Fenton Five Random Thoughts On Character

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5. Legalists enjoy receiving recognition for keeping the rules as it is a way to keep score. Kingdom folks are more concerned about building character than keeping score. 4. Regret leads to self-pity, which leads to diminished influence. Repentance leads to humility, which leads to increased influence. Regret is feeling awful about what you have […]

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Fenton Five on the Election

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5. In this year’s election, we are choosing between two people who give evidence of very flawed and sinful character. This is not the first time American voters have had to make such a choice; in fact, it is more the norm rather than the exception. Human character is flawed and always has been. We […]

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Fenton Five

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5. The best evidence of character is not rule keeping but building and maintaining healthy relationships. We often assume that relationship building is easier for people with extroverted personalities. I am less sure of that than I used to be. It is easier to convey the image of caring as an extrovert and when our […]

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Fenton Five

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This Fenton Five consists of quotes from the new devotional book, Short But Sure Steps On The Character Path. 5. Asking God to “bless” is asking for strength to engage, not for help to escape. 4. Anxiety is the breeding ground for greed. 3. Baptism without conversion is only spiritual cosmetic surgery. 2. Christian teaching […]

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Fenton Five

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The media is biased. Before you think this is going be another rant about the media, allow me to get to the point. The media is biased, and so are all of us. What really makes us angry is to find that their bias is different than our bias. The stories we repeat and the […]

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Fenton Five

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5. Since I announced in April that I am retiring on August 28, several people have visited with me both about the church’s transition and my transition. While I am weary of hearing the word “transition,” it does describe an essential life principle. Years ago I heard that all pastors are interims, and only the […]

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Fenton Five

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5. Millennials now out number Baby Boomers. Big deal? or Big Deal! I chose the exclamation mark option. This interesting, numerical fact is influencing our country now and will influence it even more in the days to come. If you don’t believe it, just ask Hillary Clinton, as the millenials are the foot soldiers in […]

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The Fenton Five

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5. The rejection of the establishment, or maybe just the avoiding of it, is more than a 2016 political phenomenon.  It is a cultural shift that impacts almost every area of life.  Uber, the plethora of non-denominational churches, food trucks, home breweries, neighborhood newspapers, cable news, homeschooling, and self-publishing are just some of the ways […]

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Good Friday Five

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5. The Christian virtue that is to be practiced on Good Friday is repentance. We generally pay “lip service” to repentance because we think it is something we do with our lips. But thinking that saying “I am sorry” is repentance is like assuming that taking pain medication cures cancer. Repentance is: 1) the attitude […]

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