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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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Peacemakers vs Peacekeeping: Dealing with Conflict

Do you cringe at the thought of conflict? Do you often go to great lengths to avoid conflict at all costs? Do you tend to appease when you probably should confront? You may be a peacekeeper. There is a difference between the peacemaker and the peacekeeper. Peacekeepers will go to great lengths to avoid or…
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Gratitude: Spiritual Practice Series

Gratitude is more than just saying please and thank you! Gratitude is the proceeds thankfulness. Gratitude is more of an awareness where thankfulness is more thoughtful and action that flows from gratitude. The thank-yous are a social response flowing from gratitude. Gratitude is something we cultivate within ourselves as we begin to shift our thinking from…
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Christ as a Light – A Celtic Prayer

The following is an old Celtic prayer.  It has been called the Christ Canticle and was often a part of Celtic Christian liturgy.  I find this prayer to be a great way to start my day, especially when the day ahead could be stressful. I appreciate the reminder of  Jesus' word that He will never…
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The Hard Work of Christian Unity

[A guest post by Dr Steve Crosby - http://stevecrosby.org] There’s an old saying that if we ever saw sausage being made, we would never eat sausage! Saying you favor Christian unity is like saying you love sausage.  Anyone can wax eloquent about the philosophical virtues of ideal sausage. The question is, do you have the stomach for…
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Are you a Lukewarm Christian?

The city of Laodicea was founded around 260 BC, in the Lycus River valley in what is now Turkey. It was a bustling city known for its great wealth from medicine, textiles/wool, and finance. It was so wealthy that when it suffered a major earthquake in 60 AD, they refused the support of the Empire…
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Cracks – A Spiritual Exercise

The following is a short spiritual exercise that will help you engage a little deeper with God. Take a couple of deep breaths and in prayer, invite Jesus into this time. Begin reading the poem below entitled "Cracks" by David Bookless.  This first reading is to help you get a sense of the entire piece. Now, read…
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I Want to Win the Lottery, God!

Tom was a faithful guy.  He loved the Lord and did his very best to serve God.   One day, Tom was deep in a wonderful daydream.  He was lost in the fantasy of winning the lottery.  Oh, what he could do with a few million dollars. “I could pay off my debts and buy…
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