Music Therapy

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Music can be good therapy.  Music functions in Scripture in many ways. It is one of the divinely appointed vehicles for the word of Christ (Colossians 3:16).  Music can be a gift of grace enabling the repentant, depressed person to walk in obedient faith, (Psalm 32:7) regardless of their circumstances (Habakkuk 3:17-19).  It can provide structured discipline in renewing the … Read More

Christmas Contemplation

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Some of us have learned how to spend a lot of time with ourselves this past year.  Maybe we have discovered we needed some time for rest and reflection.  It has made some of us start to contemplate who we are in our deepest selves and slow down and pay attention. It has been a time where we have started … Read More

Build Up or Tear Down

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None of us look forward to the experience of criticism.  Criticism can tear us down and overtime can cause to think we are unlikeable failures.  Feedback is received well when someone says they think we are doing good in one area but see where we could improve. The text of Ephesians 4:25-32 gives us some clear rules for governing our … Read More

Longing for More

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We long for a more personal and intimate relationship with God.  Our hearts crave a connection with God from His Word.  We have knowledge of the Word but something is missing. We live in a high-performance culture, where holding to deep spiritual values is not regarded as the greatest treasure.  In the pressure to perform we are tempted to look … Read More

Detach to Attach

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Have you ever found yourself enslaved to something? Enslavement occurs for most of us at the level of habit.  Liberation also takes place at the level of habit.  There are two basic points of view that influence our choices.  We can summarize the first with the phase, “The one with the most toys wins.”  This is a way of life … Read More

Time to Retreat

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When the gridlock of your schedule is relentlessly controlling you, when your heart is beating against the prison walls of your enslavement to the task list, it is time to spend time with the Lord.  Is it time to step away and follow the pattern of Jesus’ life?  He sought times of quiet solitude.  “In the morning, while it was … Read More

Tyranny of the Urgent

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t The demanding moments in life can crowd out more important priorities that ultimately are of greater consequence.  When we are in a constant state of emergency we can find it difficult to step back and make thoughtful decisions. Urgency was the culture of the company in which Deb worked.  She was very task oriented and reacted to the demands … Read More

Power of the Positive

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Mental energy is derived from positive thinking.  Negative thoughts can help to direct our attention to important needs that are not being met.  It could be a need for food, rest, or an imminent threat of danger that is presenting itself to us. Amanda had a very negative way of looking at the world. It robbed her of satisfaction and … Read More

Sabbath Compass

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We have a desire to succeed, to meet every growing expectation.  We do not rest and lose our way.  We miss the compass points that would show us where to go.  We miss the quiet that gives us wisdom.  The pressure of frenetic activity is corrosive and has an effect on us and others.  We push our bodies beyond what … Read More