Category Archives: Intimacy

Three Kinds of Gifts

Consider the differences among these three pictures. -Team X pays a gazillion dollars to acquires the rights to Super Star player. -Team Q signs a player just out of high school and sends him to their training camp. -Saturday morning, Fred, … Continue reading

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The Art of Life

Brad and Beth sent me “One Thousand Gifts,” and in their quiet Aussie way suggested I might like it. It added a gentle half-inch to the pile of unread books by my recliner in the library. Months later, Deborah wrote … Continue reading

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The Mysterious King Part 8

Let’s build a totally different straw man now. Compare these two story lines.  First we have the prophet confronting Saul. “What have you done?” asked Samuel. Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did … Continue reading

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The Mysterious King Part 7

Soooo…………….what happened?! How could the Servant king who had the deck so utterly stacked in his favor, botch the play? The short version:  I don’t know for sure. The long version:  Here are some possible rocks to look under. There … Continue reading

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Steps to Intimacy Part 5

What is the difference between working like a Hebrew slave and being in Marine Corps boot camp?  Only one important thing:  Dignity! The new recruit who is being yelled at to push harder when he is already sure he has used … Continue reading

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Steps to Intimacy Part 4

So…what about disillusionment?  If it is a place where profound intimacy can be built, why are we so hesitant to go to Jesus with it? One word:  fear. Most of us have been taught overtly or indirectly that if things … Continue reading

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Steps to Intimacy Part 3

Imagine your emotions in these two scenarios. Scene one. You have been at your job for six years and are doing very well.  There is a small irritation lately with the newly graduated bobble head who HR stuck on your … Continue reading

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Steps to Intimacy Part 2

I receive a lot of gifts as I travel among loving, generous people. Most of them are duds.  While the other person meant well, and tried hard, and spent a lot of money in some cases, it just wasn’t what … Continue reading

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