blessings in a barbershop
blessings in a barbershop
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I was waiting for my turn to get my haircut. While I was waiting, I started reflecting on the blessings of being in the barbershop. The first blessing one receives at the barbershop is a good laugh. There is always somebody in the shop that is cracking a joke. The barbershop can definitely lift a mood if one is in a depressed state of mind.

The second blessing one can receive at the barbershop is plenty of information. There are times when I have just sat and listened to other men talk about finances, relationships, politics, and life in general…

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“Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and keep your word.” (Psalms 119:17, ESV)

Many times in our lives we are in predicaments, positions, and postures that cause us to feel challenged. It is during those times that we want God to deliver us from our distress, errors, or present evil. The most challenging question we will face is what if God doesn’t deliver us?

The psalmist wanted God to be good to him so he could live out God’s Word and be an example for others to follow. He wanted to be exempt from some struggles because…

We must learn to endure

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“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9 ESV).

Have you ever worked to the point where you are tired?

Possibly you might be a caretaker who has siblings, but you are the only one who is taking care of your parent.

Maybe you are a teacher who is showing up to the class, but when you get there, only a handful of students are reporting to your class.

One could be a pastor who has a staff, but he is worn out from…

Why settle when it’s possible to get what you want?

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I was in the grocery store doing my shopping for the week, and I was in a hurry. I picked up some avocados to go along with my new keto diet.

When I got to the checkout register, I was pulling my items to be scanned when suddenly I came across a bruise on one of my avocados. I didn’t notice the bruise when I picked it up because I just looked at one side of it.

I was glad that I picked it up because I felt it before I saw it. I thought to myself I was in…

Do not underestimate the value of the penny

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The spare change is worth just as much as the dollars. If you don’t believe me just go to the checkout counter and use it. It is worth just as much. How many times have we passed over the pennies to get to the quarters? We tend to go after what has the most value, but the pennies are worth just as much. We may want the quarter but 25 pennies add to the same. We may want the dollar but 100 pennies equal the same.

Do we have people in our lives that we have passed over because we…

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Most pastors will experience the decision at some point in their ministry on the decision to move on

Some struggle with the decision to leave a pastorate and go to another, while others gladly welcome the new opportunity.

I know first hand how difficult the decision can be having already gone through the process. I feel the struggle comes for various reasons as to why we should stay at our current location, but sometimes the situation can seem much better by moving on.

One theological conundrum can be that pastoring is a marriage between church and clergy.

While it may sound cute within the congregational council, it presents a spiritual agitation among those in ministry that need God…

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There are movies that I go to and watch, and I really enjoy watching the movie.

Then there are movies where I was supposed to be entertained, but I ended up pulling out my phone and taking notes.

This was the case in the latest Toy Story Series. I went to the movies with my grandchild and ended up walking away with so many life nuggets that I had enough information to start a devotional book.

Let me be clear, I’m not going to be a movie spoiler, but I will share and highlight some takeaways that all of us…

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The Story Of A Tree

I started out as a seed that eventually grew into a tree

Providing cover for some while giving food for those that came to me

Over the years I learned my purpose and my place

And not being competitive while looking at others making it a race

Life taught me lessons by experiencing different seasons

My maturity and growth allowed me to use logic and reason

I was able to weather the storms that came by and went through

I learned another lesson that as a survivor there was more for me to do

When I began to age like…

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“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28, KJV)

Let's pray about it

Dear God, I come to you on behalf of families. I pray against every brokenness. I pray against every generational curse. I command it to be loosed in the name of Jesus.

Devil, you are defeated today, and we command you to lose everything that you have taken. Give us our families back, give us our sons and daughters back, give us our finances back, give us our faith back. …

And how we can be identified as children of God

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You have heard it said, you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy, but I say to you to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in Heaven. (Matthew 5: 43–45, ESV)

Love our enemies?

Jesus introduces one of the most uncomfortable paradigms in Christianity when he says that we should love our enemies. He also contradicts everything that our natural human reflex is conditioned to do. We are raised, or culture has taught a dualistic philosophy on perspectives.

For example, when we watch westerns, the white hat…

Corey Howse

Husband, Father, Writer, School Teacher, Pastor.

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