Think About It

Watching you, what will the world believe?

Last week I invited you to take a look at what Jesus prayed in John 17 for his followers in his last days on earth. Most assuredly, Jesus’ words are for us today as well. He is petitioning the Father for a depth and degree of unity which the world is unfamiliar with. A unity as precious…

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I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden

I suppose this title could be a lead in to an article on suffering, but I’ll spare you the “pain” for the moment and open a conversation on something else too many professing Christians struggle with. There are two main reasons believers battle with what I am about to discuss. One reason is a “buy-in” to popular teaching which distorts the word…

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Discipleship: The Buzzword

In church life today it seems “discipleship” is the buzzword. I’m not convinced it means the same thing to everyone who uses the word or claims to be doing “it”, but despite the shades of meaning and application it’s probably a good idea to get on board with what Jesus commanded in his last words to the troops. Matthew…

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What’s Your “Yardstick” in the Comparison Game?

If you are fortunate enough to begin your walk with God with the understanding that you are not good enough to merit his attention and affection, you are in a minority. Too many sincere believers stroll through their faith journey like a child at the fair, looking at the fun house mirrors and seeing themselves in a dissatisfied manner.…

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Who are your Samaritans?

I have long been intrigued about 3 words in the beginning of John 4. The intrigue centered on geography for one thing, but more importantly on Jesus again defying universally respected cultural bias and doing the unthinkable, at least to observant Jews. “Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more…

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What are you waiting for?

Many things are on hold or even off the plate for us as we wait out the obvious effects of this global pandemic. Life for all of us will have changed for us or we will have changed our lives to adapt to something new and evolving. Some of us will wait until this cloud and…

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Is there a “bridge over troubled waters?”

Is there a “bridge over troubled waters?” Let me emphatically say YES! First and foremost, Jesus desires to be that for us and is close at hand always, not just in times of fear, uncertainty or shortage. He is the head which gives direction to his body and Jesus’ body, the church, is intentionally in motion,…

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I can’t tell you . . .

I can’t tell you how heartening it is to witness our church family pull together to meet the needs of others during these very uncertain times. Not that I didn’t already know we had it in us, but watching so many step forward and take ownership of caring for their extended “family” is a visible sign that the “body” of…

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What’s your story?

I really mean it. What’s your faith story? Do you ever reflect on what life was like before you “met” Jesus and what has changed as a result of your encounter? Did your encounter create a dynamic that keeps you looking forward to more of him? Did you meet the “real” Jesus? I suspect there must be a legion of…

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