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Growing in Faith

My opposite way

Change…Why don’t we want to change? Change is hard. Do we not think that we are capable? Do you trust God enough to bring great results from change? Or is it because we are afraid of change itself? Those are some hard hitting questions that I have cross-examined myself with and the answers I came up with, before God, were…

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Wading through worry

How many days have you woke up with worry? Too many days to count? I love the charge that Jesus gives in Matthew 6 about the worry waters of life. Ever notice how He gives us instructions about what to do about worry? Side note: when there is a “Therefore” in God’s word, it’s a red flag to see what it’s there…

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One Good Friday

The ladies hurried in and started removing items one by one. The lights were dim in the room that brought a quiet solitude. Everyone was reverently sitting and watching. One by one the candles disappeared, the flowers were next, then the cross that was centered on the veiled stone altar. In only a few minutes, nothing was left but the…

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Some reasons to get out of bed today

If you are like me you are running on empty most days, and your to-do list just keeps growing and growing.  Most days are overwhelming with a cumulative list of tasks. Ever get to the point of thinking twice about getting out of bed?  The doorway to depression is often calling your name, beckoning your heart to just succumb to the…

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What’s the deal with purity?

Purity.  Isn’t that just for single people or those who have claimed a life of celibacy? Usually when you hear that word it’s used in the same sentence as a youth minister’s Wednesday night lesson.  It certainly is a battlefield that seems to have few victories in the lives of teens and singles.  …

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What to do before you get angry

I can make a lot of excuses for what happened on Friday evening. I got up at 4:30 am, so I was cranky I had been traveling most of the day I hadn’t had a real meal in 8 hours I had not seen my family for 3 weeks It was a combination of those things and more that led to McDonalds for dinner, and ultimately, a life lesson. I just wanted a grilled…

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I think I’m praying wrong

You do not have in mind the things of God, but merely human concerns. – Mark 8:33 The funny thing about the Bible; you can read a story all your life, and still get a new message from what you read. That happened to me this week as I went through Mark 8.  There is a moment when Jesus is, very clearly, telling his disciples what his death…

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Don’t Fall Down The Worry Slope!

As I have been transitioning and moving from Oklahoma to Minnesota, my wife, Colleen, and our two children, Ezra (10 Months) and Joash (6 Years) are living in Oklahoma so Joash can finish school for the year.  There have been some challenges, as it seems as if the moment I left 3 weeks ago, everything in the house started falling apart. …

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Listen to God

I’ve lived a good chunk of my 51-years learning some very difficult lessons.  I might add, with gratefulness to God, some very valuable lessons.  While we all face lessons to be learned, most come out of choices made, good or bad.  I’ve made some choices out of fear, rebellion and unforgiveness.  I’ve also made choices…

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The memory of God’s people

Last summer, someone made a wise observation that has stayed with me for weeks – the Church responds swiftly when there’s an acute, immediate need. Food drives are organized, candlelight vigils spring up across the community, and every person feels a call to get involved and serve the hurting. Then we drift from…

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