Who is Your Reference Point?

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Has our culture become a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing?  Do we tend to mirror the nature of our culture instead of knowing who we really are as believers in Jesus Christ? There is much good in our culture, but there is equally a lot that is detrimental to following the Gospel.  We can observe that American society … Read More

Are You Generative or Geriatric?

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As we listen to people in our American culture who are approaching their senior years there are two often repeated lines of thinking.  The first says, “I have worked hard all my life I just deserve to relax and do enjoyable things.”  The second is the belief that they don’t have anything of value to contribute because they are no … Read More

Are You Only Halfway?

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There are plenty of us who are half-way Christians.  We will give up possessions, power, position, and friends and still not be able to submit ourselves in total obedience to God.  It is difficult for us to submit ourselves in complete unreserved obedience to the Lord. Luke 11:34 says, “Your eye is the lamp of your body.  When your eye … Read More

Jesus Heartburn

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Spiritual transformation takes the form of companionship with Jesus.  Spiritual people are not just those who engage in spiritual practices but those who draw their life from a conversational relationship with God. We see this in action after His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples on various occasions until He ascended to heaven forty days later.  His main task during … Read More

Are You a Sheepdog or a Shepherd?

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In our training for counseling and Christian leadership the emphasis can be on getting others to do what we want them to do.  To be focused on managing people in manipulative ways is not the same thing as leading them.  This can be likened to being like a sheepdog.  The job of a sheepdog is to forcibly scare by barking … Read More

Blinded by the Light

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In the Christian life the benefits of living an obedient life are many.  There are two benefits that are so linked together that it is difficult to treat them separately.  The epitome of these character qualities is a passion for personal holiness and a sense of humility.  Over time the Holy Spirit generates in our hearts and souls a craving … Read More

Rhythm of Rest and Work

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A couple of weeks ago I was at a leadership retreat where we were to arrive on a Monday evening and meet with our small groups for dinner.  We were asked to come with a question that we wanted to present before God for the discernment of His will. I came into the retreat so tired I felt like an … Read More

Uprooted

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Thunderstorms and fierce windstorms can cause tremendous damage to trees and property.  A recent storm in our area snapped the tops off some trees and uprooted a neighbor’s beautiful maple tree.  The tree was pulled out of the earth leaving a gaping hole in the ground and the root system of the tree upended from stability and nourishment. In a … Read More

Hidden in Christ

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Who we are Do we think of our lives as immersed in blessing? Ephesians 1:3 says, “…the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing…” Do we see our lives as immersed in blessing? If not what keeps us from living in complete abandon to God? Ephesians 1:4 tells us … Read More

Wisdom and Love in Boundaries

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We have been hearing so much in the news about the contentious topic of whether our country should have a border wall or not.  This strongly debated issue reminds us that we also struggle with whether we should have boundaries.  Boundaries are deeply familiar to us.  The word boundaries gives us an image of people wearing masks creating a subtle … Read More