Category Archive: Christlikeness

Dec 30

Are You A Thumb Sucker?

  I recently had the occasion to witness self-pity in an up close way.  The whole event picked me up and spun me around and I was grasping for truth.  I ended up journaling about it one morning, and wow I got 5 pages worth of stuff!  I won’t say I wrote down 5 pages …

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Dec 23

Fear, Worry, Anger and God’s Grace

Dan a friend of mine told me recently “I am reading The Shack, it is an awesome book.”  We read the book as a family about a year ago and it really impacted us as a family.  My thirteen year old son said “This is the best book we have ever read.”   There was something in …

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Dec 09

True Spiritual Growth

  I heard part of a teaching by James McDonald on the radio this afternoon and a couple of his statements really caught my attention.   I have transcribed the text below for your to read.  (you may also play it as well if you are viewing it from the web)   Spiritual maturity is related …

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Nov 23

Transparency With God

Quotes from Francis Chan’s book  “Crazy Love”      Before my wife and I got married I knew that I had to tell her everything about me, and the ways I’s messed up, all the things I’d done. She had to know what she was getting before she agreed to marry me.  That conversation was not …

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Nov 19

Perfection Is An Idol

  I was having a conversation with my daughter last night before going to bed.  Somewhere in the conversation I said something about “never being able to achieve perfection.”  Her reply back was pointed, she said “Trying to achieve perfection is dangerous.”  At first I wanted to argue with this in my mind.  Isn’t there …

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Oct 14

What is Faith?

  I heard this quote this morning: Faith is not getting from God just what you want (name it and claim it), it is accepting from God what he gives. It started me thinking.  We hear all this rumble in the christian community about “If you had enough faith you would get your healing, your …

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Oct 09

Are You Willing to Take The Bullet?

     Last Sunday evening Linda went on a long walk together, it gave us time to process some things together.  I had the opportunity to revisit some places where I had been hurtful and gain a bit more understanding of what blesses my wife and pulls here towards me in emotional intimacy. 

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Oct 02

Two Things

In talking with a friend recently he made a couple comments that really struck a chord with me.  The first was, “We as men tend to live in a pass/fail world, and when our wives point out to us areas of inconsistency we view ourselves as failures, what we really should be doing is seeing …

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Sep 16

Anniversary Trip

It has been a bit since I posted here at realmendo.com, my wife and I were on a trip to celebrate our 25th anniversary, we spent 11 days together traveling and doing some neat things.  Our trip looked like this. 

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Aug 06

Living Emotionally

There is some really interesting material in proverbs.  Often Solomon’s words paint striking word pictures to explain a concept.  I read this one to my boys this morning and it really caught their attention. Proverbs 26:16 (NIV) Like one who seizes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not …

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