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Easter vs. Fear

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust;I am not afraid; what can flesh do to me? —Psalm 56:3-4 According to a recent survey (http://bit.ly/czmm53), only 2% of Americans realize Easter is the most important holiday in the Christian faith. Even among Protestant Christians, … Continue reading »

Dictation Software Chuckle

In my work, I use MacSpeech Dictate, a voice-recognition program for the mac, a fair bit. (It’s pretty good software: the kind you swear by as much as you swear at. Most bad software you either throw out or become resigned to. Dictate I like enough to entertain hopes they’d improve it. Another sign of … Continue reading »

How to Invite People to Church

Jon Acuff hits the nail on the head again, with this post about how to invite people to church. “It’s funny because it’s true.” (Acuff’s Stuff Christians Like is worth bookmarking. I’ve been reading it for about two years, which is almost in dog or internet years. Once, I even quoted from “The Prayer Ninja” … Continue reading »

Second-Chance God

He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. … Continue reading »

the pleasure of service?

In that random way things turn up on the internet, I was directed to an article “Why won’t feminists admit the pleasure of infants?” by Katie Roiphe. Here’s the part that caught my eye: But then part of the allure of maternity leave is precisely this: You give up everything you are and care about. … Continue reading »

The future of retirement

A thought-provoking discussion of retirement that I came across had some amazing statistics: Studies show that retirement is no good for you. Even if you hate the job you go to every day, sudden abrupt inactivity is a bad idea. A working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research entitled “The Effects of Retirement … Continue reading »

Son of Encouragement

Do you see the glass half full or half empty? I’m a half-empty person, myself. It’s probably my nature, but during the years I was a software developer, that tendency was reinforced. (If you’ve used a computer, you may suspect that programmers are all incurable optimists. Not true: we just aren’t pessimistic enough.) Whether it’s … Continue reading »

Public Witness How-To’s

Several local groups of Christians participated in the Grubstakes Parade in Yucca Valley this weekend. Joshua Springs Christian School Pep Band. Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel operates a Christian School. They sent their Pep Band. As it went by my position, they were playing the James Bond theme. Very nice. Yucca Valley Nazarene Church Worship Team … Continue reading »

Urgency

The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.—┬áJohn 3:8 Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and — if you’re reading this after … Continue reading »