Scared

Two Lies…One Trap

Did you know that Satan employs a very specific strategy to disrupt our relationship with God? He employees two diametrically opposite lies. They work in concert to trap us in despair and isolate us from God. He uses one lie to lure us into his trap. Once in the trap, he uses a different lie…

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Transparent Living

How many people know the real you? How many people truly know the person you see in the mirror?  All of us wear masks. We attempt to hide parts of ourselves from others. We prefer to present a public persona with our flaws and short comings well hidden. There are dangers in this charade? Who…

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Blessed, Broken and Scared: Becoming a Eucharistic People

Blessed, Broken and Scared …odd title isn’t it? It is both the title for the retreats that I provide for churches around the country as well as the title for my upcoming new book. I plan to have it published before the end of this year. My hope is that as people read this book,…

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Feed My People

When any of us hear the term “starving people” we immediately think of the many people around the world who go without food every day. Most of us have seen and been deeply moved by graphic pictures of starving people and as a result we have offered our financial help. In addition to the many…

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Hitting Below The Belt

In boxing, martial arts, and even Greco-Roman wrestling, there is a rule that you never hit “below the belt.” It seems that even in street fighting most men have an unspoken rule that hitting below the belt is off limits. Don’t think for a minute this fact is lost on Satan, and don’t think for…

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The Power of Three

Advertisers, and authors, comics and speech writers all understand the power of three. The rule of three is a writing principle that suggests that things that come in three are funnier, more satisfying or more effective than any other number. As a result, readers and audiences are more likely to remember things they hear in…

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As We Forgive Others

Do the words “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us,” scare you as much as they sometimes scare me? When I pray the Lord’s Prayer I realize that I am really praying: “Heavenly Father, please forgive me and treat me the way that I forgive and treat others.” Have you…

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Love Overcomes Fear

It seems to me that just the word “fear” itself conjures up fear. As humans we can find all kinds of things to be afraid of. Perhaps as kids it was the boogey man that caused our fear. As an adolescent, maybe it was the fear of rejection from that first love. As parents, it…

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Who Is Number One?

St. Paul has at times been described as ambitious, bold, and even boastful. By his own admission he was arrogant. Paul asserts that he was foremost among sinners. But wait just a dog gone minute, I thought I was chief among sinners, and if you are honest with yourself I’ll bet there have been times…

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No Hurry

Are we ready to see God’s face TODAY? Are we, at this moment, living our lives like that possibility could be a reality at any minute? None of us, of course, knows the hour of our death.Tragically this stark reality was brought to our attention by the highly publicized fatal shooting in Texas. There, a…

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