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

Know and be Known

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What would you consider as the most important thing for your existence?  Many Christians would answer that it would be finding God or loving, knowing, and serving Him. However people express it, most would say something about God but would not make any reference to self. In all of the things God created only humans are challenged to know their … Read More

Alert and Attentive

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Stillness as a spiritual discipline before God can be appealing and a bit threatening.  Stillness suggests a way of being before the Lord that might seem a bit alien to us. We go through our weeks with our minds occupied by all we have to do.  Our thoughts are so set on the to-do list that over time it seems … Read More

The Desert of Conflict

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When we are in a conflict it can feel like we are in a lonely desert sitting in the scorching heat of emotion.  In the midst of this pain when we call out to the Lord He comes to give us wisdom from His desert temptations.  Imagine ourselves sitting on a rock in the desert watching the sun go down … 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