“Missing the Boat” Matt. 8: 18 – 22

There are “destiny” moments, when you make life-changing choices.  What makes it hard is that at the time they may not seem like–life-changing choices. In Matthew 8:21 we have an example of a man missing out on the chance of a lifetime.

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Ken Shick
Negativity!

Have you ever heard the statement “You are what you think?”  I have found this to be true.  When I think I can’t, then I tend to fail or at least not be as successful as I could have been if I had thought, “I will succeed.  I can do this.”  So, repeating Philippians 4: 13, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me,” has become my “positivity” verse. 

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Ken Shick
Let your Spirit Flourish this Summer

I love the summer when all things are green.  My grass, shrubs, trees, and flowers are all green and lush because they have sent their roots down deep into the rain-soaked ground.  And they bring up the moisture and nutrients into the plant and they flourish.

God has also designed our spirits to flourish.  Like plants, it involves sending our roots down into Christ, the Living Lord.

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Ken Shick
Is the Grass Always Greener?

You’re heard the saying, “The grass is always greener (on the other side of the fence.)”  I’ve thought this several times in my life.  Maybe you have, too.  When we get bored, or frustrated, or disillusioned---

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Mindfulness

There is a current movement called “mindfulness.”  It is the practice of living in the moment, being aware of what’s going on around us, paying attention to the “now” instead of the future.  The frenetic pace of modern living has forced us always to be thinking ahead, planning for the future, preparing for what is to come.  As a result, we don’t truly “live” in this moment. 

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Serenity

Recently someone called my attention to the Serenity Prayer which most of us know and have prayed:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can’t change,

The courage to change the things I can,

And the wisdom to know the difference.

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Does the end justify the means?

I was listening to a news show recently and one of the commentators  was justifying what one of our elected officials had done by saying, “Well, you know, the ends justifies the means.”  That is the mantra of our secular world, “The end justifies the means!”  But does it?

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