Greatest Commandment

There are numerous variations of Jesus’ two great commandments found in the Old Testament. I found one again today in one of my favorite verses in Micah 6:8. What does God require of me? To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God. As I get older, life gets more complicated, but …

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Grandpa Kasten

Today was Grandpa Kasten’s birthday. I did a brief internet search for him. The internet didn’t know him. Too bad.  He was the dominant male role model for a good portion of my childhood. He was faithful, consistent, and conservative. Grandma had a stroke at the age of 51 and she lived her last 20 …

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God’s Voice

John 10:4 says the sheep follow Jesus because they know His voice. We live with all kinds of voices that muffle the voice of God. Sin also warps our spirit’s ability to hear God’s voice. Yet, no voice is so important to hear as God’s voice. For me, I increasingly desire to hear the voice …

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Hope

Romans 5:3-5 tells us to glory in our sufferings because they develop perseverance, character, and hope. Hope doesn’t lead to shame because God loves us and has given us the Holy Spirit. Then we read the proof of God’s love is that when we were sinful and powerless, Christ died for us. The longer I …

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Friends

I rounded 60 years of life this last week. One thing I could have done better—and hope to do better at—is friendship. People have been far better friends to me than I have been to them. I have spent my life being agenda driven—too busy for investing in friendship. What have all my agendas accomplished? …

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