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The Temptation to Hide… Includes Green Beans

The Temptation to Hide… Includes Green Beans

We’re pretty creative beings… especially when it comes to trying to cover our tracks.  I’m pretty confident this isn’t a learned behavior – although I’m sure we do gain insight by watching others along the way – but this desire to hide is woven into the very DNA of our sin nature.  So it is with us from birth. There are things you laugh about as a parent even though I’m fairly sure we’re not supposed to.  Tonight held one of…

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Growth through Waiting

Growth through Waiting

Waiting is a hard game to play.  I can’t think of a time where waiting ever seemed like a worthwhile or pleasant experience.  Even waiting in line for the best roller coaster at the theme park is still waiting… and it’s not that enjoyable.  Then you enter in times of waiting where you are hoping and waiting for an unknown outcome… the result could be good, but it could also be bad. I think waiting also tends to numb us…

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Mission Together

Mission Together

Nicolaus Zinzendorf, the great German pastor and reformer of the 18th century, gathered together a group of Christ-followers that were known as “The Lord’s Watch”.  In 1727, this community of believers started a round the clock “prayer watch” that lasted unbroken for 100 years.  There were about 300 people in this community of faith at the beginning, and various ones covenanted to pray for one of the 24 hours in the day. In 1792, 65 years later, with the lamp of…

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Ultimate Hope

Ultimate Hope

Yesterday was a hard day.  Actually, this past week has been a hard week.  And I don’t just mean for me.  We’ve got a community, a high school, friends, family and relatives who are grieving.  The pain runs deep, especially when life is cut short.  Questions loom large and answers seem nowhere to be found.  Trying to make sense of tragedy seems to always be futile. It’s times like these that 1 Corinthians 13:12 seems like the understatement of the Bible….

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Borrowed Time

Borrowed Time

One of the things I love most about being a parent during the holidays is the excitement that comes from my kids.  As we were in the advent season, time became really important to them.  We used our advent calendar to countdown the time until we would celebrate Jesus birth… and oh yea, something about counting down to presents too.  But everything about advent was marked by time and a desire for that time to be well spent.  We used some…

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Gospel Re-Orientation

Gospel Re-Orientation

From what I’ve observed these years I’ve spent in public ministry and even in my own experience during my high school years… I’ve found that the church has a difficult time just resting in the Gospel alone.  There is something within us that just drives us toward feeling that we’ve got to add something to the Gospel equation.  So we start on our formulaic journey to make the Gospel = Jesus + something.  For some it is Jesus + church…

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Boldness

Boldness

The disciples and the early church were distinctively marked by boldness.  Boldness in a supernatural kind of way.  Boldness that was beyond personality, intelligence or even personal preference.  It’s a boldness that couldn’t be mustered up or created, but it was one that was desired and pursued. They were “filled with the Holy Spirit” and the religious leaders“saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been…

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The Roller Coaster Called Emotion

The Roller Coaster Called Emotion

Needless to say, this journey has been full of emotion.  Many times we have felt like we are on a roller coaster – at times in fear, hanging on with white knuckles and other times exuberant with joy.  There have been many tears shed and many smiles shared.  We definitely have experienced what Jesus meant in John 10:10 when He said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  I’ve always described this verse…

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The Road [Story] to Recovery

The Road [Story] to Recovery

I guess this idea of road has been on my mind throughout this journey.  In some ways it makes a lot of sense to look at our journey in this life as a road.  But it also seems a bit to simplistic to look a life as a road because there is so much more to life than simply getting from point A to point B.  Now make no mistake… point B – our final destination is of utmost importance. …

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Discovering God’s Purpose in Waiting

Discovering God’s Purpose in Waiting

Waiting is hard… especially for me.  I think my life really has had only one speed and it doesn’t seem that waiting fits well into that speed.  I mean, I have trouble at doctor’s offices, red lights and even my mac pinwheeling.  Waiting often feels purposeless.  I’ve got better things to do than wait. I have honestly tried to evaluate this problem… even though I have trouble reconciling it as a problem.  Surely there are better things to do wait……

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