Get In Trouble

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It has always seemed a bit counterintuitive that God would bring us to maturity through the challenges of suffering.  There is a simple equation in James 1:2-4 for producing a mature faith. “My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and … Read More

Staying Power

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We often wonder how we should respond to those who are suffering so that they are helped. We learn from the best; we learn from Jesus.  He steps into the crisis moments of lives. The chaos and noise never deter Him.  He encounters the suffering and sin of this world and has staying power; He calls us to do the … Read More

Love in a Crisis

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A crisis is a crucial and sometimes frightening time in our lives.  What has felt safe in the past is now unsafe, what was predictable is all uncertain.  We can experience a lot of emotional noise and chaos.  We may not be able to think straight, something is wrong and we want someone to help. We want the noise to … Read More

Used by God

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Used by God One of the first people I met, at the church I now belong, is Ralph.  He is an elder and has been serving for many years.  Now in his eighties he can be found every Sunday morning, at our new church plant location, ushering for the 11am service.  When I first met him he welcomed me with … Read More

Are You Ready for the Wedding?

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Our lives as Christians are essentially pre-marital counseling preparing us for a wonderful wedding.  All of us are the bride who will finally and eternally be united to our groom, Jesus Christ.  Our lives on earth are the means God uses for a deeper goal.  We can tend to conclude God doesn’t love us, or has failed us, when life … Read More

Tobogganing with Jesus

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Tobogganing can be a great rush of adventurous fun.  I remember as child how much we enjoyed tobogganing on a moonlit night.  We would hike up the hill and take turns being in the front seat to steer the toboggan.  The person who steers the toboggan helps you get down the hill safely and navigates the fun.  The snow is … Read More

Lost in Exhaustion

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One of the most common reasons for being exhausted is always being plugged in, available, and scheduled.  We are striving too hard, competing too much, and putting more on our plates than God has ordained for us.  In order for us to rest, have balance, and recover we must recognize the sources of the exhaustion. Reasons why we are so … Read More

Inadequacy to Serenity

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In our culture does everything seem to depend upon our competing and performing?  If the value and significance of our lives is not bestowed on us prior to and independent of our performance than everything will depend on our performance.  We forget we are not the sole creators of our destiny.  As Christians we do not become who we are … Read More

Fortify Your Life

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How many of us ever really pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness?  This is Paul’s admonition to us in 1 Timothy 6:11, “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” Have we ever dealt with hearts that grumble and become critical when things don’t go our way?  Do … Read More

Laughter Heals

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Over the holidays I was at a family gathering enjoying good food, good friends, and laughter.  I was talking with the family matriarch affectionately called “Memaw” by her grandchildren.  Looking at me she made a comment about the embroidered decorations on her sweatshirt and the effects of their strategic placement.  We started to laugh about the private joke between us.  … Read More