Try something different

Try something different

We are a people of routines. Even people who like to think themselves sporadic and unorganized are ritualistic at their core. Routines, or chain reactions are paramount to our existence. They allow us to proceed through our daily functions with a level of “auto pilot”. It’s probably not something you consciously do, rather these are […]

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Come Out Of Hiding

How many times have I heard the account of the woman who was healed by touching the hem of Jesus’ robe? Possibly thousands.¬†What I love about the Bible is that you can read, hear or listen to teaching on the same portion repeatedly, and still learn something new every time. Here’s what struck me recently […]

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Low Tide

I’ve always loved the ocean. I love the strength, beauty and consistency. Its cycles are predictable, and yet, the deadliest mistake you can make with the ocean is to assume you’ve got it all figured out. Today I’m here, sitting at my favorite spot. Right now it’s low tide. As I look across the inlet […]

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Grace all around

We all have our moments. We all have moments when we really shine. Moments of generosity. Moments of self-sacrifice. Moments of courage and strength. Moments where we are living in the fullness of who God made us to be, those moments when we’re amazing! We also all have moments where we crash and burn. Moments […]

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What comes naturally

I’ve been thinking a lot about what comes naturally and who we really are. There’s a difference, you know. Each of us has a base, God-given personality. Our personality traits differ greatly from those around us. These traits are, in and of themselves, absolutely neutral, not inherently bad or good. They are simply traits that […]

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Layers of Healing

Have you ever wondered why sometimes things take a long time to heal? I have. Forgiveness too! Sometimes forgiveness takes a really long time! Is it because we didn’t fully forgive in the first place, or, rather, is it because there’s so much to forgive? In Mark 8, we read one of the accounts where […]

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It’s not about the bread

We live in a natural world, with natural needs and natural concerns. We need to pay our bills. We need to eat. We need to experience love and acceptance. We need to feel safe. We need coffee (well some of us need coffee more than others.) We live in a natural world and have natural […]

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The death of the dream, the birth of the vision

“Have a plan,” they said, “it will be fun,” they said. The advice is always to dream. “What do you want? If you could do anything, what would you do? What’s your 1, 5, and 10 year plan?” Well, I dreamed and I planned… But it didn’t look anything like this. I’ve been in the […]

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I will never stop…

I’m not a huge fan of modern love songs. In fact, in most cases I think calling them “love songs” is overly generous. What the majority¬†portray isn’t love at all, and when it is, it’s only love in the shallowest sense of the term. However, now and then one comes along that hits it on […]

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Drive-Through Religion

Last Wednesday was “Ash Wednesday” – the beginning of Lent and the count down to Easter. Now, this fact has various implications, depending on what traditions a given church follows. The churches that I’ve attended have never placed much, if any significance on these days. From my perspective, I view the day and accompanying activities […]

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