The Gift of an Ear

When was the last time you felt really heard? Have you experienced a time when someone actually leaned into the conversation with their full attention, saw into your heart and understood your fears and frustrations? I hope you have, because it feels wonderful. All too often in today’s busy, noisy society we get only half…

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The Living Dead

What a beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest! It’s still cool out, but the sun is brightening up the whole world. The primroses are blooming and the leaves are starting to pop out on the raspberry bushes. The calendar says its spring and, although a lot of the country wouldn’t agree, today really holds the…

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Big Sin; Little Sin

Have you ever sinned? Of course you have. Anyone who has been a Christian more than a few minutes knows that “we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” We also know that when we asked him to, God freely forgave us for our sin and gave us everlasting life. We…

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Is Sexual Addiction Real?

There has been a significant amount of debate in recent years about whether sexual addiction is a “real” addiction. Clearly, not all inappropriate sexual behavior is indicative of sexual addiction. Having an affair or occasionally using pornography does not automatically classify someone as a sexual addiction. But, what about those who seem totally out of…

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A Masterpiece or a Mess?

We live in a world of God’s creation. We are surrounded by his endless masterpieces. The beautiful mountains, the oceans, the sweeping deserts, abundant plants and animals . . . and us. Most days, however, I have to admit that I feel a lot more like a mess than a masterpiece. I look at the…

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