Confessions Of A Closet Christian: Why Is It Hard To See God & Why Do We Ignore What Is Right In Front Of Us?

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[display_podcast]On a recent trip to Israel, I found myself reluctant to even be there. This sounds both sensible and selfish. After all, Israel had just attacked Syria just before we left on our trip and Syria retaliated by targeting a tourist location within a day of our arrival.Still, complaining about going abroad sounds “snobby”, selfish and inconsiderate. So as I boarded the plane, I felt like a bona fide jerk. Personally, I felt a lot like Jonah going on this trip. Jonah – you know … [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...]

Experience God: John 5:1-9 (MSG) Jesus Heals at the Pool of Bethesda

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[display_podcast]Suzanne Lederer leads us in connecting with God through Lectio Divina. Soon another Feast came around and Jesus was back in Jerusalem. Near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there was a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda, with five alcoves. Hundreds of sick people—blind, crippled, paralyzed—were in these alcoves. One man had been an invalid there for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him stretched out by the pool and knew how long he had been there, he said, “Do you want to get well … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 71: The Apostle Peter’s Startling Story (a First-Person Rendition)

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[display_podcast]It is, without a doubt, my absolute favorite spot in all of Israel. Which, given my love for the land and its people, is quite a remarkable statement.In this PODCAST, you will hear where it is, and why it is.Here’s a clue: It’s the Apostle Peter’s favorite spot too. John 212 Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”T … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 36: At a Crossroad

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[display_podcast]I met a lovely young woman this past weekend who we shall call Monique.  She is divorced and has a young daughter.  Her husband left her two years ago for another woman.  He moved out of their home they had bought together and right into the new woman’s.  Monique had to short sell her home due to the divorce and chose to move into a two-bedroom apartment.  She has suffered a lot of loss.  The death of her marriage, selling of her beautiful home, and the loss of time with her … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Closet Christian: Who Are We To Judge?

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[display_podcast]When I hear the word “judge”, I think of a short-circuited party scene. You know, where everyone is dancing and having a good time until the mom comes in, turns off the music and everything stops prematurely. A fun time is ruined and everyone has to go home.That’s how I fell when I’m being judged, when I’m watching someone being judged, or when I’m judging somebody myself.It’s like sitting on a ball of fun and popping it. There just really isn’t room for judgment. … [Read more...]


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