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October 5, 2017

Step 1

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“We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.” This is the first step in the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. If you make a subtle, but realistic change in it then it applies to everyone. “We admitted that we were powerless over our sins – that our lives … Continue reading Step 1

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August 31, 2017

Total Eclipse of the Heart

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Recently Americans were able to view a solar eclipse. From Oregon to South Carolina the light was plunged into darkness, and day became as night. Some described it as a profoundly moving experience, others as an amazing event for the scientific community, and still others as a once in a lifetime opportunity. Where I was, … Continue reading Total Eclipse of the Heart

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August 17, 2017

The Least of These

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When I was in the 4th grade I was introduced to the classic work of high fantasy The Hobbit. I fell in love with Bilbo Baggins, an unlikely hero who would rather stay home than go on any adventures, thank you very much. It wouldn’t be much of a book if he had stayed in … Continue reading The Least of These

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August 9, 2017

Letting Superman and Batman Teach Us a Thing or Two

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Superman and Batman have been staples of the comic book world since they were introduced in 1938 and 1939 respectively. These have been in movies, TV shows, comic books, video games, and made into action figures, which means for many of us…we’ve always been aware of their existence. For those of you who don’t know … Continue reading Letting Superman and Batman Teach Us a Thing or Two

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July 17, 2017

Doctor Who?

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The British show Doctor Who was first aired in 1963 as a science fiction show with a mysterious alien (called a Time Lord) who travels throughout time. It began with an educational theme that developed over the years exploring not just science and history, but also philosophy and sociology. One major theme throughout the 14 … Continue reading Doctor Who?

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June 15, 2017

Creation and all its Magical Mystery

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (or Philosopher’s Stone if you’re in Britain) caused quite the stir among evangelical Christians in the late 90s. Some were put off because it was a story of witches and wizards, others because they’d read on some blog that it was bad for children. Muggles. I don’t remember when … Continue reading Creation and all its Magical Mystery

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June 10, 2017

Humanity on Trial

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“Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. It’s continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.” These words were not etched into my memory as a young child, but rather as an adult. I … Continue reading Humanity on Trial

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May 31, 2017

The Conflict Within You

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“I feel the conflict within you. Let go of your hate.” Luke Skywalker tells his father, Darth Vader. Who responds with, “It is too late for me, my son.” (Return of the Jedi. 1983) I grew up watching the original trilogy of Star Wars. Obi-Wan Kenobi was like a mentor to me. I flew with … Continue reading The Conflict Within You

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May 23, 2017

Leaders Read

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A constant among highly “successful” people is that they read. They read often. They read a lot. They read to grow. According to a Huffington Post article titled “The Reading Habits of Ultra Successful People”, Warren Buffett reads between 600 and 1000 pages a day, Bill Gates reads about a book a week, Mark Cuban … Continue reading Leaders Read

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May 17, 2017

What do you Expect?

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“I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” These are the words often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi. It reveals the difference between what is expected of Jesus’ followers, and what is experienced. Given this reality, I am not surprised by the numbers of people who resent … Continue reading What do you Expect?

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April 21, 2017

I Speak for the Trees

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I’ve always loved trees. I was one of the lucky few in my generation who grew up with trees all around my home. I would go into the woods for hours, building forts, pretending I was a Native American hunter, climbing trees, and generally letting my imagination and curiosity run wild. The trees reminded me … Continue reading I Speak for the Trees

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April 7, 2017

Triumph and Treachery

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This Sunday churches all around the world will celebrate an event which took place long ago, a young Rabbi entering Jerusalem surrounded by crowds of people shouting praise to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is called “Palm Sunday” because the story says the crowd waved palms as they shouted. Some also call … Continue reading Triumph and Treachery

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March 20, 2017

My 80/20 Rule

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Sometime ago I heard of a general rule that was called the 80/20 rule. Basically, it goes like this: In most organizations, you can expect roughly 80 percent of the work to be done by 20 percent of the people. There’s often a few people who end up doing all the work on the project, … Continue reading My 80/20 Rule

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March 7, 2017

Care and Feeding of our Neighbor

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Leviticus 19:9-18 deals with great specificity about how God’s people are to treat one another. I’ll sit and drink my coffee while you look it up. (sip) Ready? Did you read it? Good, now let’s dive into my love/hate relationship with this periscope (that’s one word for section of scripture). Reading through these verses challenges … Continue reading Care and Feeding of our Neighbor

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March 2, 2017

A Simple Guide to Prayer for Lent

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For Christians, Lent is a time of opening our hearts to God that we may know and love more fully. Some will take time to draw near to God through fasting and abstinence. They will “give up” something to trust God more fully, live more wholly, and experience a bit of new life. Some will … Continue reading A Simple Guide to Prayer for Lent

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February 20, 2017

Preparing for Lent

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There are many events in life that we prepare for months, sometimes years, in advance. Students all around the world are testing and hoping for letters of acceptance from universities for which they’ve prepared in their scholastic life and beyond. Millions of people use a website called theknot.com to plan their wedding day, and many … Continue reading Preparing for Lent

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February 13, 2017

Taste and See

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I spent two summers at a Presbyterian camp (Presbytery Point in Northern Michigan) as their adventure program coordinator. While there I led hikes, canoe trips, backpacking trips, and taught survival skills. There was a week during the summer when a group of inner city kids would come and spend a week with us at camp. … Continue reading Taste and See

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February 1, 2017

Love is Redefined in Jesus

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Love is redefined in Jesus, and interpreted to the world through the followers of Jesus. One of the most famous parts of the New Testament is found in First Corinthians chapter 13. You’ve probably heard it read at weddings or in vow renewal services. Go ahead and look it up if you aren’t sure. I’ll … Continue reading Love is Redefined in Jesus

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January 23, 2017

Dues Ex Machina

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I recently watched a movie in which the writer put the characters into a situation where they were helpless. Nothing they did could free them from their predicament. Because the writer had “painted himself into a corner” he had to introduce some power beyond the basic characters, in this case a god-like persona yet to … Continue reading Dues Ex Machina

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January 15, 2017

Change Your Mind

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Not long ago my wife discovered glasses for people who are color blind. She is not color blind, nor is anyone in our family, but she was amazed at the reactions by people who were when they received these glasses. The experience for most was both world-changing and emotional (Watch some of them here). These … Continue reading Change Your Mind

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January 10, 2017

Loving Herod

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Recently I preached a sermon from Matthew 2:1-12, which is the story of the wise men seeking the child born “King of the Jews”. As I researched this passage and thought about it, I came to recognize that the writer of Matthew spent a great deal of time talking about Herod. So much, in fact, … Continue reading Loving Herod

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January 3, 2017

Keeping in Touch – Jan. 2017

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I’m not one for “New Year’s Resolutions”. 1) I’m forgetful, especially if it’s something I should do but really don’t want to do. 2) Why wait until January 1st to make necessary changes to my life? 3) I forgot already why we were counting. The point is, change is hard and we shouldn’t wait around until a new year comes to make those ones that are most important. It just so happens that now is a time where we are talking about it. So here we go…

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December 8, 2016

Emperor Constantine and Long Wait

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There was a practice in the years following the legalization of Christianity in the Roman Emperor of waiting on baptism. This wasn’t the sort of “waiting” you’ll find today where some churches will baptize an infant and others will wait for an “age of accountability”. This was a practice where adult converts to the Christian … Continue reading Emperor Constantine and Long Wait

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December 2, 2016

The Core of Our Division

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Recently I was on Facebook reading posts and decided to comment on one. I commented in agreement with the original post, and yet seconds after my comment someone criticized me and proceeded to demonize me despite the fact that my original post agreed with his own perspective. It bothered me all day that this person … Continue reading The Core of Our Division

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November 29, 2016

The Light Shines in the Darkness

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“The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:9   Not long ago my children received a piece of mail that I wish had been lost, the Toys R’ Us Christmas catalog. Their eyes lit up with the possibilities of what Santa might bring for them. They started asking … Continue reading The Light Shines in the Darkness

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November 10, 2016

A Parable of a Lions Fan

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“These three remain: faith, hope and love. The greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor. 13:13   It seems there are always times when these words need to be heard. These words ring just as true in times of uncertainty and fear as they do in times of joy and peace. Though I think they … Continue reading A Parable of a Lions Fan

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November 10, 2016

A God worth Worshipping

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I sat on the front porch of a cabin in Divide, Colorado and watched the fury of the storm upon Pike’s Peak. The black clouds would roll in almost every day at 1 PM and if I wasn’t working that day I could sit and watch as the lightning struck what was called “the devil’s … Continue reading A God worth Worshipping

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