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Trash Talk with Scripture

In my quiet time this morning I was reading a piece of scripture for the New Testament translation by David Bentley Hart. I found myself lingering around Jesus’ temptation in the desert in Matthew 4. 5Then the Slanderer carries him off into the Holy City, and stood him upon the pinnacle of the Temple, 6And…
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Christmas: An Overcoming Light

Do not lose Hope.  Do not be afraid. Perhaps a bizarre way to begin a Christmas message but it has been a season of pain and loss; personally and for many that I have had the opportunity to support on their journey.  Even in our news feeds there is no shortage of stories of pain,…
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Dealing with Grief through Christmas

Christmas can be stressful for many people - the gift buying, the intense social schedule, financial pressures.  These aside, for many people the holidays seem to make extra fresh the grief we feel with the loss of a loved one.  This grief can certainly be a result of losing a family member or close friend…
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Navigating the Christmas Rush

Christmas day is fast approaching and many people are in a full-on lather of activity; shopping for gifts for our friends and family, attending Christmas social events, Church events, and Children's Christmas activities and concerts.  Not to mention scrambling to get things tied-up at work before the Christmas break! This is just par for the…
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Thriving and Surviving Christmas

The holiday season is upon us!  I unashamedly call it Christmas.  No, not in some attempt to stick it to the culture, but as a sincere sense of hope and meaning.  While the holiday has been hijacked by a manic pace of busyness and consumerism, the core of it all remains; a deep sense of hope…
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Sanitized for your Convenience?

I am excited for the lead up to Christmas this year.  I am looking forward to our family gathering together and visiting with friends.  As we are in Advent and my mind is lingering around expectation, waiting and hope. The Lord has been meeting me here, even in the midst of my own personal challenges.…
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War on Christmas?

Christmas is a very special time of year for many people. It is full of precious memories and traditions that often hold a deep sense of meaning, ones that have often been celebrated for generations. The times are a changing - and with that so does our culture. With the demise of Christendom (empire of…
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Santa Claus is Real… sort of

Ti's the season when our hearts are warmed by the Christmas tradition of giving to others. While deeply entrenched it is admittedly at times, over-shadowed by voracious consumption. Christmas traditions are numerous, rich and often very special to many worldwide. With the season also comes the gentle and not so gentle reminders to keep Christ…
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Lament

There was a tradition in a segment of Psalms referred to as the lament psalms. It was the pouring out of one's grief with all its ugliness to God. It was often in response to great loss, death, war, captivity and often gave voice to great despair and anger. In all the rawness that could…
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The Hum of the Creating Heart

It turns out that hum I hear in my head may be something more than the hamster on the wheel!  Can you hear it? Can you hear the hum, the electromagnetic hum of molecules as they interact in all things?  It’s not something we can hear audibly (but I suspect we can intuit), and yet…
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