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Fenton Five 5.  Character is both who you are and what you do. Regardless of how good your stated values are and how honorable your intentions, you do not have good character unless it is reflected in the choices you make and the actions you take. 4. Arrogance and worry are similar. Arrogance never asks […]

Fenton Five: Graduation Edition

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Below are five brief thoughts I invite you to share with the 2017 graduates. 5. Determine to contribute to the good of humanity and begin with contributing to the spiritual, physical and emotional well-being of those around you now. If you are not interested in improving the quality of life of those you know, you […]

Fenton Five with an Easter Flavor

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Fenton Five with an Easter Flavor 5.Character finds its roots in hope and not in guilt, shame or despair. This is why lectures from parents or authorities often are counter-productive. The death/resurrection reality (otherwise known as Easter) allows us to experience hope even when we do not have an external cheerleader. 4.Thoughts of revenge are […]

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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 […]