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“These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for  the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshipers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower (more…)

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I have taken the last four days to enjoy time alone with my beautiful wife to celebrate God’s grace through 17 years of marriage . 

Though, I wasn’t great company on the way there– I slept through much of it.  And, the first night I didn’t exactly give my wife the impression that I was excited about the next 17 years- I fell asleep early.  The truth is, I had been looking forward to this trip for quite a while, I was just exhausted. 

Inately I knew that I needed this “busyness fast” to have the quality time with God I was longing for.  I not only fasted from responsibility but also from technological devices (yep, I even journalized with a pen). 

As my anxiety went down, it was like clouds left my mind.   A deeper level of thinking became so easy; my mind experienced clarity. I felt as if I was more available for connection, not only with my wife, but even with God. 

The following is a result of that time alone with God:

Most people I know, seem to be making their way in this world as if they have a leak in their emotional energy tank (me included). 

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all different – all equal
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I was asked an important question after last Sunday’s sermon– by my wife no less.

She reminded me of some things I preached earlier that day:

1)  below the cross we are all equal (Eph. 2:19)

 – that under the law we are all equally quilty of sin before God and below the cross, we are “in Christ” and  we are all equally forgiven- we all belong to this church in equal standing. 

2) some sins are worse than other sins (1 Cor. 6) 

-Murdering someone is worse than stealing a pencil.”  

“So”, she said, “which one is it?

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