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

Transforming Traditions

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There are traditions or spiritual disciplines for our time with the Lord that can be restfully transformative. Before we begin our set aside time with the Lord or as we call it a Sabbath, we must allow ourselves to experience excitement, a sense of anticipation, or just a feeling of peace at being one who “walks with God.”  If we … 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

Be On the Alert

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In our church circles today we speak more often about personal sin than we do about evil. In our culture we fear to speak about how systems perpetrate evil on vulnerable people. Underlying the trauma of abuse and violence lies evil; and the result of evil is suffering. We must address this topic with a deep sense of humility to … Read More

Discernment

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Interest is growing among Christians who want to deepen their experience of God and to discern their life choices in a prayerful way.  We need a method for discerning major life decisions and noticing God’s presence. In counseling we are often asked to assist people facing major life changes.  They want to make a decision congruent with God’s call on … Read More