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5. To be selfish with your time and your possessions reveals either a major misunderstanding of the Christian faith or the intentional denial of the Christian faith. While some new believers in and followers of Jesus may not be aware that the grace-created life is to be a service-directed life, those folks are probably few […]

Just Because We Are Talking Does Not Mean That We Are Communicating

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Families, service-based organizations and churches function similarly in that by their nature they are relational.  Communication is necessary in these entities, but too often the participants assume that because they are frequently talking with each other they are engaged in healthy communication. In the name of communication some families, organizations and service-based organizations gossip, exchange […]

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5. Maybe it’s because I am becoming an old man or the result of finally growing up (I hope), but I am finding the less I care about hearing Christmas clichés, the more I desire to think about and focus on the mystery of the incarnation. 4. Recently I had a conversation with a person […]

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 […]

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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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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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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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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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 […]