Strive for the Narrow Door – Part 2 of 4 (592 words)

3 Implications of “Narrowness” In these four posts we are contemplating how to think about Jesus’ telling his listeners that they should “strive to enter through the narrow door. In part one of this series, we considered the importance of the word “strive.” This means continual effort toward something. You’ve never messed up so bad […]

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Strive for the Narrow Door – Part 1 of 4

In the lead up to the parable of the Narrow Door, Jesus gets away with something I almost never do. He doesn’t answer the man’s question. You can read the account in Luke 13:22-30 (CLICK HERE to read it) The man asks Jesus, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” What do […]

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How to Not Accidentally Teach Your Kids to Lie

Every parent wants to raise his or her children well. When I have explained the possibility of accidentally teaching children to lie, I have seen parent’s face light up with recognition. I have seen people place their palms on their cheeks and say, “Oh, my…” So, how can you accidentally teach your child to lie? […]

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Want To Be Happier? Science Says Practice Gratitude

Alice Walker, author of “The Color Purple,” once wrote, “‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, and understanding.” Just as science has been confirming the health benefits of forgiveness (see my blog post: A Simple Habit for a Longer, Healthier […]

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To Live Longer Healthy Happier, Learn to Forgive

“Bitterness is a poison you swallow hoping someone else gets sick.” I don’t know who said this, but it’s true. When you hold onto hurt — when you refuse to forgive — you are the one you are hurting. This has been a spiritual truth for millennia. More recently it has become a scientifically demonstrated […]

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