Author: tspithaler

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The Implications of Understanding Contentment

I’d venture a guess that most Christians are aware of the verse in Philippians 4:13 that says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me“. And why not? It is one of the most memorized and most significant verses in all of scripture. As a matter of fact, Biblegateway.com lists it as the number 4 most read verses in all the bible. The Gospel Coalition’s records show the same thing. What a great verse to know. How empowering, how peace-giving, how awesome in its truth. While this verse is a very rare, stand-alone doctrine builder, it is not...

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Statute of Limitations

You know what? I was kind of a quiet wild-child when I was younger. I did my best to stay out of trouble mostly by not doing things that were blatantly illegal, and doing a good job of hiding all the nasty things I did otherwise. Prompted by a recent TBT (Throw Back Thursday) photo that I shared on my Facebook page, a friend was reminded of some of our hijinks, and stated how thankful he was for the statute of limitations! That, got me to thinking. Some earthly laws in this country have what is called a statute of...

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Beautiful

Nothing is more beautiful than my wife. I guess you’d expect me to say that, after-all, I did marry her. But I’m not talking about just her outside beauty. While I certainly find her physically attractive, and appreciate that type of beauty, there is so much more that God shows be about the quality of her beauty all the time. All we have to do to see what the world considers as beautiful these days is open the Sunday paper, or your favorite magazine. Spend ten minutes watching television, or take a walk through the local mall. To the world,...

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Why the Trend in Christian Movies is Bad

For years, Christian movies have doing very well in theaters. Revenue return over cost invested in Christian films are some of the highest percentages in the film industry. This is not just considering independent films, but releases from major studios are experiencing the same results. It seems the better these films are produced (and the less they look “B” grade), the higher the profit margin. So if Christian films are making more money per dollar invested, why is Hollywood not making more? For years this has been the question that American Christians have been asking. Finally, Hollywood seems to be listening.  The...

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I am a Mucked-Out Stall

Farm life, even life on a small farm inhabited with more chickens then any other livestock, cause a man to ponder things from strange or uncommon points of view sometimes. For some reason last evening, just tucked in beside my awesome wife, this thought cam to me. My life is like a mucked out stall. Raising goats, cows, horses, nearly any farm animal, is going to require sheltering the animals from the weather. For this reason we build barns. Because not all animals are alike, and even those that are do not always get along (something like people), we make...

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