Tag Archives: selfishness

Bitterness, a Prelude to other Troubles

Have you ever sat in a restaurant while waiting for your meal and taken note of those around you?    I’m especially fascinated by the dynamic of couples and how they tend to change as they grow older.   You see it … Continue reading

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Love Thinks What is Right

I have friends that perhaps would not consider me to be their friend.   It is possible to be a friend to one that is not a friend to you. When Judas approached Jesus to betray Him, our Lord addressed him … 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 Indebtedness

Those at our church have often heard me speak highly of my father.   My dad was my hero.   He is the best man I have ever known.   When I was married I asked him to be my best man.   When … 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 Sacrifices for Others

Love is never mediocre, but extreme.    It is willing to pay the greatest cost and carry the heaviest burdens – without anyone ever knowing about it.    If there is no sacrifice, there is no love. That’s why many bail out … Continue reading

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Love Defers to Others

One of the marks of genuine love is deference.    The definition of deference is “to respectfully yield to the opinion or desire of another person”.     Sometimes this involves deferring to another even when we want something different.  What would motivate … Continue reading

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