Why punish yourself more than God does?

Photo credit: Josef Grunig / Foter / CC BY-SA

Photo credit: Josef Grunig / Foter / CC BY-SA

People can’t make you feel bad about yourself unless you let them.  That’s a concept that has helped people who struggle with poor self-esteem to develop a healthy outlook about themselves.

What if the reverse of that concept could be useful as well? I don’t mean that I can only make someone else feel bad if they let me do it (though that is true).  But what if it’s true to say that other people can’t make you feel good about yourself unless you let them?

Guilt is a powerful emotion that is unnecessary for Christians. When you were saved you were freed from all the burdens of sin, including this one.

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How to be chosen at Harry Potter World, and beyond.

Emma and Vanda at Hogwarts

Emma and Vanda at Hogwarts

She’s read all seven books at least twice.  After years of intrigue with the fantasy world that includes muggles, Dumbledore and hallway pictures that interact with their observers, Emma had the opportunity to visit Universal Studios’ Harry Potter section of their theme park when our family went to Florida last week.

Among other things, Emma had anticipated visiting the shop where you choose, and of course purchase, your wand – though I’ve learned that the wand actually chooses you.  The easy way is to go through the main entrance into the store. But for those Harry Potter enthusiasts who want to wait an hour in line (with their parents), there is the opportunity to watch a wizard do his thing in a another part of the store. He shows you some of the mystery behind finding your wand and helps one lucky child in each group learn how to discover which wand is theirs. With a little Universal Studios magic, the child gets to try out the wand on things in the room with the wizard’s help.

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Why is it tough to be the beneficiary of generosity?

Great idea: (pre) Mothers' Day Free Car wash

Great idea: (pre) Mothers’ Day Free Car wash

Moms always want a clean car.  Denny Pallay isn’t a mom, but he loves upkeep on cars and teaching people how to maintain their vehicles.  This picture is the result of the plans we made that I posted about during the kids’ Spring Break.

On Saturday, from noon to four pm, Denny led the way as a dozen or so people from the high school and junior high groups from our church washed, waxed and vacuumed cars for any mom. If that wasn’t enough, he recruited his wife and daughter, Sharon and Wendy, to put together sweets for the moms as they waited. And the charge for this? Absolutely nothing.

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How can Paul say that his distress is for other people’s salvation?

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Photo credit: Daniele Zedda / Foter.com / CC BY

The apostle Paul said some crazy things.  While studying for the teaching I offered at church yesterday I came across yet another gem that had eluded me all these years.  In 2nd Corinthians 1:6, Paul says, “If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation . . .” (NIV).

My thought had been that Paul means his suffering was a bridge to bring other people to know Jesus Christ.  But he doesn’t use the past tense here.  His current stress is to encourage the Corinthians and to save them.  And, he’s speaking to Christians.  They’ve already been saved!  And he’s certainly not implying that he is their savior.

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Has your penny dropped?

pay-toilet-blues_lMy father-in-law is British.  There’s a phrase he has used for many years to inform anyone within earshot of his need to use the bathroom, “I have to spend a penny.”  Early on I was curious about the phrase, and Frank is like Cliff Clavin from Cheers; he loves to impart useless information (as he willingly acknowledges).  It is often interesting, though.

Back in the day, he explained, if you wanted to use a public restroom it was necessary to invest a penny into the process.  Fascinating, I know.

There’s another phrase he uses: “The penny has dropped.”  Thankfully, this one has nothing to do with bodily functions. It dates back to the Victorian era when penny arcades were popular.  Sometimes the penny would get stuck half way down and the customer would have to shake the machine or just wait until the penny finished its journey downward for the game to begin.

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Zach is the Holy of Holies

Zach and blue skyEarly on Saturday morning only the guys were awake in the Knick household.  Zach, my nine-year-old, was watching cartoons and told me how bored he was.  It turned into a manly morning as we took an impromptu trip to McDonald’s. Maybe it will be one of those surprises he’ll remember into adulthood.  I know I will.

It took awhile for him to choose what to eat.  We don’t do the Mickey D’s thing a lot, and I can’t remember the last time we had breakfast there.  He finally decided on a breakfast burrito and, after his first bite, vowed to consume only that delicacy as the first meal of the day until the length of his days on this earth would expire.  By the time he started the second burrito he’d already changed his mind.  I have his fickle taste buds to thank for what happened next, since he was no longer fixated on fast food delicacies.

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Jerry Sandusky doesn’t deserve to go to heaven

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Okay, he is innocent until proven guilty. But with so much smoke, there has to be at least a little fire. Even a little fire of this kind should buy him a one way ticket to an eternal burning experience.

If he’s guilty of even one of these accusations, he’s done the most heinous of things to the most innocent of people; a child. To make the crimes possible he posed as just the opposite of who he was – a man concerned with the welfare of children – by starting the Second Mile, a charity for underprivileged kids. So he’s also a hypocrite in the worst way. And what about setting up the last few months of the life of one of the most revered men in college sports, Joe Paterno, with a terrible scandal? Paterno should have done more, but Sandusky created the situation for him. As a result, a life that had stood out as one of integrity ended in moral turmoil.

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