Who’s in Control Here?

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I’ve learned that if you are in control of your life then God isn’t. God created us to love him, but there could be no mature love between us and him without the freedom to choose. There are three basic beliefs that we as Christians hold as it relates to the control issue in our life. First, God is supremely in control when he limits his control. Second, he is sensitively in control as he grants us the gift of free will, knowing what we may do with it. Third, he is sublimely in control as he intervenes and brings good out of evil that happens to and around us. [Read more…]

On worry.

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When we worry we use our minds to imagine things we fear becoming a reality. If our worries dominate our minds long enough, they also may affect our actions. Just as positive thinking and living tend to bring about desirable events, sooner or later negative thinking and worrying tends to create a condition in which the unpleasant things that we’ve worried about have a better chance of coming to pass. [Read more…]

Missing Christmas

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The idea of missing Christmas is a very thought provoking concept. For many “missing Christmas” might well be a welcome relief in one of the most difficult seasons of the year. In the midst of joy, celebrations, family gatherings, parties and gift giving there is another side of Christmas. For many people this is the most painful time of the year. The loss of family or friends through death or divorce is extremely hard. Memories of the happy Christmases of the past fade in light of the present day reality – that it will never be the same. This is especially true for those facing their first Christmas without a loved one or a close friend. [Read more…]

Blessed are the Peacemakers

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Someone has pointed out that in the past four thousand years there has been less than three hundred years of peace. Even the most positive, optimistic person has to admit that there is something wrong in our world. Just simply talking about peace or wishing there were peace is not enough. [Read more…]