Category Archives: Humility

Release Your Children Gradually

In a way I’m not fully qualified to write this as I still have a child at home.   On the other hand my wife and I have experienced six of our kids leaving.   My baby girl will be leaving … Continue reading

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How to Overcome a Bitter Spirit

How does a person know they are bitter?    Most people do not think they are because they call it other names – disappointed, hurt, unmet expectations.   An operational definition I use for bitterness is “harbored hurt”.   If not dealt with … Continue reading

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Love Says What is Right

When I was in Bible college I had a required course called homiletics.    The purpose of the class was to teach us how to prepare and deliver sermons.    Each semester every student in class had to preach to the class … Continue reading

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Serving Difficult People

One Sunday Paula and I were arriving home from church and not only was I tired, but my mind was full of the events that had happened during the day.    We pulled up in the driveway  and I grabbed my … Continue reading

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Focusing on My Needs Rather than Your Wrongs

A self-righteous person is not a loving person.   Yet, that is the normal attitude in all of our hearts apart from a work of God’s grace in us.    The place where we condemn others and excuse ourselves is in our … Continue reading

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Love isn’t Easily Offended

Most of the time when I speak at our church it is after special music by a soloist or a group.   Many years ago someone sang a song that I had never heard before.   I love music and it has … Continue reading

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Love Focuses on Others

I don’t get to visit a lot of churches because of my responsibilities at our church, but I do enjoy doing so because I  learn ways to help us be more effective in our ministry.   One of the things I … Continue reading

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The Relationship between Pride and Knowledge

One of the greatest hindrances to humility is knowledge.   I am certainly not opposed to education, nor is God, but education without the fear of the Lord only teaches a person to sin more creatively. There is an interesting text … Continue reading

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Broken Over Pride

It is a humbling thing to own up to failure and sin.    Pride resists admitting to wrong-doing.   It defends and excuses it.    When I act from my pride I not only do not love my family or those around me, … Continue reading

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The Difficulty of Dealing with Pride

Pride is so insidious that we don’t even know when we are infected by it.   We can defend and absolve ourselves, but if the symptoms of pride are evident (see previous post) then so is the root.  And the root … Continue reading

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