Tag Archives: healthy faith

The Gift of God Now

Sitting in a local Starbucks writing an article about listening and how multi-tasking and the constant drone of noise bombards our auditory sensibilities.  I am aware of the Muzak on the speakers over head, the banter among employees and the dings, bing's and chimes of my iPhone beside me. Oops - what’s that?  I have…
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Loving Yourself: Forgiveness

Rhythms of the Heart - Video- We are encouraged to love our neighbour as ourselves (Mark 12:30-31) but what if we don't love ourselves? Jesus also taught after the last supper with His friends that we need to love each other as He loved us (John 13:34-35). One key way in which Jesus loves us is through…
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Money, Giving and the Obligation of Love

The subject of giving and money often are areas of contention in many communities and perhaps no more so than in Church communities. There are many high profile and many everyday examples of an unhealthy emphasis on money which contributes to the fairly widely held belief that Church is more concerned about money than anything…
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Devotion Untangled

Rhythms of the Heart -  In this video edition, Michael explores the role of devotion or spiritual practices for your unique life.  Because each person is uniquely created, one size DOESN"T fit all!   Unchain yourself from unhealthy religious obligation and practices which may just not be a good fit for you and your spiritual journey.…
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Is our Spiritual Life Connected to Real Life?

Many people are realizing the disconnect between their faith life and their everyday life, and this sense of disconnection is inhibiting the deep life transformations so many of us are looking for in Christ. In this video, Dallas Willard talks about spiritual growth, the church, and our responsibility as it relates to these.  Willard says…
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The Courage to Live Life Before We Die.

A friend forwarded me a list from a palliative care nurse. I know it has made its rounds on social media.  That being said, I thought it was quite moving. For those who may not know, palliative care is the care given to those who are dying.  I found the list interesting from the perspective…
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Faith & Forgiveness

I do some marriage counseling with both Christians and those who don’t yet know Christ. In the process, I’ve found that forgiveness is just as much a problem with “believers” as it is with those who have never received God’s forgiveness. While reading Luke 17 the other day, I noticed for the first time how…
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Being More or Doing More?

The wrestle with the dichotomy of being and doing comes from the emptiness that often accompanies doing religious things out of religious obligation. The idea that we have to do things for God for love, acceptance, duty, forgiveness. For many Christians this thinking sets us up for spiritual burnout. Many pastors burn out because they…
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Untangling Unity

Early in October I had a wonderful experience with a number of  folks in North Carolina.  It was marvelous for several reasons, the people were delightful in their own ways with their own expressions of the Kingdom and the Gospel story.  There were folks from Australia, Germany, the UK, Canada and from many of the…
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I’m a Little Cracked Pot…

Nothing like a little stress to bring things to the surface of my life that I need to deal with. You know... the not so nice things that you would rather not deal with. Take'em to the backyard, dig a deep hole and bury 'em. Out of sight out of mind! Not quite! I really…
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