Sam

When Your Desires Are Thwarted

Spiritual retreats have significantly impacted my life. During a retreat, something shifts in my heart, like a ratchet rotates it one way and it won’t twist back. In a concentrated time of prayer and reflection, I connect with God again, and I see the world with a new set of eyes. I like attending retreats, but I also like offering retreats. I want the same experience for...

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Information or Intimacy?

Over thirty years ago, I stumbled upon a 60 Minutes episode in which Mike Wallace interviewed an MIT computer science nerd.  He had a tiny keyboard strapped to his forearm and something like a virtual reality headset strapped over his eyes. The grad student claimed that future technology (remember, this was sometime in the 1980’s) would give us access to limitless amounts of...

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The Long Neglected Spiritual Gift

In many Christian circles there is controversy over the use (or even the existence) of many spiritual gifts. But almost everyone agrees that one gift has been overlooked for too long, and fortunately it is making a comeback with a vengeance, and that gift is sparketin. Sparketin is the holy marketing of ministries, celebrity pastors, mega-churches, and Christian personalities who...

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Desires of The Heart

I’ve used my Scripture Meditation Plan for decades. It begins with a psalm of the day, and last Thursday’s was Psalm 37. It is best known for this one sentence: “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (And this isn’t coming from a used car salesman.) A friend from University quoted that verse every day. His father was infamous for being...

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What Can I Learn from Cancer?

Four weeks ago, my doctor told me that recent tests indicate a high likelihood I have kidney cancer.  The tests were the result of an appointment I made because I felt run down. I thought I should take a sleep test or maybe a melatonin. Cancer was the furthest thing from my mind. Since then, the weeks were filled with doctor visits, a bit of googling, a few degrading procedures and...

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