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Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places

Once upon a time, a Sufi mystic was searching for something on the street outside her small hut. The sun was setting, and darkness was descending, as few people gathered around her. "What have you lost? What are you searching for?  Perhaps we can help," they said. "I have lost my needle." The mystic replied. One of the people said, "Well, the sun…
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Being Acceptable to God: Holiness in Real Life

One of the greatest pleasures in my life is working with wonderful and diverse people.  It is so incredible to see how the Father works in each life.  Far too often I am afraid when I get to meet some of these folks, it is because they are experiencing some sort of crisis in their…
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Life is Not Too Short

The following is a piece by a young woman, Jacqueline Warner, just prior to passing away from Cancer. The Valley of the Shadow of Death can be the fertile ground for some profound insights. It can cut through the crap and cliche's getting to the real heart of life, and provides some deep perspective on…
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Can you Hear Me? The Skill of Listening

Learning to listen well has been a life long challenge for me, and maybe for some of you. Many of us can get caught in defensive listening. Defensive listening is the temptation to listen looking for an error, or to formulate a response or a rebuttal before the person has finished speaking. Sometimes we listen through…
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Pastors: Stop the Cloning! – Discipleship

Have you ever experienced a situation where someone, in the name of Jesus, tried to fashion you into their own image of Jesus? As well-meaning leaders we want to help others mature in faith, help them grow in Christ-likeness. Unfortunately, we can sometimes have a narrow idea of what this Christ-likeness looks like, and often…
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We ARE Chosen

How many of us remember the ad-hoc choosing of teams in the school yard? "I'll take Jimmy."  "I'll take Jane" and so forth until there is a lone person left and chosen by default.  There were times when I was growing up that I found myself the last to be chosen.  It is an awkward feeling to not…
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Black Holes, Jesus and the Victory of God

I am a bit of a sci-fi geek. I grew up watching Star Trek, Star Wars and just about anything with aliens and outer space.   One of the coolest phenomena which provided great plots and excitement was the mysterious Black Hole! A Black Hole is a phenomenon in outer space that has a gravitational…
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My God, my God why have you forsaken me?

I have been reflecting the Gospel accounts of our Lord hanging on the Roman tree, and I am gripped by the sheer terror of the event. As Jesus hung there in great anguish, He cried out “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” (My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?) (Mt.27:46) For a long time, I…
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Easter: Good News for Zombies!

A few years ago, we were visiting a Church in the States on Easter Sunday. The Pastor, a friend of mine, was tremendously creative with sharing the Gospel through pop culture and his Easter Sunday message was no exception. He was presenting the Easter story using various media and was at the part in Matthew…
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Don’t Mind the Mess. Jesus Doesn’t.

I had an aunt who was a neat freak.  There's no other way to put, and she would agree, if through gritted teeth and tight-lipped smile.  I have a memory of visiting her home and my wife-to-be mistakenly walking into the freshly vacuumed family room.  My aunt shrieked with panic as my betrothed's socked foot…
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