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When we Experience Grief

All Grief Is Experienced at 100% Remembering that grief is the normal and natural response to a loss of any kind and that no two people experience loss the same way - All grief is experienced at 100%.  This doesn’t mean that all grief is experienced at the same level of emotional intensity.  We experience…
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What does Love see? An Ode to failure

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single person contemplates it, bearing the image of a cathedral within. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery   Ode to failure: a life that hasn’t turned out the way one had hoped. If we genuinely believe that nothing is wasted, that God is the ultimate…
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Confronting my Sacred Violence

As I continue to wrestle with my own violence, and the violence of my tribe, I am aware how I (we) often whitewash our violence with a smile, a bible verse or rationalize our aggression in the name of God (or God causes) as if the end somehow justifies the means. Violence, even sacred violence…
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Another Possible Temptation of Jesus

The temptation in the desert is a favorite story from the life of Jesus. There are some excellent insights into what it is to be human, and the temptations that we all face in one way or another, in our effort to get life apart from the source of life himself. The story starts as John has just…
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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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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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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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Follow Jesus – On the Way

With a sincere desire to cultivate a deeper experience and relationship with God many folks are conditioned to ask the question "how." How can I experience greater peace, joy and freedom in the Lord?  How can I get a deeper sense of my relationship with Jesus in all of life?  These are honest questions.  Unfortunately,…
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Breaking Free from Bitterness. The Transforming Power of Forgiveness

Bitterness is toxic!  No kidding, eh!  The cause of bitterness, whether it is towards another person, a situation or ourselves, is almost always unforgiveness.  The ability to forgive is key as we learn to walk in greater freedom from guilt, shame, anger, and fear. In short, forgiveness is the pardon of an offense or debt…
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Looking at Jesus

  They say that you become what you look at, and I think in many ways they're right.  For example, if we spend a lot of time watching violent movies or video games we can become desensitized to violence, and some studies suggest that we are much more likely to behave violently.  If we focus…
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