Goodness, after all, is the essence of God's nature. We all are fighting a batt … [Read more...]


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