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BE childlike

So what does it mean to become as little children? Is it merely a return to an earlier, less polluted human state? Is it about cultivating childlike qualities like goodness, obedience, humility, and dedication? Or is it way deeper than that?

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BEFRIEND lepers, prostitutes, “undesirables”

What makes someone undesirable? Their physical appearance? Their actions? Does God see people as undesirable?

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CAST the beam out of your own eye

There are three girls I work with who complain about everything.  Literally.  There are too many people working, there are not enough people working, the menus aren’t in order, the food is taking too long.

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Social activism



A Pharisee, in Jesus’ words, is a hypocrite.  All about the law and not the spirit.  The talk and not the walk. The rules left behind by moments of true inspiration — not the inspiration itself.

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DO GOOD to people who hate you

You don’t see me. I don’t exist to you. If you were to see me as someone who has feelings and a beating heart, then you would also see that you treated me like I was less than human.

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Social Problems


FEED the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter strangers, visit prisoners

Our church in downtown Houston attracts all kinds of people. Last year I felt the need to pray about being more welcoming — for example, not feeling impatient when certain visitors become disruptive. I was trying to break down the whole concept that some people are “undesirable.”

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FORGIVE 70 x 7

I can't think of anyone I need to forgive 490 times.  Can anyone? Then I remembered one of Jesus most radical statements:   "forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." I remember where I need to start in this forgiveness business.

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Heal the sick, cast out evil, raise the dead

HEAL the sick, cast out evil, raise the dead

What’s the most important characteristic of a healer? Selfless courage. 

One of the most impressive things about Jesus’ healings is how unafraid he was. No matter what the scene — angry group of religious extremists, packed temple of wealthy elites, demon-possessed horror film — Jesus always kept calm and focused.

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LET your light shine

LET your light shine

Once I got involved with a project I just didn't “get.”  It seemed flaky, plus I was put off by a key team member.  I tried to be pleasant, but I just felt so overwhelmed by her.  I thought, “Oh well, I’ll just grin and bear it.”

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LIVE more abundantly

I have a million jobs. I’m a firefighter, student, Starbucks barista, writer, self-published author and owner of a small publishing company – and these are just the jobs that sometimes pay me.

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Lose your life to find it

LOSE your life to find it

There should be a Hall of Fame for people who have followed Jesus’ teaching to find our own lives by losing them in service to others. And when there is, I have my nominations ready.

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LOVE your neighbor as yourself

I frequently find it difficult to know when and how to love my neighbor as myself. One Wednesday after work, I was dropping off a fellow employee at his parked motorcycle.  Approaching the bike, we saw an old homeless man trying to steal the helmet attached to it.

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MULTIPLY loaves and fishes

“Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude.” How absurd this story is!  How is this even possible?  He fed the MULTITUDE with five loaves and two fishes.  TWO freaking fishes.

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Practical Spirituality


SEEK the kingdom first — don’t worry about food/drink/clothing

About 85% of my spiritual growth comes from letting go in one form or another. Some dumb thing is always holding me back, weighing me down, making me clumsy.

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SELL what you have – give to the poor

When I was just out of high school, my dad passed on suddenly, leaving my mom to raise 8 children. To help support the family, I went to school part-time and worked a full-time job and two part-time jobs.

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TAKE up your bed and walk

I remember in high school I would have this intense monologue every morning before I opened my eyes. A fierce argument about why I shouldn’t get up and go to school.

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Right Place


TRAVEL without a wallet

“Don’t take any gold or silver or even coppers to put in your purse; nor a knapsack for the journey, nor even a change of clothes, or sandals or a staff...”

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Turn water into wine

TURN water into wine

I'm not at a wedding. In fact, this feels more like a divorce. Every time I think about the way you betrayed me, my heart breaks a little more.

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WALK on water

Do you know the story of Jesus walking on water? The disciples are sailing on one of those ”dark and stormy nights.” Jesus walks towards them on the water. They’re scared out of their minds and think he’s a ghost.

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WASH someone’s feet

Prepping for washing feet this summer, I’m thinking of this from Science and Health: In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the adamant of error, — self-will, self-justification, and self-love, — which wars against spirituality and is the law of sin and death.

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