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Obedience versus Surrender

Surrender to God is more accurately understood as the giving of oneself as gift. Obedience surrenders ones back... love inspired surrender gives ones whole self - including our heart.
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Deeper for the sake of Good

The Big Idea: Our best, most authentic work needs to be rooted in something bigger than us and our good work. A deep guiding force that keeps us from being consumed by our good work or worse, becoming that which we resist. We think that the good work in and of itself will keep us…
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I’d rather die than …

My heart aches.  Groans inside of me.  Sometimes screams and some times weeps. The tactics they use Diabolical Each one The primal temptation - an eye for an eye. An ever present crouching tiger at the door. I’d rather die than pick up their sword. I’d rather lose the battle than fight the way they…
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Facing my Violence for Justice Sake

Volumes have been spewed on the Washington Memorial - Covington School - Black Israelites - Indigenous drummer incident a week or so ago. As I watched, I became more distraught.  Through the cauldron of emotion I sensed a nudge to suspend judgement.  An invitation to pause and to “see”. What I saw in myself was…
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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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