Break the Boundaries of Failure

 A scientist ran some experiments with a barracuda. He put one in a big fish tank. He put fish into the tank to feed it. Then, the scientist divided the tank in half with glass, to separate the barracuda and its prey. Repeatedly, the hunter rammed into the glass, trying to reach the fish. After […]

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Compassion is a Disease

We all need someone to step in and help every once in a while. Lost dogs, car troubles, breakups, makeups, unemployment, hunger, thirst, homelessness – you name it – it is happening to someone now. Some people go through life as though God’s going to swoop in for others and save the day. Provide a […]

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God’s Love is Insane

It’s not right. It’s just not fair. I mean, if you’re in an abusive relationship what’s the right thing to do? Leave, right? Go somewhere safe, where the hurting stops and healing begins. Well, put yourself in His shoes. He made men and women for love. Yep, that’s your primary purpose. To be loved by […]

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2014: The Year of No Resolutions

I’m not making any New Year’s resolutions this year. Not a single one. Resolutions aren’t bad, per se. People make resolutions for good reasons: to look trimmer, to get fitter, to quit smoking, to pay off credit cards, or to give up eating alpaca meat. But something about the New Year’s tradition has weakened it. […]

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Mysteries, Demons, and Power

Those who know me know that I am a ponderer. I need to know what’s going on with life. Sometimes I think myself into a state of near immobility. It is difficult for me to see just how scarce the life of God is in Christianity. The church, God love her, has failed to offer […]

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Kill the Cosmos with Kindness

What is it about kindness that makes it so hard to come by? You know, the world out there…that one that you were born into. You are who you are because it helped shape you. It is a system, a process that trains and conditions people to live life according to its rules. Cosmos: The […]

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Let God be God

Somehow it’s all too easy to forget to give space for God as King in your life. Free-will means that you are the captain of your ship. You are sovereign of your life. You decide how to lead. God will not take that from you. But, to rule without God’s aid is to live the […]

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To Rest from Pride

Lately, I’ve had to repent over some things. To repent means to agree with a person’s view that differs from your own, and to turn your way of thinking and actions to it. For me, it goes like this: God is there and is the creator of all. So isn’t it reasonable to think that […]

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The Messenger

When you really need a message, God takes pains to send a messenger. Consider what happened to me just the other day. She sat at the table next to mine at Jars of Clay coffee shop in Phnom Penh. The restaurant was extremely busy. In fact, a large group of people filled the upstairs. Usually, […]

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What’s in a Name?

These days in many places names don’t mean as much as they did in the past. For example, my name means “fighter” but I never realized it until I was in my twenties and looked up its meaning online. In Cambodia, the name that people use from day-to-day, which may differ from their given name, […]

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