larry hashman
  I have been a member of ChristianBlog.Com for 4 years, 9 months and 2 days.

  I have published 5 blogs and 4 comments.

  My blogs average 1,168 words per blog.

 My most recent blog was published: Oct 27 2012 01:44:34pm

 I currently live in: United States.
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The only vote that counts
Larry Hashman
published . 4 min read
Every election year, we are bombarded by political ads where one candidate points at the other and criticizes everything from his platform to his haircut, then says in effect that, “Vote for me because I'm not like him.” We call that negative campaigning, and we all get tired of it long before the election season is over. But, do we do a little negative campaigning sometimes with God? Consider the story Jesus tells of two campaigners who came to the temple one day to try to get God's vote. One man belonged to the established Pharisee party, the other, who worked days as a tax collector, could be described as an independent. In Luke 18, we pick up the debate, with the Pharisee speaking first: “I thank You, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else. For I...
Ice cream and jesus
Larry Hashman
published . 5 min read
Standing at the ice cream parlor display case, there was a dizzying array of choices confronting me. I was being tantalized in every direction. Chocolate chip, mint chip, and pistachio were competing for my attention. Or I could just go with the flavor of the month, some combination of flavors I had never heard of before but which promised luscious satisfaction. I wavered among the different flavors. Even those strange to me sounded tempting. After all, it's ice cream – how bad could it be? Every choice looked cold, satisfying and tempting from my side of the glass display. Free samples were offered; just little licks making me want bigger bites. None tasted bad; all made me want more. How I live out my faith as a follower of Christ? Am I a good “free sample?” Or am...
Look up, not down
Larry Hashman
published . 5 min read
Our young grandson accompanied my wife and I to church. During prayer, he looked around at the sanctuary of bowed heads all around us. Tugging on his grandmother's sleeve, he asked, “If we're praying to God in heaven, why is everybody looking down at hell?” Perspective is important; keeping our perspective in a world that's forever changing its perspective can be one of the greatest challenges for Christ's followers. It's easy to get caught up in what the world around us is caught up in, whether it's global warming, the fate of the Euro or Occupy Wall Street. Regardless of our immediate circumstances and worries, our perspective needs to be rooted in the gospel, believing God has a plan that includes each one of us. We need to keep our hearts,...
God makes house calls
Larry Hashman
published . 4 min read
I recently had to have major surgery, which to me is anything bigger than a root canal. I have always been blessed with more health than sense, but in this case it was my body that needed repair and my spirit that was doing fine. Words of Scripture comforted me continually in the days leading up to the surgery. “Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT). Many times I had read those words; several times I had preached about those verses. They don't really hit home, however, until you are in pre-op, trying to...
Becoming a new creation takes work
Larry Hashman
published . 4 min read
I ran into an old friend I knew from church this morning. I hadn't seen him for several months, and I asked how he was doing. That brought some downcast eyes my way. He admitted he had been riding with a motorcycle gang that didn't honor Christ, and he had done some things that may "send me to prison for a long time." I have heard him pray; he knows the Bible; he has tasted the Holy Spirit in his life; but he said that putting on the colors of his particular motorcycle gang "makes me feel invincible." Except, he wasn't feeling so invincible this morning, facing me outside a church food bank. I hugged him and prayed with him. I told him he needed to put away the motorcycle colors and instead be clothed in Christ. He needed to trade the ways of dishonoring...
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