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

Pruning

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If we are honest there are times when we view God as our cosmic provider.  We think if we pray and have faith in a certain way then He will give us what we want.  We all know that is a drastically wrong view of God.  His purpose is not to give us everything we want but to give us … Read More

God’s Training Plan

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High accountability is required when we speak God’s Word to another.  We must be cautious to make sure we are not taking the Lord’s name in vain (Exodus 20:7).  Which means when we speak in His name, when He has not spoken, beware then will discipline follow.  This is a discipline that comes to remove from our hearts any pollution … Read More

Way of the Wise

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Do we have something to teach others when we are stuck in bad habits?  If we find ourselves still harassed by former bad habits and are teaching others should we stop teaching?  We might have something of value to share but we should not have authority.  We might get put to shame by our words and eventually begin to practice … Read More

When Love Hurts

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We long for companionable community and hope to find it in the church.  At the same time, we hate the church because it often can wound us deeply.  Counselors and leaders can often wound with their words, attitudes, actions, and demands.  Our relationship with those in church authority bring us face to face with life and death issues where our … Read More

Gospel Amnesia

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We can find ourselves start to sink into dark feelings of depression and despair when distressing life circumstances confront us.  In the stresses we can forget the many ways that God has been with us and guided us.  This condition could be named getting gospel amnesia. Gospel amnesia is forgetting that God’s truth stands the test of time in all … 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

I Don’t Like Change

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Some days the world seems to want to squeeze us all into the same mold.  Do we find ourselves eager to be like everyone else and use the right toothpaste, wear the right clothes, drive the right cars, have the same perspectives on success, and the same desires?  Do we fear to be different?  Are we so afraid of rejection … Read More

Move Toward Serenity

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Our culture is all about competing, performing, and winning.  We can think our value and significance depends on our performance.  We can believe that we are only loved by what we do.  God says our value was bestowed on us prior to our ability to perform.  We can lose sight of the fact that we are not the sole creators … Read More

How to be Content

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We wrestle in our souls to be content.  Our minds race out of control.  The anxiety of the task list alone, can control and steal our sense of peace.  It can seem as if we are running in fear and, in reality, no one is chasing.  We long for a deeper communion with God, to hear His voice more clearly, … Read More