Fear and Judgment (5YTL)

Recently, I shared a link to a piece that I read online via social media.  The title of the piece is "Real Christianity vs. Whatever The Heck It Is Conservatives Actually Follow."  Having shared that, I received varying types and levels of feedback, and I want to be clear about my feelings on the topic and perhaps focus more clearly on my thoughts, versus the broad brush with which the author painted his opinions. When the author of that article dubbed his interpretation of modern day Christi...
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Run To The Fire (5YTL)

We all know that firefighters are tasked with running into live fires.  It is an insanely difficult job, and I am glad it is not mine.  After all, the fire is where the danger is.  The fire is also where people have the greatest opportunity to make a difference. A few years ago, when I had the pleasure of attending Donald Miller's Storyline Conference in Nashville, I learned that a big part of his life's mission is to "save many lives."  He teaches that our lives are stories, and well-crafted...
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Don’t Be A Jerk (5YTL)

We've all known these people.   He or she is just too important to meet or talk with you.  If you do get the opportunity to actually meet or talk with him or her, they are condescending and possibly abusive. Even worse, you might be one of these people.  Tsk...Tsk...  My best advice to you is that you keep reading and change immediately. I like to advise folks that these are just people.  Sometimes we let fear from past experience cripple us from approaching people.  Just because someon...
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“Where There’s Anger, There’s Fear”

I have moments where it's clear to me that I'm angry with someone. Do you ever feel that way?  Sometimes, it's someone who did something that hurt me many years ago.  Sometimes, it's the result of a dream I had, and the person actually never did anything at all! In any case, I find that my anger often stems from a fear that's hanging out in my head.  As humans, we tend to combat fear with anger, because it gives us a sense of power.  Otherwise, we feel weak and vulnerable in our fear.  The tr...
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