Why Does God Send People to Hell? (Lent 7-2018)

If there was ever a Christian turn-off, this one would be it: Why Does God Send People to Hell?  It even makes Christians uncomfortable, this whole idea of hell.  It doesn’t jibe with the God of love (John 3:16) whom the end zone at football games and the Catholic priest in our devotional series launched […]

February 21, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Why Didn’t God Just Punish Satan? He Started It. (Lent 6-2018)

Parents see it all the time with kids: an argument ensues and each child passes the blame to the other until it ends up with the pronouncement: “He started it.”  That’s the child’s version of Game Over.  It’s supposed to end all argument and settle the score.  The first to do wrong is at fault […]

February 20, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Why Didn’t God Stop Adam and Eve Before They Ate? (Lent 5-2018)

Some may think, “You know, God could have prevented all that.  Why didn’t God stop Adam and Eve before they ate?”  Why didn’t He tape their mouths shut, tie their hands or even put a big fence around that tree if He didn’t want them to eat “the forbidden fruit”?  Probably the shortest answer is […]

February 19, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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First Sabbath of Lent (2018)

For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.” (Isaiah 61:11) === Devotionals for Lent 2018, Pi and Chi (the Greek letter beginning the word Christos, which means Christ, Messiah, the Anointed One) continue tomorrow […]

February 18, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Why Didn’t God Give a Second Chance? (Lent 4-2018)

Americans like second chances.  There’s something romantic and nostalgic about it.  It feels like forgiveness and has the fragrance of hope.  Hope that things will be different next time.  Hope that a change of heart can lead to change of circumstances.  Hope that history being an excellent teacher can prevent our repeating past mistakes. Was […]

February 17, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Why Can’t Words Undo Actions? (Lent 3-2018)

Why Can’t Words Undo Actions? For that matter, can words undo words?  Or is it that once spoken can they never be unspoken? Did you ever think you’d see Al Franken and Harvey Weinstein in a Christian devotional?  (Yeah, me neither.) They apologized in words conveying regret, they expressed their support for the women they […]

February 16, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Why Is Sin Against God Any Worse Than Against Man? (Lent 2-2018)

Repentance, it’s one of those words.  Christian jargon that only religious people actually use or try to understand fully.  It’s one of those actions Christians don’t practice as they should.  It’s a change of heart, a change of direction, and a change of behavior.  It’s making up one’s mind to agree with God about sin […]

February 15, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Why Isn’t ‘I’m Sorry’ Good Enough? (Lent 1-2018)

It’s Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent and the beginning of Pi and Chi: Asking and Answering Questions Why, our devotional series for Lent 2018.  And what’s the beginning of Lent without a little guilt trip?  Ash Wednesday is a perfect day to feel the deep guilt we daily brush aside. A day also to […]

February 14, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Reminder: Lent 2018 Devotionals Pi and Chi Begin Soon

Reminder: February 14th (Ash Wednesday) is the beginning of Pi and Chi: Asking and Answering Questions Why, our Lent 2018 Devotional Series.  It’ll be 40 days of hard questions and seeking thoughtful answers.  Maybe you always wanted to know.  Maybe you were afraid to ask.  Maybe questions to get you to think outside the box […]

January 29, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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The Tree of Life Returns as Blessing

What do you think of when you think of the tree of life?  Do you think of something like a fountain of youth that would make you immortal if you were to take one bite of its fruit?  Do you think of its fruit magically making your life more fulfilling?  Or do you think of […]

January 23, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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