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Finding Your True Self

For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. ~ Jesus Former Poet Laureate Billy Collins is one of my favorite poets and he wrote a … Continue reading

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Cast into the Deep

 And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.”  Luke 5:10 When I was a boy my father bought a 1949 Ford pickup for $50.00.  He told me that if I would help him … Continue reading

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Lord of the Storm

A windstorm swept down on the lake, and the boat was filling with water, and they were in danger. They went to him and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he woke up and rebuked the wind … Continue reading

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On Seeing God

Persons rarely become present where they are not heartily wanted. ~Dallas Willard Do you remember the time when Moses was tending sheep in the wilderness of Sinai and saw a flickering fire off in the distance? Moses said, “What’s going … Continue reading

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How Big is Your God?

Parents often ask their young children a very important question.  Grandparents ask it too.  “How big are you?  Soooo big!” I’m deeply convinced that the way we live is a consequence of the size of our God and the problem … Continue reading

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When Your Pastor Lets You Down

I stand 6’4” and weigh over two hundred pounds but felt physically insignificant standing next to David.  He weighed north of four hundred pounds and was one of my first baptisms in my first church—almost three decades ago.  When we … Continue reading

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No Worries, Man

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life. ~ Jesus I saw a bumper sticker one time that said, “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” When I saw that I wondered, “Would … Continue reading

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Life with God is an Inside Job

For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. ~ Jesus Is Jesus being meaner than Moses? No, he is saying that … Continue reading

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The Wilderness

…Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness… Matthew 4:1 Our image of the wilderness is one of landscapes, beauty, and well-marked trails. In a sense, I live in a kind of wilderness right here in the upper … Continue reading

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The Disciplines of Peace

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ….whatever … Continue reading

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