A daily dose of spiritual exercise for men in various stages of their Christian walk

News Flash! Everybody is under somebody. Not one human on this earth is in complete control and free of the yoke of responsibility. What some of us perceive as freedom is actually bondage of the worst kind. Charlie Sheen is in the news and many (and I mean MANY) see him as a free spirit […]

There’s a great baseball story I remember hearing about Reggie Jackson during his short stint in Baltimore. At the time, the great Earl Weaver was the manager and had a strict rule about not stealing bases without getting a sign from the dugout. After getting to first base, Reggie figured he knew better than the […]

Why doesn’t God give me just what I want? Because I am not smart enough to know what I need! Therefore, when I ask, I should expect to get what I need, not what I want. I feel it is okay to pray for prosperity, but probably not a good idea to pray to win […]

I have an addiction. I’ve had it since my elementary school days and it persists. I bug my wife to feed this addiction with every new mention of it in magazines and books. I have been known to succumb to this addiction while working late at the church. With a little less restraint, it would […]

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I think I have found out an answer that has plagued me. The question has always been, “Who are they?” You know, the ones that always get the blame. They just want… They will never let you… They do all the taking and none of the giving… The great, all-encompoassing “they” that we can’t seem […]

When I was in my early teens, we had an opportunity to go to Disney World. This was a pretty major trip for my family as I don’t think I’d ever been east of Colorado up to that point. I don’t remember the exact circumstances, but I think we got to tag along on a […]

Lately, here’s a bit of buzz in Christian circles about a new book that seems to be reviving an old heresy. Namely that a trip to hell is only temporary or, possibly, non-existent. This idea is based on the good intentions of poorly informed people. The argument is always drawn from emotion and feeling and […]

I was reminded last Sunday that there’s something very unique about the God we worship and His plan for our salvation. Human nature tells us that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. We can’t possibly get any benefit out of life that didn’t cost us something in either time, treasure, or moral compromise. […]

The technical term used in childhood development is “delayed gratification”. It’s a skill that all of us learn at some point and some better than others. It’s also a skill that applies all the way up to understanding our eternal destiny. Generally, it’s the idea of putting off a reward for the purpose of getting […]

We all remember the image of a single man standing in front of a column of tanks in Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989. This was a powerful symbolic image that inspired others. But, when it comes to spiritual health, the symbolism isn’t going to punch your ticket to Heaven. Standing tall in front of […]

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