Tag Archives: Giving. generosity

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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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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Navigating the Christmas Rush

Christmas day is fast approaching and many people are in a full-on lather of activity; shopping for gifts for our friends and family, attending Christmas social events, Church events, and Children's Christmas activities and concerts.  Not to mention scrambling to get things tied-up at work before the Christmas break! This is just par for the…
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The Word that Lives

Once upon a time there was a faithful man named Philip.  Philip loved God very much and spent his life serving and sharing the “Good News” in the foreign country of Zamzam.   Zamzam was a lovely place, and the people were even more lovely.   Philip spent many years traveling all over Zamzam telling…
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The Least of These?

Jesus tells a story in Matthews 25 of a King who calls a meeting of his subjects. He said to the group to the right of him, "I want to sincerely thank and commend you.  For I was sick, and you cared for me.  I was hungry and thirsty, and you fed me and gave…
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Jesus. A Parable of God

They say a  picture is worth a thousand words.  A story can hold so much more than dry propositions or facts and one of the reasons Jesus was such an effective communicator was because He employed stories.  In these stories Jesus could communicate big ideas in a way that they could be more accessible.  These stories have come to…
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Gifts,Talents, and Christian Community

Cultivating Christian community has been a wonderful journey for our Amadeo community. We have let go of some things that we think have been unhelpful to vibrant Christian community. We have picked a few of those things up again for a time and a purpose - and then laid them aside again. While this has…
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The Heart of Good Gifts

One of the things I really enjoy is getting together with other folks who are on the journey.   I am astounded at how the central themes are all the same but the expression of those themes through individual lives is marvelously varied and unique.  It reminds me that the God we serve is infinitely…
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The Neighbor’s – Short Story

  God will often offend the mind to reveal the heart, and the following is a short story I wrote as an adaptation of the familiar parable of the Good Samaritan. Set in the modern day, I have attempted to re-tell this powerful story in such a way that we can identify with each of the…
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