What's Going On?!

Posted by on 30 March 2013 | 0 Comments

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If Good Friday brings with it a sense of darkness and defeat, the day that follows can only be a day where that sense is amplified.  After being awake through much of the night that precedes Jesus’ crucifixion, the apostles have watched in horror as the teacher suffers the death of a criminal.  The sun has set.  And at some point fitful sleep comes.

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Dangerous Love

Posted by on 28 March 2013 | 6 Comments

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One of the saddest aspects of the Easter story is the demise of Judas Iscariot.  Judas enjoyed favor with Jesus.  He was one of the twelve.  He was entrusted with the riches of the Kingdom of God.  But at the end of the day, he was more interested in the kingdom of the world.  And so he sold out his friend, teacher... his Lord.

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Who Me?

Posted by on 26 March 2013 | 7 Comments

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During a trip through Pennsylvania a couple weeks back, Diane and I had the privilege of attending Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster, PA.  We had been told that Sight and Sound presentations outdo Broadway productions.  Of course I was skeptical.  But at the same time, from all I had heard, I expected to be impressed.

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Near to the Heart of God

Posted by on 23 March 2013 | 0 Comments

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When we think of prayer, not theologically or theoretically, but rather of our practical experience of prayer, it's easy to be humbled by the reality of what prayer is to us.  Because how we pray, reveals much about what we realy believe about prayer.  If we ask much but listen little in prayer, we are like children who have many 'wants'.  If we pray the prayers of others, we can fall into the trap of praying well, but not experiencing intmacy with the Lord.  Or maybe we just don't pray:  Our time - our life - is too valuable to spend seeking the Lord.

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Rest... Re-envisioned

Posted by on 20 March 2013 | 103 Comments

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During my sabbatical, it has been easier to find rest than normal.  My schedule has been pretty full at times, but even when full, it has not, for the most part, had the nagging urgency of 'Do it now!' screaming at me.  But soon, it is back to reality.  Back to... well, back to the ordinary, with all that that entails.

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Precious Moments

Posted by on 19 March 2013 | 2 Comments

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Anger.  God never said that we would not experience this emotion.  But his word commands, "In your anger, do not sin."  And therein lies a problem in our world.  We experience anger as part of our humanity.  But so often, in our anger we do sin.  And then we seek to justify our anger by placing blame.  We blame our boss.  We blame our children.  We blame our spouse.  We blame the church.  We blame our past.  And in so doing, we remain in a childish prison where - rather than taking responsibility for who we are - we blame circumstances for making us angry, and then respond to these circumstances out of our anger.

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Christian Community

Posted by on 16 March 2013 | 7 Comments

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God is relational.  Three persons.  One Godhead.  Perfect unity.

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You Shine

Posted by on 14 March 2013 | 0 Comments

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Here’s some travel tips for anyone thinking of travelling to the capital city of the United States of America:

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Stonewalled!

Posted by on 12 March 2013 | 0 Comments

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This week, Diane and I had occasion to walk around the battlefield in Manassas, Virginia where the First Battle of Bull Run was fought.  It was here that Thomas Jonathan Jackson earned the nickname “Stonewall.”  The story is told, that as the Confederate lines began to crumble under heavy Union assault, Jackson's brigade provided crucial reinforcements on Henry House Hill.  The commander demonstrated the discipline he instilled in his men, refusing to retreat, and instead, standing in the face of the oncoming onslaught. Brig. Gen. Barnard Elliott Bee, Jr., exhorted his own troops to re-form by shouting, "There is Jackson standing like a stone wall. Let us determine to die here, and we will conquer. Rally behind the Virginians.”  The rally turned the tide.  And Thomas Jackson would take his place in history as ‘Stonewall’ Jackson.

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Let us Love

Posted by on 9 March 2013 | 2 Comments

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When Jesus returns to call his children home, we will know him.  By His scars.  By His Spirit.  By His glory, he will be known to those who have have known him here on earth.  But just as the world knows that we are Christians by our love, so too, will Jesus be recognized by his love.

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