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Faith

How Then Should We Live: Understanding the Point of Life

I have talked before about the dangers of living in constant pursuit of our purpose. This can be a distraction that prevents us from seeing the needs of people and the opportunities right in front of us. But, if we are not to live in pursuit of our own purpose, then how are we to live? Theologians and philosophers have been trying to answer this question since the beginning of time. Yet, the question still holds many of us captive. During the life of Jesus on Earth, He was asked this question many times. The Jewish people lived by a

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Finding Your Purpose: A Dangerous Distraction

 What is my purpose? Why am I here on earth? Am I accomplishing the tasks that I was meant to? I feel like I am missing the point of life. I just want to know where I fit in. These questions and statements haunt us all. They can scratch at our very soul until we are left raw, in pain, and defeated. They seem like such noble questions. None of us want to live a selfish life. We all want to feel that our time here is being spent wisely, making a difference, and positively affecting those around us. These

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Affliction: Winning the Battle We Never Knew was Being Fought

It is easy for a man to grow dark, to think that his trials and his triumphs are his own. It is easy for a man to shut down, curse the world and wallow in his suffering, believing that his plight is unique to him. Our cold thoughts push all warmth away. We hide deep within ourselves, digging a hole deeper and deeper into our souls. We are alone, doomed to struggles and strife, or so we convince our hearts. It is easy for a man to forget the comforting touch of better days, to afflict ourselves with scores of

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New Life: Finding Your True Purpose

Mathew 10:39 [Jesus speaking to his new disciples] “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” We spend so much time as humans trying to find ourselves, seek out our purpose, and discover who we are about. Personal identity is so important to us. One of the first questions asked by people we meet is about who we are.  We are taught that our knowledge, skills, wealth, and the people we know define us. What if all that is a lie? What if our worth to mankind, to an employer,

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Running Late: Missing the Moment

I go to bed too late, I wake up too late. No matter what, I seem to always be running late. Don’t get me wrong: I am punctual when it comes to showing up to meetings or when up against a deadline, but somehow it always seems like there is never enough time in the day to get everything done.  There seems to be a never-ending cycle of stress; I go to bed with mile-high to-do lists and wake up the next morning with said lists even longer. I dream of more things to accomplish yet they never seem to

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When Dreams Are Intercepted by Reality

For months now, I have been haunted by the battle between following my dreams, my calling, and my passion while also being confronted by the reality of the fact that I have bills to pay and a family to take care of. I have fought hard to bring my dreams into fruition, and I have brawled with myself to justify leaving my passions behind in order to first meet the reality of life that says I have to make enough money to pay my bills. How does one justify sacrificing a calling for the sake of earthly comforts?  Can one

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Total Loss: Let Go of the Things That Cause Defeat

I am frustrated, I am scared, and I feel abandoned by the whole world. Life seems to just be passing me by, and it does not even stop to wave a pleasant hello.  Everywhere I look, there are frightened faces peering out from the shadows of despair, their hopeless eyes fixated on an unknown (and unseen) enemy. A battle-weary horde, they crouch in the corners where darkness can hide their exhausted souls. Defeated and surrounded, only the echoes of their lost prayers pierce the silence all around. Then, from the depths of the darkness, a cry breaks through, then another

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Resistance: Where Will You Make Your Stand?

I love hiking in the mountains. There is nothing like being surrounded by the sounds of birds chirping, only slightly muted by the sound of the rushing stream. I walk, stepping in and out of rays of sunlight peeking through the trees along the path. I take long deep breaths, taking in the smell of the evergreens and fresh air.  My favorite part of hiking is going uphill. Sure, it is hard, but when I’m going uphill, all my energy and all my focus is concentrated on what’s around the next bend. My body feels the resistance of the hill,

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Wasted Time

I was horrified, could it really be true? I had just opened up my journal to write down a few thoughts, but first I found myself reading my very first entry. The date was marked 3/13/2002. The entry was a short prayer, a prayer I wrote back while I was still in college just over 10 years ago. Reading it now made me angrier than I have been in a very long time. It was a glimpse back into a forgotten past, but it was also a vision for what the next 10 years (now the last 10 years) would

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A World of Hope and Fear

“Hope” and “Fear.” These two words have distinctly different connotations, yet in a lot of ways, the two words are inseparable. Fear makes us want to hope for something better, while at the same time, hope allows us to cope with fear. Without fear, we would never know hope but, of course, without hope, we would have no need to fear (though I would not want to live in a world without hope). Fear arises from the realization that our hopes may not come to pass. Whether it is a primal fear of injury or death, or fear of failure

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