Tag Archives: forgiveness

Raising an Angry Child

I coached Little League baseball for over twenty years and I have had many angry children on my teams.    It was more than rebellion, but a deep, abiding, residual, boiling anger.   The first time I met them they were angry.   … Continue reading

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Love is Quiet When It Could Hurt Others

There are times that you have been loved and never knew it.   It wasn’t because of what someone did or said, but rather what they didn’t do or say.  Love is not always noticed; in fact, sometimes it is silent.    … Continue reading

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Love will not Retaliate

I know a pastor that had to make a difficult decision concerning a staff member  to let him go.   The individual became enraged and rather than leaving quietly began a campaign to destroy the pastor.   Somehow he got a mailing … Continue reading

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Love isn’t Happy When Others Have Problems

When I was a Youth Pastor many years ago I had a family in our youth ministry that didn’t like Paula or myself.   The father and mother opposed most of what we were trying to accomplish with the young people.   … 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 Intentions

One of the ways I know that I genuinely love someone is the way I think about them.   The Bible states that love “thinketh no evil” (I Corinthians 13:5).   This means that I do not keep track of wrongs or … Continue reading

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Love Focuses on the Good

I first met my wife in a Sunday School class I was leading. It was a very small church without enough classrooms for everyone to have a place to meet so we met outside when the weather was nice and … Continue reading

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Regrets from being Easily Provoked

The things I will most regret with my family aren’t the things I have done or not done, but the things I have said.    When we are easily provoked we say and do things we regret later on.    A lack … 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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Who Aggravates You?

I greatly enjoyed my years in college, but my third year (which was the last year I was in the dorm) was trying.   It wasn’t the classes, they were some of my best.   My challenge was a person.  We had … Continue reading

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