Prosperous and Successful

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The world says to succeed we have to follow our natural instincts and appetites.  We need to work at convincing ourselves that what we want is okay.  Greed, ambition, looking out for number one, having a good time, being rich, and winners are the mantras for the world’s way to success. The dictionary defines success as the “degree or measure … Read More

Reasoned Comfort

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Some of the most comforting and clarifying words come from Isaiah 43:1-4. “But now thus says the Lord, He who created you, Oh Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the … Read More

You Are Mine

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Simple truths have a significant impact on how we do life;  especially, when it gets difficult.  “God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription; “The Lord knows those who are his…” (2 Timothy 3:19a) NLT.  We are His.  He knows Us. When it gets down to life-and-death issues, to whom do you entrust your life?  God in … Read More

Emotional Health

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Being emotionally healthy is a process that requires continual work.  This does not mean we will always be checking our emotions or following a list of spiritual dos and don’ts.  The goal is to nurture a deep relationship with the Lord that is experiential, trusting, and loving.  In this we learn, over time, to more and more love what God … Read More

Do You Fear the Fight?

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Conflict is everywhere.  In our world of sin and shame unity and love are hard-won achievements.  The goal is to learn to persevere and fight with wisdom and humility. What is your conflict style?  Do you doggedly hound a person for resolution?  Are you an avoider?  Do you fear difficult conversations minimizing and sidestepping any way you can?  Do you … Read More

Transform Shame

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Shame and Guilt Defined Guilt in Western culture is about whether we have done the right or wrong thing.  We have chosen our actions and we are responsible for those actions.  The action or actions can be measured in an objective manner and it is either right or wrong.  If it is wrong we are found guilty.  The opposite of … Read More

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