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The world economy and the signs of the times

Posted on March 17, 2009

I don’t often write here on the signs of the times (not because I don't want to, but that's a subject for another day) but it’s been very interesting to watch how the media has been covering every single aspect of the world’s troubled economy recently. I’ve read articles on how it compares to the times of the Great Depression in the US in the early 20th century. I’ve also read practical articles on how to live off of $10 per day, and some humorous ones including how to make a prom suit out of duct tape.

It does not take any prophetic anointing to discern that that these times...

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Satisfying our "colossal inner blah"

Posted on March 12, 2009

I came across this amazing quote from Thomas Dubay's book "Happy Are You Poor" and wanted to share it with you all.

“Plain honesty requires that we assert that the New Testament teaches an unblushing and uncompromising asceticism [simplicity], a hard road and narrow gate, a carrying of the cross every day, a renouncing of all that one possesses, a being rid of superfluities, and a dying with the Lord (Matthew 7:13-14; Luke 9:23; Luke 14:33; 1 Timothy 6:7-8; Romans 6:3-5). But it also teaches a rich, abundant human living, a complete and intense joy beyond...

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The Humility of God

Posted on March 5, 2009

It’s so easy to read the scriptures become overly familiar with them – so much so that we end up floating on the surface of the waters and never plunging into the depths of them. That’s been my recent experience with John 4 when Jesus speaks to the Samaritan woman by Jacob’s well. Jesus asks the woman for a drink from the well, and the woman responds with shock because Jews never have dealings with Samaritans in the way they were interacting at that point. Jesus responds in such a stunning way:

Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it...

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Winter is not quite over yet in Kansas City

Posted on March 1, 2009

Winter in Kansas City

Yesterday we were all rudely awakened to several inches of heavy, wet snow. Above is just a shot of my back yard. I was assuming the forecasters were just being pessimistic by saying we'd be getting 3 inches. But when everything stopped yesterday around 4pm, we had close to 5 inches on the ground.

Now for someone growing up in a part of the country that is used to 12-18 inches of snow at a time, this was really not that big of a deal. But for native...