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When Dirt isn’t Dirty

I was at a gathering a couple of weeks ago, and one of the folks facilitating chose dirt as a metaphor.  He rode that metaphor pretty hard as he reminded us repeatedly that we are dirty by nature and because dirty isn’t good we needed Jesus to make us clean.  Sometimes, when we ride a…
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Advent – Birthing of Christ Conciousness

So, this post is a bit different for me.  The experience I share isn't unusual for me, it is the sharing of it that is. I am reluctant to share some of the more intimate experiences but felt, maybe this might be an encouragement to someone. Last week during a quiet time,  I found myself…
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Sanitized for your Convenience?

[I have shared this article a couple of years now.  It touches folks, and want to share it again this year.] 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 the Lord has been meeting me…
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Dealing with Grief through Christmas

Christmas can be stressful - the gift buying, the busy social schedule, financial pressures.  These aside, for many people the holidays seem to make the grief we feel with the loss of a loved one extra fresh.  This grief can certainly be a result of losing a family member or close friend to death, and it…
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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 for many, it has been a season of pain and loss. Each of us has our own experiences of loss and are most certainly aware of people we know who are entering the Christmas season with…
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War on Christmas? Still?

Fresh snow has fallen on the CornCob City, my prairie home.  The Town has the parks adorned with decorations and lights.  It’s quite pretty - the twinkle of the lights and the Merry Christmas signs.   And yet not so heartwarming because over the past few years, in reaction to a manufactured War on Christmas,…
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Potty Mouth Prayer

Is there a place for using a potty-mouth in prayer?  You know, profanity, swearing. In a moment of angst, and no other word will do, is it okay for followers of Jesus to let fly with the nasty four-letter words? Never? Maybe?  Depends on the word? As long as you conjugate them properly?  What’s your…
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Human Being versus Doing. Towards Wholeness

I am not alone when I admit I have wrestled with the being versus doing dichotomy. In essence, it's a longing to live more authentically, to experience meaning in those things we do and not feeling disconnected from our sense of being whether by mindless rote, guilt or unhealthy obligation. I know that this was…
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Careless Words – Stop the Carnage

My 12-year-old tells us of how at school there is a practice of "burns".  Burns are insults intended (so they say) to be humorous.  They make a sharp comment, someone feels stupid, hurt or embarrassed and the other kids laugh saying 'You just got burned!"  And sometimes, after a scathing burn, they follow up with "just…
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Motivated by Meaning

A fascinating 1972 video clip of Viktor Frankl, filmed in Toronto, Canada.  In this video, Frankl is calling humanity to aim to a higher standard, to pick a target beyond ourselves and while we may fall short, he argues we will reach further or closer to wholeness than if we aimed for something less.   In…
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