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Listening to Life (3)

Listening to Life (3)

As long as a child is cute, as long as a woman is physically attractive, we happily include them in our lives.  But let that first wrinkle, that first silver hair, that first infirmity appear, and her cultural value and importance plummet.  [prettyfilelink size=""...

Listening to Life (2)

Listening to Life (2)

People in other countries wonder why there are so many gun deaths in America.  It’s because of our culture.  There are 88.8 guns for every 100 residents in America.  That’s the most of any country in the world.  Tunisia has the fewest guns, with 1 gun for every 100...

Listening to Life (1)

Listening to Life (1)

So we are presented with a choice.  That’s what happens whenever we encounter God.  We are presented with a choice.  Will we shine light, or will we spread darkness? [prettyfilelink size=""...

Life Cycles (16) – After Life

Life Cycles (16) – After Life

Most of the time the church has spoken about the after-life, we’ve spoken about it as if the after-life were a scientific certainty.  We’ve assumed the existence of heaven, where the people we love go, and the existence of hell, where the people we don’t love go. ...

Life Cycles (14) – Life Review

Life Cycles (14) – Life Review

I have seen this time and again as a pastor, that if someone is doing all they can to avoid death, is fearing death, dreading death, avoiding any reminder of death or mortality, it is almost always the case there is a broken relationship in their life, or an...

Life Cycles (13) – Letting Go

Life Cycles (13) – Letting Go

[prettyfilelink size="" src="https://philipgulley.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Life-Cycle-13.pdf" type="pdf"]Life Cycle (13)[/prettyfilelink]If there are any advantages to being a  Quaker, it might be that our testimony on simplicity teaches us to assign our...

Life Cycles (11) – Acceptance

Life Cycles (11) – Acceptance

When we’re in our 60’s we stop saying, “I should have done this,” or “I wish I had done that,” and make our peace with what we’ve done, where we are, and who’ve we become.  If we don’t arrive at that level of acceptance, we’re going to be miserable.[prettyfilelink...

Life Cycles (10) – Happiness

Life Cycles (10) – Happiness

As we age, we have this deep well of experience and resilience to draw upon and we’re able to face things we never thought we could.  And not only face them, but have the ability to be content in the midst of our troubles. [prettyfilelink size=""...