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Pain That Does Not Define Us

Dr Larry Crabb in his book, “The Marriage Builder,” made this observation: “In Jesus’ day there were those who tore their clothes to show anguish at difficult circumstances verses the priests who were forbidden to tear their clothes. He writes, ‘The answer lies in a privilege accorded only to the priests. None but the high ...

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A Prayer for Good Friday

If the cross tells us anything, O Lord, it is that You know and share our suffering: You are with us, and all those who are victims of disease, of the violence or abuse of others, of our own ignorance, foolishness or sin. Help us and restore us, O Lord, we pray. You are with ...

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The Contented Life

 The Contented Life* Flying on a plane is one of my favorite things to do. I realize it would get old after a while, but I fly just enough to keep it exciting. That’s why I was excited about my up-coming flight to Phoenix. The suitcases, the ticket counters, the take off, the view, the ...

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The Muddle of Life

I have a confession….I don’t much like TV preachers. They typically proclaim a gospel that is neat and tidy where we are in control of God with our slick formulas. If you do this…God will have to do this. We are not only encouraged, but pushed into believing if you are not living victoriously, (by ...

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Desert Places

Often we go through difficult periods or circumstances in our lives.  These kinds of places have been described as “desert” places. The desert is the place where you think you will die. Yet even the desert serves a divine purpose.  Consider Craig Barnes thoughts on going through the desert from his book, Sacred Thirst: “Perhaps ...

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Reckless Wonder

I continue my thoughts on wonder as I came across Isaiah 55 this morning: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,        neither are your ways my ways,”        declares the LORD.   “As the heavens are higher than the earth,        so are my ways higher than your ways        and my thoughts than ...

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Awe and Wonder

A couple of years ago, we took a motorcycle trip with a group of pastors to Canada.  Canada is breathtakingly beautiful.  That trip was endless miles of wilderness, mountains and rivers.  There were times we didn’t think our gas tanks were big enough to make it to the next gas station.  One morning before we ...