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30
May

Focused Once More

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“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. Mark 11:22 When my son was small I remember the delight he experienced when I would throw him up in the air. It was a moment when he would scream with a big smile on his face. The words that came out of his mouth were “higher, higher!, and […]

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13
Apr

The Feast Underneath The Table

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“Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Mark 7:28 We celebrated Easter a couple of weeks ago, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It was a great day in many ways, one of which was being with family for a meal together. At this stage of life there are not […]

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31
Mar

As Lent Gives Way To Easter

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“For he grew up before him like a young plant and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him… But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment […]

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17
Mar

Beneath The Foundations

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“Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.” Mark 7:15 About six months ago we noticed in our house that the hardwood floor in a downstairs room was showing signs of water damage. We eventually had to move all the […]

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28
Feb

Living With Desolation

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He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. Isaiah 40:11 I spent the last few days with my daughter and her two children. They’re son is only four months old and is generally a really […]

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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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