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The Fear of the Lord

Proverbs 9: 10The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, knowledge of the Holy One is understanding They’ve been called “Old School”, or more appropriately “Neanderthals”[i].  They are coaches who motivate through fear and intimidation.  Playing on teams in the 70’s-80’s I had the non-privilege of being coached by a few.  One was a high school […]

Keeping the Rules

1 John 5 3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, Years back my brother-in-law Mike and my sister would often come visit from Europe during the summer and we’d head up to the family cottage for at least a week.  With large grass fields, we would […]

Commands versus Suggestions

Matthew 22:  37Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. I’ve heard many coaches talk about “coachable athletes”.  “Jane, oh she’s great.  She’s such a coachable kid”.  “Steve.  Oh I love coaching him.  He’s the most coachable […]

What is that to you? You must follow me!

John 21: 22  Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.   This story in John 21 is so interesting.  Jesus had appeared for the third time to his disciples, post his resurrection, and he used this opportunity to reinstate Peter.  Remember Peter’s darkest […]

Here am I. Send me!

Isaiah 6:8 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” As Christians we may often picture God with a list of special tasks and then a corresponding list of his people to accomplish the tasks.  Within this view […]