In Person

In Body, Heart by Caleb

Whenever possible, it’s better in person. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together… (Hebrews 10:24-25) Hand-written is better than typed. Calling is better than writing. In person is better than the phone. When we’re together, our words actually, physically reach the other person …

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Giving Tuesday

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

 It’s Giving Tuesday, and millions of people will make small and large donations to organizations and individuals in a spirit of generosity, kindness, and love.  I’m not writing this to convince you to give. In fact, maybe you SHOULD NOT give.  You probably shouldn’t give… if you feel manipulated  if you feel pressured  if you don’t care and don’t care …

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Waiting by the Curb

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

What are you so excited about that you’ll wait all day by the curb? My boys sat in sub-50 degree weather for a good 90 minutes “waiting for Amazon”. Titi had bought a present and told them it’d arrive via Amazon delivery. So they waited. Snacks, chairs, coats, and drinks. They waited—content and excited. What are you hopeful for? What …

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Thanksgiving Way

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

I like to post about Thanksgiving AFTER Thanksgiving. When I feel fat, tired, and a little sick from the kid at dinner who wiped his snotty nose on me. When the house is less full and the fridge is packed with leftovers. When there’s more to clean up than to prepare for. When everyone is posting about their experiences and …

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Peace with Family

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

You can honor and not agree. You can respect and not see eye-to-eye. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—“so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” (Ephesians 6:2-3) Social science has proven this ancient text. Do you know the primary characteristic of the people in …

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Peace with Friends

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

Harmony doesn’t mean we agree on everything. Harmony means we love and respect each other even though we don’t agree. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:18) What relationships need more “peace”? What keeps getting in the way? I know, it’s probably mostly their fault. But, what if fault was …

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Stay There

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

Be careful not to crave the upgrade. “Whatever house you enter, stay there util you leave that town.” — Jesus (Luke 9:4) We love our upgrades. Apple knows that as well as anyone. But when it comes to upgrading from people and their generosity, it can backfire. I’ve seen people (and pastors) be friends with some and not others because of …

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Foolish Builder

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

Foolish is usually code for arrogant. It’s the foolish who think they already understand…and that they are right. “But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” — …

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Mental Health: Compassion

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

Everyone is carrying a burden you know nothing about. Maybe the best lesson from the movie “Joker”, is that we ought to be compassionate in our all our dealings with people – as odd or unusual as someone might be. So, Choose compassion over discomfort. We fear what we don’t understand. And what we don’t understand can make us uncomfortable. …

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Kingdom VS Tribe

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

The Kingdom is here and now. And you’re in the royal family. “You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.” —Jesus (Luke 17:21) Tribes were the extended family for many generations. Tribe battled against tribe and the fittest survived. Then, people began to rally together and …

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