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I recently read a message I’d given in 1984 and felt a mixture of embarrassment and surprise. Embarrassed because it seems inadequate now, and surprised by how much my worldview has changed. Twenty-five years from now, I might read these messages and have a similar reaction. I offer no guarantee that my work or words will endure the eroding effects of time. I can only assure you these thoughts have been helpful to me, and perhaps a few others, today. With that qualification, I offer them to you.

~ Philip

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Sentences I’ve Read (1) – Advent 2015

Sentences I’ve Read (1) – Advent 2015

If we are going to have any hope in this world, if we are going to have any happiness or joy in the world, we had better learn that the only answer for humanity, the only hope for humanity, is to love specifically.  [prettyfilelink size=""...

Listening to Life (9)

Listening to Life (9)

To demand anyone do anything is to coerce another to do something under threat of punishment or harm.  You do this, or else!  While we may succeed in getting our way in some small matter, we will poison the well of human relations and drink bitterness for years to...

Listening to Life (8)

Listening to Life (8)

We spend too much time thinking of what we will do if we are unfortunate, and too little time thinking of what we will do, and how we will be, if we are blessed.[prettyfilelink size="" src="https://philipgulley.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Listening-to-Life-8.pdf"...

Listening to Life (7)

Listening to Life (7)

To envy is to want the life of another, to want that life so badly we would take it from them, which is the great metaphorical truth of Cain and Abel.[prettyfilelink size="" src="https://philipgulley.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Listening-to-Life-7.pdf"...

Listening to Life (6)

Listening to Life (6)

It’s not that some of us have embarrassing secrets and some of us don’t.  It’s that some people have to go through life with their worst secret written on cardboard signs hanging around their necks, and the rest of us somehow avoid that embarrassment. [prettyfilelink...

Listening to Life (5)

Listening to Life (5)

I tell you, friends, there is nothing that will come back to haunt a preacher more than a sermon about loving everyone.  You preach a sermon about God loving everyone and that will come back and bite you on the hind quarters every time.  Because one day you’ll meet...

Listening to Life (4)

Listening to Life (4)

This week I’ve been thinking about the relationship between our well-being and happiness and our use or stewardship of time.[prettyfilelink size="" src="https://philipgulley.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Listening-to-Life-4.pdf" type="pdf"]Listening to Life...

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=""...