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14
Feb

Lenten Reflection

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“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.” Mark 8:34-35 Today is Ash Wednesday and this year it happens to fall on […]

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30
Jan

Honoring The Space

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“He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” Psalm 18:19 I just finished teaching a church staff about healthy spiritual rhythms of pause. They were a delightful group and I felt honored to share some things I had learned on the subject of pause and making space […]

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07
Jan

Sacred Interruptions, Sacred Pause

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“About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?’” Acts 22:6-7 “What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my […]

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23
Dec

One Essential Gift

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Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. Psalm 130:7 I’m presently sitting in my family room looking at a Christmas tree, listening to some classic Christmas songs and fondly remembering the Christmas of my childhood. One of the opportunities of looking back […]

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09
Dec

Winter Pause

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A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. Isaiah 11:1 Once more a remnant of the kingdom of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above. Isaiah 37:31 Driving around my town at this time of year reminds me that I now live in […]

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05
Nov

Spiritual Disorientation

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My wife had hip replacement surgery this last month. It was fairly significant with some very hopeful and positive outcomes. On the day of her surgery we arrived at the hospital in the early morning and she was taken in to a pre-op room where she met with various people and certain aspects of the […]

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22
Oct

The Ferocity Of Fire

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“On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.” Acts 8:1 In 1988 Yellowstone National Park experienced a devastating fire that shut down a great deal of the park leaving it scorched and desolate. It showed the great damage that […]

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08
Oct

Staying With The Process

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This has been an eventful week! While enjoying the privilege of baptizing my niece in the Pacific ocean and having a great time teaching and singing at the Journey in southern California, my granddaughter Gigi had to have her appendix removed. It wan’t such a fun time for a five year old and she still […]

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25
Sep

Faith That Sees Further

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Hopes, dreams and expectations are often a source of excitement and at times a source of struggle in my life. As much as I try to convince myself of the lack of influence they have over me, they still seem to leave an impact. Often this impact is realized more internally than externally. In my […]

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10
Aug

Shadow And Substance

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“These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.” Colossians 2:17 I am fascinated by shadows and how objects bathed in light form them. When I was a young boy I used to enjoy chasing my shadow or trying to change the shape of my shadow […]

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