Living Water

The Chinese have a wonderful story about a stonecutter who worked everyday, cutting stones from a mountain. Each day he would rise early and go to the mountain and begin his work cutting stones. Each evening, as the sun went down, he would drag himself to his poor and humble…

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Down From The Mountain

Down From the Mountain I used to live in the mountains once before, back when I was a child. I didn't live there for very long, but I did live there for awhile. Back around 1961 or 1962, when I was just a wee lad, my parents bought a mountain…

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Guilty

Here we are again beginning another forty-day period of lent. For many, this is a time of self-reflection, a time when lives are re-examined and in which the soul is tested. Traditionally, the Roman Catholic Church has seen this has a time of self-imposed torture of one type or another…

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What Christians Are Supposed to Be

Many people have problems with the church in America, in the world, for that matter. I cannot blame them. The church has been responsible for any number of evils on this planet. The church has been responsible for a great deal of suffering and sorrow. The church has its own…

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Respect

One Saturday, Sam and Dave were out playing a round of golf. As they were approaching the 9th hole, Sam looked out across to green to see a funeral procession going by on the street next to the golf course. Sam stood still, took off his hat, and placed it…

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Being Good

I read a very interesting article in the newspaper the other day. At first, it gave me a little hope. Given a survey, a full 89% of the young people questioned felt that being a good person was more important than having money. There was one problem, however. It seems…

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Salt

I was teaching my kung fu class the other day working with one of the students. He was having a difficult time with one of the movements I’d shown him a few weeks earlier. He just wasn’t getting it. I told him to just move naturally. “You can…

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Blessed Be...

I have always been interested in science. Of course I wasn’t interested enough to major in physics or anything. I’m way too lazy to do that. I may be crazy, but I’m not stupid. That much math would have made my brain implode. Still, I found it…

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Lamb

Religious imagery turns a lot of people off, I think. I mean, here we are in the 21st century, having gone to the moon, having seen the earth from outer space, having explored the realm of string theory, and then thinking of the deity as a blue-skinned woman with many,…

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Epiphany

My mother used to drive my family crazy. Often we would go to great trouble to find a gift for her that was just perfect, something we knew that she wanted very much. And we would scramble to find the money to buy the gift, or work our fingers to…

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I Gotta Feeling

I Gotta Feeling I attended a lecture once about teaching children to follow their intuition. We don’t do that a lot. Think about the last time you just “had a feeling” about something. I once drove to Arizona for the holidays and the trip there was a disaster. The…

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Called

You’re here once again reading one of these little gems about God and religion. Perhaps you’re interested to see if I’m going to say anything interesting or funny. Perhaps you want to know a little more about that ancient history, or about that Greek language, or about…

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The Joy of Christmas

The Joy of Christmas Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose…

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These Stones

These Stones The Advent season to all that believe in the story of Jesus is a very special time, not only as a celebration of the birth of a poor itinerant preacher from Nazareth. It is a celebration of hope. And the meaning of this celebration goes back far beyond…

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