Posts Tagged ‘Forgiveness’

A guarantee for a peaceful Christmas

Christmas can be difficult…especially the older we get. When we were young, everything was amazing, fresh, and new. There was a wonder surrounding everything. The early traditions of decorating the tree, buying the presents, caroling to neighbors, being at church all have a discovery attached to them. But here’s the reality: As a child, we…

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Extending forgiveness

There are lots of things that help relationships. Good communication. Clarity concerning roles. Kindness always helps. But I believe the single greatest item in your relational toolbox is forgiveness. You already know what it feels like to receive it. But, are you aware of the power it has in your life when you extend it…

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Hurt by somebody

I’m upset. Things aren’t turning out the way I had hoped for. It’s thrown off my equilibrium. I was put on indefinite hold. As I’m writing this blog, I’m on the phone trying to reason with a computer. Can you relate? Of course, you can. This is the standard operating procedure in our world of…

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Looking good

It may be nice to tell others about how compassionate we are by using Twitter or Facebook, but it’s ultimately our actions that make the difference. The idea of “looking good” seems to be a bigger value than “being good.” Why is that? Part of the answer is that many of us have not taken…

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Stupid motorist

It doesn’t rain a whole lot in Phoenix where I live. If we get 9 inches of rain in one year, that’s a wet year. There are some places in the U.S. that receive 9 inches of rain in just one day. So, we Phoenicians know what’s like to live in an arid and dry…

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Forgive and forget

We’ve got the greatest dog in the world. His name is Jackson. He’s a small terrier. He loves his family. He goes crazy when we get home. I can remember accidentally stepping on his paw not too long ago. Boy did I feel awful. What a monster he must think I am. He yelped a…

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Remember

The Super Bowl is this weekend. Like a lot of you, I enjoy watching the game. Secretly, I REALLY enjoy watching the Super Bowl commercials. They’re usually creative and funny. They’re so popular, that they “leak” them to the public before the big game. I happened to see Google’s commercial today. It’s a conversation of…

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No Choice

Choices. In America, we are so grateful that we have them. Lots of them.  I mean, life is like a huge buffet. I can say what I want, go where I want, when I want. Now there are some restrictions. I probably can’t fly over Area 51 in Nevada. I can’t yell “fire” in a…

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The weight of the cross

We celebrate Good Friday by going to a barn. Let me explain. A great friend, John, is a real cowboy. He owns a ranch and he has this incredible barn on his property. At Christmas and Easter, he, along with his church, transforms that old barn into a stage where the Christmas story and the…

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It’s not fair!

Forgiveness is one of the big issues in every relationship. I say “big issues” because every relationship, whether in the home, at the office or at school has bumps and bruises caused by people.  Words misunderstood or actions misinterpreted. It’s part of the fabric of mankind. It affects all of us. It is an “equal-opportunity”…

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Forgiveness and Judgment

Luke 6:37-38“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.  Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use,…

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