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

I Just Deserve

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Recently I had dinner with some long-time friends.  We have had some great times over the years doing ministry together.  In the course of our conversation, I found myself getting angry at the injustices that we had all experienced in doing ministry.  It isn’t right and the Bible says it should be… we want things to be done right and … Read More

Called to Freedom

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In some recent conversations some folks have said to me that they felt like there were some events and perspectives happening around them that were causing them to believe their freedom in Christ was being hindered.  They were not sure if they were lacking confidence in their relationship with God or fearing what people thought of them. It often seems … Read More

Never Recover

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When you have faced a grievous wrong, it can feel like your enemies have pushed you face-down on the ground pushing your face into the mud.  This is a picture of things that are still having effects in the present: searing pain, unhealed wounds, feeling wronged by people in powerful places. How do we heal from sufferings that remain fresh … Read More

Honest to God

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I had set my cup of coffee down on the end table, to reach up, and get a book off of the shelf to clarify a reference.  I turned back, picked up my cup, and went back to the dining room table to finish what I was studying.  I did not realize the bottom of my cup was wet leaving … 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