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Gratitude is a dialysis of sorts. It flushes the self-pity out of our systems. What if gratitude had won the day? Suppose an unbedazzled Adam and Eve had scoffed at the snake’s suggestion. “Are you kidding? Begrudge what we cannot eat? Have you seen this place? Strawberry patches. Melon fields. Orange groves. Blueberry bushes. Let us take you on a tour, snake. We will show you what God has given to us.” Had they chosen gratitude, would the world be different?

Thanks, Just the Word Lifts the Spirit

Thanks, Just the Word Lifts the Spirit

  I’m thankful for… Andy. He’s the dog Denalyn rescued from the shelter. Rangy as a coyote when we got him. He’s chubby now. He jumps into bed with us every morning and scampers through the yard like a deer in the pasture when we come home. Bald spots. I was standing in line at

The Power of the Pocket Prayer

Do you struggle with prayer? You aren’t the first to struggle. The sign-up sheet for Prayer 101 contains some familiar names: the apostles John, James, Andrew, and Peter. When one of Jesus’ disciples requested, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1), none of the others objected. No one walked away saying, “Hey, I have prayer figured out.” The first followers of Jesus needed prayer

Lord, You Are Good

As I boarded a plane last week, the pilot called my name. He was standing in the cockpit entrance, greeting passengers. “Well, hello, Max.” I looked up. It was my friend Joe. My old friend. He is the Methuselah of the airways. He’s been flying forever. He flew transports in Vietnam and has logged a

Lord, I Need Help

Life is a gift, albeit unassembled. It comes in pieces, and sometimes it falls to pieces. Part A doesn’t always fit with part B. The struggle is too great for the strength. Inevitably, something seems to be missing. The pieces of life don’t fit. When they don’t, take your problem to Jesus. Mary, the mother of Jesus, did. On the

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