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

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

Your Life Giving Story

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The stories we tell of our lives and those that are told to us can shape who we become.  Each of us absorb our stories from many different sources; the families we grew up in, our culture, and our faith traditions to name a few.  It is not the things that happened in our past that define us but the … Read More