Responding To What Is

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“They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.” Matthew 15:37 There are often times in my life when I am overwhelmed by the circumstances in which I find myself. These circumstances tend to reveal my limitations, my lack of skills or inadequate resources. […]

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The Value Of Incidentals

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“People brought all their sick to him 36 and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.” Matthew 14:35b-36 “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the […]

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A Pause To See

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When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:36 “It’s only common sense that God guards all who have made love their business and who have, as a result, stopped worrying about themselves, having lost that desire.” The Book Of Privy […]

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The Beckoning Wilderness

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Matthew 2:14 “So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt,” Matthew 4:1 “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” It is the last week of December and the day celebrating the birth of Jesus has past, though […]

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Mosaic Spirituality

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“The people grieved for Benjamin, because the Lord had made a gap in the tribes of Israel.” Judges 21:15 My wife and I just spent a few days at a retreat with an eclectic group of leaders. I had been invited to share some thoughts on worship in relation to solitude and silence. As a […]

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Rollercoaster Reflections

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“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” […]

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When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 A couple of years ago, while doing some ministry in a small church in Oregon, I was sitting while being introduced by […]

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Living In Faith

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“The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1 This has been another interesting time in my life, mostly because it is unexpected. Recently I fell and broke a bone in my foot that requires me not […]

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A Soul Starved For Oxygen

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When I was a young boy I used to enjoy swimming in the pool underwater. Having been exposed to adventure stories involving submarines, bathyspheres, scuba divers and the like, I was hooked. Much of my time swimming was spent discovering more ways to stay under the water for longer periods of time. With practice I […]

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Ash Wednesday

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“For I eat ashes as my food and mingle my drink with tears” Psalm 102:9 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.” Matthew 11:21 Today is what is […]

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