Category Archives: thoughts by John Fischer

It’s All About Jesus

The Gospel message has gotten a little foggy these days with all the attention being paid to politics, family values, and culture wars, and a lot of folks have lost track of the fact that it’s all about Jesus. Continue reading

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The Power of What You Think

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7 ‘I think, therefore I am.’ (Rene’ Descartes) How we think is fundamental to who we are and what we do. To a large extent, the world will cooperate … Continue reading

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Help That’s Really Help

Question: Is there someone you know who needs godly guidance? How can you approach them in a way that will be honoring to God? Continue reading

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Don’t Let Your Past Control Your Future

I learned something very important. It’s one of those commonsense realities that when you hear it, it seems so obvious you wonder why you haven’t thought about it before. In fact, when you hear it, you think, “Big deal; I … Continue reading

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Mercy for Judgement

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Matthew 5:7 Mercy is probably the most useful tool in our Gospel of Welcome toolbox, but perhaps the hardest to find. Believe me, we’re going to be pulling this one … Continue reading

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The Dark and Lonely Closet of Regret

  When you begin to step out into your dynamic future,  regret becomes something tied to your static past that no longer serves a purpose. Regret, like guilt, is useful only as a passageway to something better. Regret is good … Continue reading

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Winning and Losing

“Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 It’s been statistically proven that out of the 162 Major League baseball games that make up a full season of play, every team … Continue reading

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More Than a Crutch

I have done a good deal of thinking and writing about Pharisees (probably because I understand them so well) and one comment that Jesus made about them stands out to me: “Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and … Continue reading

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Grace Turned Outward

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”  Ephesians 2:8-9 Grace is the free and unmerited favor of God. It is … Continue reading

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God Isn’t Fair (Thank Goodness!)

“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful … Continue reading

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Adopted

“His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure.” Ephesians 1:5 I know something about this feeling. We have an adopted son … Continue reading

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Jonah Just Doesn’t Get it

I am a lot more like the prophet Jonah than I would care to admit, but I’m going to try. Jonah is often called the reluctant prophet because God called him to preach to the town of Nineveh, and he … Continue reading

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On Parade

Did you know that one of the most significant aspects of our mission in the world is simply being there? Paul talks about this in 2 Corinthians 2:14-16: “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession … Continue reading

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Cracked Pots

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Growing Pains

Often, as a child, when I complained about some ache or pain that had no clear physical explanation, the simple parental diagnosis was: “It’s just growing pains.” I used to imagine my muscles and bones actually hurting while they stretched … Continue reading

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