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THAT TIME I SHOT GOD THE BIRD

I admit what I’m about to share was not the best time in my life, or my proudest moment. I also, admit the idea for this title came from an article I saw on Tim Challies site. His article covered a little different angle/topic, but it brought to memory a very powerful moment in my walk with the Lord.

THAT TIME I SHOT GOD THE BIRD

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Growing up I dealt with some depression. Even into college the shadow that overhung my life and soul followed me. Now, mind you this all happened while I was in Bible college. And, I say that not as a reason to say “look at me,” rather as a means for us to understand that depression and anger at God can happen to anyone, anywhere.… Read the rest

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3 REASONS FIGHTING IS GOOD FOR YOUR MARRIAGE

I think arguments and disagreements are normal within any marriage. Some of course are more serious than others, but what can you expect when you have two adults that come from two different backgrounds and have two different worldviews that live in such intimacy? There is bound to be some butting of heads.

3 reasons fighting is good for your marriage

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My wife and I got married young. I was 20 and she was 19, and we had only dated for three months and 1 week. When we got married we had a lot of learning to do. When I say a lot, I mean A LOT. Our first year of marriage was great, but it was also filled with a lot of arguments.

We had dove in head first to this thing called marriage and we really had no clue what we were doing except that we were in love.… Read the rest

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PLEASE CHECK YOUR BAGS

I’m sure we have all been there at one time or another. You know, that line at the airport where you have to check in and check a bag that is too big to fit in the overhead compartment. But, what happens when the baggage you carry into your relationship doesn’t get checked?

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No matter what the circumstances are you and I are going to bring baggage into our relationships. Some of us may have more, like the lady that has to pack 16 bags that takes up the whole bell boy cart at the hotel; while others may be the laid back guy on a weekend trip with only a duffle bag.

What we carry in that baggage depends on a number of factors:

  • Traditions
  • Family life
  • Past relationships
  • Traumas
  • Social experiences

These are merely a few of the things that impact the baggage we carry with us into our relationships.… Read the rest

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THE CHANGING SEASONS

It seems like we blinked and summer is almost gone. We are now quickly approaching fall, and it has made me stop and think about some things. The fact that just as nature is constantly changing seasons, we do the same thing throughout our personal lives, our careers, our hobbies, and so on. One area of my life that has been continually growing over the last few years for example is this blog. My goal has always been to help people through my writing.

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I started out blogging about faith and fitness at barbellsandtheology.com. I later moved any fitness posts over to my gym’s website, while relaunching my own blog under its current domain, danielpassini.org. This site in itself has gone through a few changes through that time too.… Read the rest

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3 MAJOR PROBLEMS WITH GOSPEL TRACTS

Have you ever walked into a public bathroom to find a little pamphlet sitting next to the toilet or urinal? Or, maybe on your windshield as you came out of the grocery store was one of those small booklets. You look at the cover to see a picture of a man in a robe, and maybe a little devil with a pitchfork; rays of sunshine on one side and flames on the other. While many Christians favor these little pamphlets as ways to “spread the Gospel,” I find there are 3 major problems with gospel tracts.

3 major problems with gospel tracts

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From what I have been able to find, there are records of gospel tracts as early as the 13th century. They later become more prevalent with the invention of the printing press.… Read the rest

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6 RULES FOR FINANCES IN YOUR MARRIAGE

It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor money has been a point of contention and stress for married couples for ages. The abundance or lack of it causes stress, arguments, and for some even divorce. Today, let’s discuss 6 rules for finances in your marriage.

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These rules don’t have to simply be applied only when money is tight; rather they are great principles to live by. Minimize the stress on your marriage by having a clear-cut understanding of your financial situation.

 

6. The Love Of Money

Money in and of itself is not evil, as I have discussed before. It is the love of money that is evil. We can read in 1 Timothy 6:10,

For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

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LIFE IN THE IN-BETWEEN: LIVING BETWEEN OUR PROBLEMS AND OUR ANSWERS

As Christians when problems arise, typically what is the first thing we do? We start to pray, and the hardest part is living between our problems and our answer. The life in the in-between is where many Believers lose hope, lose faith, or even lose their way. For it is in these days that God may seem distant, or not present at all.

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Just as ship that has left the shore and is desperately seeking new land, a harbor, or safety it must travel the waters that lie before it. It must make it’s way through the in-between. Sometimes those waters are rougher than others, but shore awaits on the other side if only it will keep going.

From the moment your problem arises until the moment you receive an answer, you have many choices in how to respond.… Read the rest

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LIFE, DEATH, AND THE GREAT CHRISTIAN HOPE: THE PAIN AND JOYS OF LOSS

Hey friends, sorry I didn’t have a regular post yesterday. It was a long week last week and weekend with the death of my wife’s grandmother.

Over the last few months her health had continued to decline, and as we watched death slowly encroach it made me wonder a few things about life, death and the Christian hope.

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Various parts of this post are actually from her eulogy that I had the honor and privilege to deliver.

What is the great Christian hope?

Why does the believer pray, worship, rejoice in hardship or sickness, read the Bible, or do so many other activities that are attributed to those who follow Christ?

 

The Pain

Death is never easy whether it is sudden or expected.… Read the rest

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